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1975–76 Quebec Nordiques
Division 2nd Canadian
1975–76 record 50–27–4
Home record 33–7–0
Road record 17–20–4
Goals for 371
Goals against 316
Team Information
General Manager Maurice Filion
Coach Jean-Guy Gendron
Captain Michel Parizeau
Arena Le Colisee
Team Leaders
Goals Marc Tardif (71)
Assists Marc Tardif
J. C. Tremblay (77)
Points Marc Tardif (148)
Penalties in minutes Gord Gallant (297)
Wins Richard Brodeur (44)
Goals against average Richard Brodeur (3.69)
<1974–75 1976–77>

The 1975–76 Quebec Nordiques season was the Nordiques 4th season in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Nordiques finished 2nd in the Canadian Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Calgary Cowboys 4 games to 1.

Off-season[]

Charles Constantin and Real Cloutier's 1975-76 jerseys.

The Nordiques jerseys underwent a significant change from those used in the 1974-75 season. The dark blue was changed to a medium blue that matched the Quebec flag. The shoulder yolks and stripes on the arms and body (except for a fringe at the bottom) were removed. The shoulder fleur-de-lis remained with three more added to both the front and back of the bottom of the jersey. The logo remained the same but in previous seasons, had always been red on both the white and blue jerseys. A white logo, outlined in red, was now placed on the blue away jersey. The numbers and names were no longer highlighted. This design would remain for the rest of the Nordiques time in the WHA and continue on in their career in the NHL. For this season only, a 1976 Montreal Olympic logo was sewn on the front of the red pants.

Regular Season[]

Quebec had a very strong start to the season and battled with the Winnipeg Jets all season long for top of the Canadian Division. Quebec finished the season with a franchise record 50 wins and 104 points, but lagged behind the Jets, who tied the Houston Aeros for the most points in the league with 106. The Nordiques scored a league high 371 goals, and finished with a very impressive record of 33–7–0 at home, tying the Aeros for the best home record in the league.

Offensively, Quebec was led by Marc Tardif, who had the most goals and points in the league with 71 and 148 respectively, while his 77 assists tied teammate J. C. Tremblay for the most in the WHA. Tardif won both the Gordie Howe Trophy as league MVP and the Bill Hunter Trophy as the scoring leader while gaining a First All-Star Team berth. Tremblay finished the year with 89 points, leading the Nordiques blueline, and was also a First Team All-Star. Real Cloutier had a breakout season, scoring 60 goals and 114 points and was named to the Second All-Star team. Chris Bordeleau had 37 goals and 109 points while Rejean Houle and Serge Bernier also finished with over 100 points, as they earned 103 and 102 respectively. Gord Gallant had a team high 297 penalty minutes, while Pierre Roy was not too far behind with 259.

In goal, Richard Brodeur shattered the Nordiques record for wins, earning 44, while he posted a 3.69 GAA and earned 2 shutouts in 69 games. Michel DuGuise backed him up, winning 6 games.

Final Standings[]

Canadian Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Winnipeg Jets 81 52 27 2 106 345 254 940
Quebec Nordiques 81 50 27 4 104 371 316 1654
Calgary Cowboys 80 41 35 4 86 307 282 1064
Edmonton Oilers 81 27 49 5 59 268 345 991
Toronto Toros 81 24 52 5 53 335 398 1099
Denver Spurs / Ottawa Civics+ 41 14 26 1 29 134 172 536

