Friday, February 27, 2009

Peepin' Foes: Quebec Nordiques

Saturday night's game will be on Channel 11 here in New York, a throwback to the days when the Rangers were on local broadcast television. It is a nice touch, but it is no National Hockey Night.

Where We Are: Life at the Garden is same as it ever was.

Where They Are: Moved to Colorado. What kind of crap is that?

Who To Watch For: Their roster still has the names Stastny, Sakic and Foote on it more than a decade after the move. Unreal. Granted, it is Peter Stastny's son Paul, Joe Sakic has gotten so old and senile that he can't work a snowblower and Adam Foote screwed over the Columbus Blue Jackets - a team that didn't exist while there was hockey in Quebec - to come home and use Denver's altitude to avoid the ravages of his advanced age.

What To Watch For: A complete lack of the brilliant combination of speed, grit and flair that marked so many of Quebec's best teams. Ugly jerseys that don't even have a single fleur de lis on them.

What We'll (Hopefully) See: The franchise to move back to Quebec City. Chris Drury to show up to play against the team that drafted him in the third round of the '94 draft. A good old time tussle or two.

Also Check Out: Quebec Nordiques Preservation Society and Quebec Nordiques Legends for the real team, Mile High Hockey, All Things Aves and my personal favourite Jibble Scribbits for the current pretenders.

1 comment: said...

Wow those Nordiques jerseys were ugly, but I still wish Quebec City still had a team. Its rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens was one of the best involving two Canadian teams.