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1973-1977 Maine Nordiques

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Maine NordiquesNorth American Hockey League (1973-1977)

Born: 1973 – NAHL founding franchise.
Died: 1977 – The NAHL ceases operations.

Arena: Central Maine Youth Center (2,798)

Team Colors: Blue, Red & White

Owners: William Rocheleau, Jr. et al.

 

The Maine Nordiques were a minor league hockey team that played for four seasons at Lewiston’s tiny Central Maine Youth Center, which offered seats for just 2,800 fans.  The Nordiques were part of the North American Hockey League (1973-1977) which provided farm clubs for the World Hockey Association, a 1970’s rival to the National Hockey League.  Maine was the top farm club of the WHA’s Quebec Nordiques.  During the mid-1970’s, the Nords were the only professional sports franchise in the state of Maine.

The club’s all-time leading scorer was Paul Larose, who tallied 179 goals and 248 assists for Maine between 1973 and 1977.  Larose was one of only two players to appear in all four seasons for the Nords, along with defenseman Alan Globensky.  Notable future NHL players who saw action for Maine included defenseman Paul Baxter and goaltender Richard Brodeur.

Former Lewiston Mayor Bill Rocheleau led a group of area businessmen that backed the Nordiques.  During the NAHL’s final season in the winter of 1976-77, he also served as league President.  The NAHL’s Syracuse Blazers club folded in the summer of 1976, reducing the league to just five clubs.  The shrinking of the NAHL mirrored the declining fortunes of the WHA, which itself was in contraction mode and would fold in 1979.

The NAHL tried to plug ahead with just five clubs as the 1977-78 campaign approached, but when the Mohawk Valley Comets club ran into financial problems and was going to require subsidy from the remaining four teams, the owners decided to call it a day.

Rocheleau announced the demise of the four-year old North American Hockey League on September 26, 1977.

 

==Maine Nordiques Games on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1975-76

1975-76 10/19/1975 @ Beauce Jaros L 9-2 Program Roster

1976-77

1976-77 10/24/1976 @ Beauce Jaros W 7-5 Program

 

==Key Players==

 

==In Memoriam==

Nordiques owner Bill Rocheleau passed away on February 19, 2000 at the age of 74.

 

==Links==

North American Hockey League Media Guides

North American Hockey League Programs

Maine Nordiques All-Time Roster on HockeyDB.com

 

 

Written by AC

March 21st, 2013 at 2:40 am

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