+team started season in the Western Division when playing in Denver, transferred by league to Canadian Division after moving to Ottawa.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties Minutes
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 9 Winnipeg Jets 5–3 Quebec Nordiques 0–1–0 0
2 October 11 Toronto Toros 3–7 Quebec Nordiques 1–1–0 2
3 October 14 Edmonton Oilers 5–8 Quebec Nordiques 2–1–0 4
4 October 18 Houston Aeros 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 3–1–0 6
5 October 21 New England Whalers 1–6 Quebec Nordiques 4–1–0 8
6 October 25 Toronto Toros 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 5–1–0 10
7 October 28 Quebec Nordiques 2–5 Toronto Toros 5–2–0 10
8 October 29 Quebec Nordiques 2–4 New England Whalers 5–3–0 10
9 October 31 Quebec Nordiques 2–6 Cleveland Crusaders 5–4–0 10
10 November 1 Quebec Nordiques 5–4 Indianapolis Racers 6–4–0 12
11 November 2 Quebec Nordiques 1–0 Winnipeg Jets 7–4–0 14
12 November 4 Quebec Nordiques 4–3 Edmonton Oilers 8–4–0 16
13 November 5 Quebec Nordiques 2–4 Calgary Cowboys 8–5–0 16
14 November 6 Quebec Nordiques 5–3 Denver Spurs 9–5–0 18
15 November 8 Indianapolis Racers 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 10–5–0 20
16 November 9 Phoenix Roadrunners 3–7 Quebec Nordiques 11–5–0 22
17 November 11 Minnesota Fighting Saints 6–8 Quebec Nordiques 12–5–0 24
18 November 15 Quebec Nordiques 3–1 New England Whalers 13–5–0 26
19 November 18 Cincinnati Stingers 4–6 Quebec Nordiques 14–5–0 28
20 November 20 Winnipeg Jets 3–2 Quebec Nordiques 14–6–0 28
21 November 22 Quebec Nordiques 9–6 Cincinnati Stingers 15–6–0 30
22 November 23 Quebec Nordiques 0–4 Houston Aeros 15–7–0 30
23 November 27 Quebec Nordiques 1–5 San Diego Mariners 15–8–0 30
24 November 29 Quebec Nordiques 4–4 Phoenix Roadrunners 15–8–1 31
25 November 30 Quebec Nordiques 2–1 Phoenix Roadrunners 16–8–1 33
26 December 2 Cleveland Crusaders 2–9 Quebec Nordiques 17–8–1 35
27 December 5 Quebec Nordiques 4–7 Toronto Toros 17–9–1 35
28 December 7 Quebec Nordiques 3–2 Winnipeg Jets 18–9–1 37
29 December 9 Quebec Nordiques 1–4 Calgary Cowboys 18–10–1 37
30 December 10 Quebec Nordiques 4–7 Edmonton Oilers 18–11–1 37
31 December 12 Quebec Nordiques 4–6 Toronto Toros 18–12–1 37
32 December 13 Toronto Toros 3–6 Quebec Nordiques 19–12–1 39
33 December 16 Calgary Cowboys 3–7 Quebec Nordiques 20–12–1 41
34 December 18 Winnipeg Jets 4–5 Quebec Nordiques 21–12–1 43
35 December 20 Calgary Flames 7–8 Quebec Nordiques 22–12–1 45
36 December 21 Quebec Nordiques 7–11 Cincinnati Stingers 22–13–1 45
37 December 23 Quebec Nordiques 4–10 San Diego Mariners 22–14–1 45
38 December 27 Edmonton Oilers 3–6 Quebec Nordiques 23–14–1 47
