In 1972, Nordiques began skating in the World Hockey League (WHA). This important piece of the wall in Quebec City’s sporting history will be highlighted with great fanfare from September 30 to October 2, in the presence of a few dozen notable former players from the Cursed Circle.
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Nordic members such as Marc Tardiff, Real Cloutier, François Lacombe, Serge Bernier, Richard Brodier, Christian and Pauline Bordillo have already confirmed their presence, as well as some stars from other WHA formations, such as the legendary Bobby Hall, André Lacroix and Steve Carlson (of the Hanson brothers from the film a hit).
The event was announced at Stade Canac, with several Rebel jerseys in the background.
“Thanks to the WHA, there was the Nordiques and then the merger with the NHL. This league, we have to talk about it.”
“It was a huge influence in the professional hockey world with about sixty NHL players choosing to sign with WHA clubs at the start of the rink. AMH has taken down the game of hockey,” said Mark Durand, president of the Capital National Sports History Association (SHSCN).
Stephanie Cadoret’s photo
AMH and Nordiques’ 50th birthday is the result of the collaboration (in order from left to right) Tek Chher, of TW Sportscards, Pierre-Yves Dumont, SHSCN member, Marc Durand, President of SHSCN, François Lacombe, former Nordic and Honorary President, Olivier Bellaudo, Chairman of the Organizing Committee , as well as Benoit Clairo, from histoirenordiques.ca.
According to Mr Durand and his collaborators from the organizing committee, Quebec will be the only city to celebrate 50 yearse Anniversary of the WHA, swallowed up by the merger of four teams with the NHL, in 1979.
“Quebec was a natural choice. It has always been an important city in AMH. This league was forgotten, but the players remained proud, and no one carried the torch anywhere. Perhaps to us, Hockey is more important than anywhere else, said Mr. Durand.
Lots of events
During the weekend, various activities will be organized, including conferences, signing sessions, an exhibition of artifacts from the Hockey Hall of Fame (including the AVCO Cup), as well as the grand banquet on Saturday evening at Château Frontenac, in which ticket sales will allow access.
A sign that nostalgia will be there, the banquet meal will be the same as that served on the sidelines of the first WHA All-Star Game presented in Quebec City in January 1973.
For a range of sports
The funds raised during these events will be used for the project that SHSCN is proud of to build a sports complex in Quebec.
This will be our first major funding for the project. There are talks with Quebec City, but nothing is conclusive at the moment. »
“Quebec is one of the few cities in North America where there is no Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Durand, citing in particular Myriam Bedard, Pierre Harvey, Gaetan Boucher and Patrick Roy, pleads that we find a place to celebrate the athletes.”
Over the next few months, more players will be announced who will be attending at 50e From AMH and Nordiques in Quebec.
A long-awaited passionate encounter
Former defender Francois Lacombe will be honorary chairperson of the celebrations surrounding the fiftiethe AMH Birth Anniversary. It was an honor for him, because he scored the first goal in Nordic history in his first home game, against the Alberta Oilers.
“Suppose I didn’t carry the disc from end to end like Conor McDavid, but my shot was a garnot!” Lacomb remembered, tongue in cheek.
More seriously, for former players like Lacombe, this fall event represents a golden opportunity to return to Quebec to celebrate unforgettable moments in their lives.
He said with clear emotion that he accepted the role that was offered to him.
“all of us buddies, even separated by space. “The heart is still there,” he said.
“It’s about getting things like that. When you get to 75 you start to think about how much time you have left. It’s all going to look for feelings and memories. I’m very touched, but if I’m named an honorary president, it’s only because I scored a goal.” There were some stars who did so much for Nordic.
Even if many at the time looked to AMH, the emergence of this disgraceful league was necessary, according to Lacombe. About a hundred players from Quebec played there for seven seasons.
“We had to discover other players. We always saw the guys from the Canadian. When AMH was born, people said to themselves ‘Look at how good these guys are too!’ This league allowed us to develop at home,” the former defender said.
According to him, it would not be necessary for me to have many arms to bring sixty former players to Quebec.
“Everyone in Quebec loved us. Ride into town not nearly. People almost followed us on our errands to see what we’d eat. I’m sure the guys are excited to get back here,” he smiled.
If Lacombe is pleased with the idea of reconnecting with the former Nordic team, he is on the contrary pessimistic about the team one day returning to Quebec.
“It’s frustrating. I don’t understand why we don’t have the right to join a team in Quebec, but you can’t confuse the NHL. It’s very conservative. I’d like it, but I’m afraid it won’t.”
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