The 90s weren’t a really good time for Canadian hockey at the NHL level.
The Oilers won their last dance in 1990, and the Canadiens won the Cup in 1993.
But, Canada lost two franchises in that decade. For those of you who remember, it could’ve easily been three teams.
It took fifteen years for the city of Winnipeg to get their team back, and it’ll be eighteen years this May (!) since the city of Québec had their Nordiques. The appetite from those in Québec City to get an NHL team is quite strong, as evidenced by a group known as Nordiques Nation.
The Nordiques Nation are active in voicing their support to get an NHL team back to Quebec City. They’ve travelled to other NHL arenas like the Nassau Coliseum, the Prudential Center, Joe Louis Arena, Scotiabank Place, and probably another one I’m missing. And tonight, they’re back at the Prudential Center for another round.
It’s not a couple dozen people, either. It’s a couple thousand people. Check out this video from April, 2011.
Why did a couple thousand Nordiques fans take a bus to New Jersey to watch a Devils/Bruins game? To show support. Members of Nordiques Nation are on record saying that they don’t want to poach a franchise with a long storied history, but they’d probably have no issue with taking a team that’s been run by the league for some time.
New arena? They’re already on it.
Now they just need a tenant.
So if you get a chance, check out the Devils/Canadiens game tonight. You’ll probably see (and hear) more than a few fans from Quebec City showing how much the NHL means to them.
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