39 December 28 Quebec Nordiques 6–1 Toronto Toros 24–14–1 49
40 December 30 Quebec Nordiques 4–4 Minnesota Fighting Saints 24–14–2 50
41 January 2 Quebec Nordiques 4–5 Cleveland Crusaders 24–15–2 50
42 January 3 Phoenix Roadrunners 4–1 Quebec Nordiques 24–16–2 50
43 January 10 San Diego Mariners 3–4 Quebec Nordiques 25–16–2 52
44 January 15 Calgary Cowboys 3–5 Quebec Nordiques 26–16–2 54
45 January 17 Toronto Toros 3–4 Quebec Nordiques 27–16–2 56
46 January 21 Indianapolis Racers 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 28–16–2 58
47 January 25 Edmonton Oilers 6–7 Quebec Nordiques 29–16–2 60
48 January 27 Cincinnati Stingers 1–9 Quebec Nordiques 30–16–2 62
49 January 30 Quebec Nordiques 3–3 Toronto Toros 30–16–3 63
50 January 31 Toronto Toros 4–8 Quebec Nordiques 31–16–3 65
51 February 3 Winnipeg Jets 4–5 Quebec Nordiques 32–16–3 67
52 February 5 Quebec Nordiques 2–4 Indianapolis Racers 32–17–3 67
53 February 7 Quebec Nordiques 4–4 Calgary Cowboys 32–17–4 68
54 February 8 Quebec Nordiques 5–4 Edmonton Oilers 33–17–4 70
55 February 11 Quebec Nordiques 6–4 Winnipeg Jets 34–17–4 72
56 February 12 Quebec Nordiques 4–6 Minnesota Fighting Saints 34–18–4 72
57 February 15 Quebec Nordiques 4–2 Houston Aeros 35–18–4 74
58 February 17 San Diego Mariners 2–5 Quebec Nordiques 36–18–4 76
59 February 22 New England Whalers 0–4 Quebec Nordiques 37–18–4 78
60 February 24 Houston Aeros 1–4 Quebec Nordiques 38–18–4 80
61 February 28 Winnipeg Jets 4–3 Quebec Nordiques 38–19–4 80
62 March 2 Quebec Nordiques 2–5 Toronto Toros 38–20–4 80
63 March 4 Quebec Nordiques 1–4 Calgary Cowboys 38–21–4 80
64 March 5 Quebec Nordiques 5–4 Edmonton Oilers 39–21–4 82
65 March 7 Quebec Nordiques 2–4 Edmonton Oilers 39–22–4 82
66 March 9 Quebec Nordiques 4–7 Calgary Cowboys 39–23–4 82
67 March 10 Quebec Nordiques 3–10 Winnipeg Jets 39–24–4 82
68 March 12 Quebec Nordiques 10–8 Winnipeg Jets 40–24–4 84
69 March 14 Toronto Toros 3–1 Quebec Nordiques 40–25–4 84
70 March 16 New England Whalers 1–5 Quebec Nordiques 41–25–4 86
71 March 19 Quebec Nordiques 4–3 Toronto Toros 42–25–4 88
72 March 20 Calgary Cowboys 8–7 Quebec Nordiques 42–26–4 88
73 March 21 Quebec Nordiques 6–3 Edmonton Oilers 43–26–4 90
74 March 23 Cleveland Crusaders 3–1 Quebec Nordiques 43–27–4 90
75 March 25 Edmonton Oilers 5–7 Quebec Nordiques 44–27–4 92
76 March 27 Calgary Cowboys 4–6 Quebec Nordiques 45–27–4 94
77 March 30 Edmonton Oilers 3–8 Quebec Nordiques 46–27–4 96
78 April 1 Edmonton Oilers 2–7 Quebec Nordiques 47–27–4 98
79 April 3 Toronto Toros 1–5 Quebec Nordiques 48–27–4 100
80 April 4 Quebec Nordiques 5–4 Toronto Toros 49–27–4 102
81 April 6 Toronto Toros 6–10 Quebec Nordiques 50–27–4 104

