The birth of the Nordics 50 years ago

The birth of the Nordics 50 years ago


Last Saturday, at the Château Frontenac, I attended a wonderful gala to mark the birth of the Nordiques in the World Hockey Association (WHA) 50 years ago. During the gala, the National Capital Sports History Society (SHSCN) unveiled the plaque that will be installed at Place Jean-Béliveau to mark the birth of the AMH and the Quebec Nordiques. Thanks to SHSCN for allowing us to never forget the Nordiques.

Photos Marcel Tremblay 

The best scorer in history of the WHA, André Lacroix, is joined by Réal Cloutier and Marc Tardif, who finished among the five best scorers of the WHA. 

The room attendant press Henri Paré is with a former Nordiques player, Jean-Claude Garneau, and Joe Faucher. 

Usually Philip Pritchard and Craig Campbell of the Hockey Hall of Fame wear gloves to carry the Stanley Cup, but this time it's for the Nordiques jersey. 

Martin Madden and defender Pierre Roy, who won the Memorial Cup with the Remparts and the Avco Cup with the Nordiques. 

Serge Bernier was part of the Nordiques team that humiliated the Russians by winning 6-1. Serge is surrounded by his granddaughter, Léa Desjardins, his grandson, Anthony Desjardins, and his daughter, Sophie Bernier. 

Former Nordiques player and NHL referee Paul Stewart has been elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. 

André Lacroix, member of the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame, is flanked by former Nordiques Michel Parizeau and Michel De Guise. 

Undoubtedly two strong men of their time, Rosaire Paiement and Louis  Sleigher. 

Richard Leduc, member of the WHA Hall of Fame, and Réjean Giroux, member of the first edition of the Nordiques. 

The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, is surrounded by three players who have marked different eras of the Nordiques, the president of the Anciens Nordiques, Dave Pichette, Alain Côté and Marc Tardif. 

The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, accompanied the members of the evening's organizing committee, Olivier Bilodeau, Vincent Couture, Pierre-Yves Dumont, Marc Durand and Tek Chher. 

The former goalkeeper Louis Levasseur was represented by his wife, Réjeanne Brillon, and his daughters, Mary Lou and Annie Levasseur. 

Goalkeeper Richard “Le Roi ” Brodeur, seen in the company of Robert Guindon, had shone during the conquest of the Avco Cup. 

The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, is in the company of Marc Durand, president of the SHSCN, and François Lacombe, honorary president of the festivities.

Pierre Guité refused the offer of a professional contract from the Expos to evolve in hockey. 

The legendary trio dubbed the “Hot Line” was composed of Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson. 

Richard Racine, the son of Paul Racine, one of the first investors in the Nordiques, and Wally Weir.

The birth of the Nordics 50 years ago