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  • Appreciate the info. It's weird where I'm located,I'm about 30 miles south of Seattle. When it comes to the Vancouver Canucks,we get Sportsnet,CBC,a local Comcast station carries a few Canucks and then NBC. I personally prefer the Canadian coverage versus American as it has post interviews etc. For as much as Seattle has hockey coverage options,a bit surprising we don't have an NHL team.
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  • leafkillz thanks for the post WSJ Quebec Nordiques article in the forums.
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  • Kevin-B I only know of 2 seasons. Camping/Fishing and hockey,this weekend I have both.Life is good!
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  • Kevin-B replied to the topic Stanley Cup Finals Predictions in the forums.
    No doubt both these teams are excellent,game 1 was impressive. I tend to agree with the comments above,I expect Boston to take the Cup but don't read to much into my thought process because I thought the Pens would have beat out the Bruins
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  • Kevin-B Looking forward to Boston and Pittsburgh. Would like to see Iginla finally win the Cup but either way this is going to be some great hockey!
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  • Kevin-B created a new topic WSJ Quebec Nordiques article in the forums.
    Would love to see the return of the Nordiques.
    Here's the article

    The Only Thing Missing Is a Team

    Quebec's Nordiques Moved On Years Ago, but Their Fans Have Not; The 'Hippies' of the NHL

    Quebec City

    Three years ago, Jerome Landry founded a fan club for a professional hockey team in his hometown of Quebec City. Since then, he says, it has grown to include 90,000 members.

    What makes this particular fan club unusual, beyond the sheer number of people who belong to it, is the status of the team it supports—the Quebec Nordiques. In case you'd forgotten, the Nordiques don't currently exist. They packed up their sticks and skates in 1995 and moved to Denver.

    To overcome the small inconvenience of not having an actual team to root for, the members of Nordiques Nation organize trips to NHL games in other cities, where they show up wearing the disbanded team's traditional sky-blue jerseys. To make their presence known, and to make it clear that they are still not happy about their team's departure, they consume as many beers and hot dogs as they can and stand up to scream their brains out whenever the game clock shows 17 minutes remaining in a period (the Nordiques have now been gone for 17 seasons).

    "We're like the hippies of hockey," said Landry, a 36-year-old radio talk-show host. "We just want to get our team back."

    In 1995, after 24 years in the NHL and before that, the long-defunct World Hockey Association, the team—citing financial problems—moved the franchise to Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche.
    Some fans just started following the local junior team, the Quebec Remparts, which draw 11,000 fans to the Nordiques' old rink, Colisee Pepsi. Some young fans simply transferred their NHL allegiance to the rival Montreal Canadiens, who play a mere 160 miles away.

    But for Nordiques die-hards, junior hockey won't suffice, and rooting for the loathsome Canadiens was never an option. As the NHL playoffs approach next week, the absence of the Nordiques continues to torment them like a phantom itch.

    In the last month, however, hope in this hockey-gaga city of half a million has reached a new high. A series of news reports have suggested the NHL, which has controlled the Phoenix Coyotes since its owner declared bankruptcy in 2009, may consider moving the team here—or giving the city an expansion franchise. While an NHL spokesman declined to comment on the matter, one thing is perfectly clear: If the NHL does decide to return to Quebec City, the townspeople will be ready.

    In the summer of 2010, Quebec City mayor Regis Labeaume asked for the public's support to build an arena that could support an NHL team—even though there was no promise of landing one. Construction has begun on the new arena, a $400 million project, paid for with public funds, that is scheduled to be finished in 2015. The Nordiques even have a prospective owner: Pierre Karl Peladeau, who last month stepped down as chief executive of the media and cable firm Quebecor Inc. QBR.B.T +0.97% Through a spokesman, Peladeau declined to comment. The frenzy is so intense that every souvenir shop along this city's cobblestone streets has Nordiques paraphernalia hanging in the window.

    "They're alive," former Nordiques defenseman Dave Pichette said, if only "in the minds of the people."

    "They're very close to their team and proud of their city," said Rejean Houle, who played three years for the Nordiques in the mid-1970s. "For them, when the Nordiques left, that was a catastrophe."

    The Nordiques didn't go out on a high note. After seven consecutive playoff appearances, the team finished in last place every year from 1988 to 1992 and was wasting away in the league's second-smallest market. The nadir came in 1991, when superstar Eric Lindros refused to sign with the Nordiques after they selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. By trading Lindros's rights to the Philadelphia Flyers for a stockpile of players and draft picks, the Nordiques were able to rebuild their roster and renew the city's enthusiasm. But in 1995, the lagging value of the Canadian dollar forced owner Marcel Aubut to sell. The following year, the Avalanche—not the Nordiques—won the Stanley Cup.

    "It was very, very hard," said François Vallerand, 29, an assistant manager at Logo Sport, a sports-apparel store. "It's kind of your identity. Quebec City is not very big, so it's kind of all we had here."

    Benoit Clairoux, the author of "'Les Nordiques de Quebec: 1972-1995," said Quebec City's attachment to the team is tied to an inferiority complex. The Nordiques played in the same division as the Canadiens, who have won a record 24 Stanley Cups. In five postseason meetings, Montreal won three.

    Paul Gillis, a former Nordiques forward, said the games were so heated, "you can't even describe the energy." One 1984 playoff matchup, called "the Good Friday Massacre," featured 252 penalty minutes and 10 ejections and, in some cases, divided families.

    New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur grew up a Canadiens fan in Montreal, but his mother, Mirielle, who was from Rivière-du-Loup, near Quebec City, rooted for the Nordiques. "She was the only one," he said. "She stayed strong."

    Craig Wolanin, a former Nordiques defenseman, recalled meeting a man at Saint François d'Assise Hospital in 1995 whose wife was pregnant with twins. After the woman gave birth, Wolanin said, he asked the man how the twins were doing. "He said, 'They're doing fine,'" Wolanin recalled. "'You just make sure that you beat the Canadiens on Thursday.'"

    During a visit to the construction site for the new arena, Labeaume, the Quebec mayor, waded through cold, gray mud, stopping at a spot where one of the rink's faceoff circles will likely be, and pointed to a Nordiques flag flying from an industrial crane. After taking office in a special election in 2007, he was re-elected with 80% of the vote—an indication, he said, of how popular the arena project is. He said he's confident he'll win again because he has "delivered the merchandise
    Thousands showed up in 2010 for a rally to support the campaign to bring back the Nordiques. Thousands attended the arena's groundbreaking ceremony last year. And it bothered none of them, Labeaume said, that the money to build the place would come from their pockets.

    "They don't bloody care," he said. "They just want to have a hockey team."

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