Playoffs[]

In the playoffs, the Calgary Cowboys met the Nordiques in the Quarter-finals. The series is best known for one of hockey's most legendary brawls.[1] The incident began when Calgary's Rick Jodzio cross-checked Quebec's Marc Tardif in the head, causing both teams to leave their benches.[2] The brawl lasted 20 minutes and ended only when Quebec police gathered at the players benches and escorted the teams back to their dressing rooms.[3] The game resumed following a 20 minute break to allow both teams to cool down, then resumed without eleven players, who were ejected from the game.[2] The incident caught the attention of Quebec's Solicitor General Francois Lalonde, who had the incident investigated as a criminal matter.[2] Jodzio was suspended indefinitely by the league, and later plead guilty in a Quebec court to a charge of assault .[4] Cowboys coach Joe Crozier was suspended for the rest of the series.[3]

Calgary Cowboys 4, Quebec Nordiques 1[]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 10 Calgary Cowboys 3–1 Quebec Nordiques 1–0
2 April 11 Calgary Cowboys 8–4 Quebec Nordiques 2–0
3 April 14 Quebec Nordiques 2–3 Calgary Cowboys 0–3
4 April 16 Quebec Nordiques 4–3 Calgary Cowboys 1–3
5 April 18 Calgary Cowboys 6–4 Quebec Nordiques 4–1

Player Stats[]

Scoring Leaders[]

# Player GP G A Pts PIM
8 Marc Tardif 81 71 77 148 79
9 Real Cloutier 80 60 54 114 27
11 Chris Bordeleau 74 37 72 109 42
5 Rejean Houle 81 51 52 103 61
21 Serge Bernier 70 34 68 102 91
3 J.C. Tremblay 80 12 77 89 16
19 Steve Sutherland 74 22 19 41 197
12 Michel Parizeau 58 12 27 39 22
10 Pierre Roy 78 6 30 36 258
15 Rene Leclerc 42 15 17 32 35
24 Jean Bernier 80 4 26 30 10
17 Tom Serviss 71 7 19 26 12
16 Gord Gallant 64 4 15 19 297
33 Dale Hoganson 45 3 14 17 18
12 Bob Fitchner 21 7 9 16 22
14 Charles Constantin 41 8 7 15 77
Ted Hampson 14 4 10 14 2
20 Ric Jordan 54 4 7 11 75
15 Curt Brackenbury 15 4 5 9 111
Bill Prentice 21 2 5 7 89
7 Jim Benzelock 34 2 5 7 6
2 Alan Globensky 34 1 2 3 13
Michel Dubois 21 0 3 3 23
30 Richard Brodeur 69 0 3 3 2
Florent Fortier 4 1 1 2 0
Gary Gresdal 2 0 1 1 5
23 Michel Deguise 18 0 1 1 0
23 Jim Watson 28 0 1 1 4
John Cunniff 2 0 0 0 5
1 Pete Donnelly 4 0 0 0 0

Goaltending[]

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA Save %
Richard Brodeur 69 3967 44 21 2 244 2 3.69 .890
Michel DeGuise 18 835 6 5 2 60 0 4.35 .870
Pete Donnelly 4 129 0 1 0 10 0 4.65 .846

Playoff Stats[]

Scoring Leaders[]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Real Cloutier 5 4 5 9 0
Serge Bernier 5 2 6 8 6
Dale Hoganson 5 1 3 4 2
Steve Sutherland 5 2 1 3 17
Pierre Roy 5 1 2 3 29

Goaltending[]

Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Richard Brodeur 5 299 1 4 22 0 4.41

Awards and Records[]

Draft Picks[]

Quebec's draft picks from the 1975 WHA Amateur Draft.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 14 Pierre Mondou Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (QMJHL)
2 29 Doug Halward Flag of Canada Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
3 44 Pierre Giroux Flag of Canada Canada Hull Festivals (QMJHL)
4 59 Ted Bulley Flag of Canada Canada Hull Festivals (QMJHL)
5 73 Andre LePage Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (QMJHL)
6 87 Jean Trottier Flag of Canada Canada Laval National (QMJHL)
7 100 Mike Backman Flag of Canada Canada Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge (QMJHL)
8 112 Michel Brisebois Flag of Canada Canada Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)
9 124 Michel Hamel Flag of Canada Canada Laval National (QMJHL)
10 137 Florent Fortier Flag of Canada Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

Farm Teams[]

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. Sportak, Randy. "Wanna be a Cowboy", Calgary Sun, 2005-01-29. Retrieved on 2008-04-04. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bilych, George. "Cowboys, Nordiques brawl gives hockey a black eye", Calgary Herald, 1976-04-12, p. 1. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Willes 2004, p. 167
  4. Willes 2004, p. 168