Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==The 1980s== The WHA insisted on including all of its surviving Canadian teams, including the Nordiques, among the teams taken into the NHL at the end of the 1978-79 season. As a result, the Nordiques entered the NHL along with the Whalers, Oilers and Jets. Forced to let all but three players go in a [[1979 NHL Expansion Draft|dispersal draft]], the Nordiques sunk to the bottom of the standings. They finished the [[1979-80 NHL season]] last in their division despite the play of promising rookie left winger [[Michel Goulet]]. An early highlight to the otherwise dreary season came when [[Real Cloutier]] became the second (following Alex Smart) NHL player ever to score a [[hat trick]] in his first NHL game. In [[1980-81 NHL season|1980]] the Nordiques signed [[Anton Stastny]], a member of the Czechoslovak national team, and a Nordiques' draft choice, who defected earlier that year. His brothers, [[Peter Stastny|Peter]] and [[Marian Stastny|Marian]], would soon follow and also sign with Quebec. The following season, led by Peter Stastny's 109-point [[Calder Trophy]]-winning performance, the Nordiques made the NHL playoffs for the first time, but fell in the best-of-five opening round in five games to the [[Philadelphia Flyers]]. Led by Goulet and Peter Stastny, the Nordiques made the playoffs eight years in a row. In [[1981-82 NHL season|1981-82]], despite notching only 82 points in the regular season, they defeated the [[Montreal Canadiens]] and then the [[Boston Bruins]], both in winner-take-all games on the road. Their Cinderella run ended when they were swept by the [[New York Islanders]] in the conference finals. The rivalry with the [[Montreal Canadiens]] intensified during the [[1983-84 NHL season]] culminating in the infamous "Vendredi Saint" brawl during the 1984 playoffs. The Habs scored five unanswered goals in the third period of Game 6 at the [[Montreal Forum]] to eliminate the Nordiques. The goals all came after Peter Stastny and [[Dale Hunter]] were ejected in the brawl. In 1984-85, Montreal and Quebec battled for the Adams Division championship. The Nordiques finished with 91 points, at the time their highest point total as an NHL team. However, the Habs won the division by three points - solidified by a 7-1 Canadiens trashing of the Nordiques at The Forum in the final week of the regular season. The Nordiques would exact revenge in the Adams finals with a seven-game victory, which was clinched by Peter Stastny's overtime goal at the Forum. They then took the powerful [[Philadelphia Flyers]], who had the league's best record, to six games. They won their first NHL division title in [[1985-86 NHL season|1985-86]], but a defensive collapse in the playoffs allowed the [[Hartford Whalers]] to sweep the Nordiques in three games. [[1986-87 NHL season|The next season]] saw more of the Nords-Habs rivalry as the playoff series went to seven games, with the Canadiens coming out on top. In that same season, when Quebec hosted Rendez-Vous '87, an alteration of the All-Star Game to include the Soviet national team, the Nordiques became the first NHL team to employ a costumed mascot when Badaboum - a fuzzy, roly-poly blue creature - began entertaining fans at the Colisée with his bizarre dance routines. Badaboum was created for Rendez-Vous, but created such a following that the Nordiques made it a permanent fixture at home games. Decline began the following season. The Nordiques finished last in their division and missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. In [[1988-89 NHL season|1988-89]] they had the league's worst record. The arrival of Hall of Famer [[Guy Lafleur]] in [[1989-90 NHL season|1989]] came with much fanfare, but it soon became clear Lafleur's best years were far behind him. "The Flower" managed only 24 goals in 98 games with Quebec over two seasons, but the 38-year-old was still among the team's best players while receiving diminished ice time. The Nords finished with only 12 wins and 31 points. Both Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny were traded in 1990, winding up with the [[Chicago Blackhawks]] and [[New Jersey Devils]] respectively. Despite the stellar play of young forward [[Joe Sakic]], the Nordiques struggled throughout the late '80s and early '90s. They hit rock bottom in [[1989-90 NHL season|1989-90]], finishing with a hideous record of 12-61-7--the worst in franchise history, and the second of three straight seasons with the worst record in the league. However, in [[1989 NHL Entry Draft|that year's draft]] they drafted Swedish prospect [[Mats Sundin]], making him the first European to be selected first overall in the NHL draft. The following [[1990 NHL Entry Draft|year]] Quebec chose first again, taking [[Owen Nolan]]. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Ice Hockey Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://icehockey.fandom.com/wiki/Quebec_Nordiques"