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1972-1995 Quebec Nordiques

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Quebec Nordiques Media GuideWorld Hockey Association (1972-1979)
National Hockey League (1979-1995)

Born: 1972 – WHA founding franchise
Moved: May 1995 (Colorado Avalanche)

Arena: Le Colisee de Quebec

Team Colors:


WHA AVCO Cup Championships: 1977
NHL Stanley Cup Championships: None
Deepest Run: Conference Finals 1982 & 1985


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Quebec Nordiques WHA Memorabilia


Quebec Nordiques NHL Memorabilia



Nordiques at Montreal Canadiens. Adams Conference Division Finals, Game 7, 1985.




World Hockey Association Media Guides

World Hockey Association Programs


1975 Quebec Caribous

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Quebec CaribousNational Lacrosse League (1975)

Born: November 1974 – The Syracuse Stingers relocate to Quebec City.
Folded: February 1976.

Arena: Le Colisee de Quebec (10,070)

Team Colors:

Owner: Roger Barre

Nations Cup Champions: 1975


The Quebec Caribous – or “Les Caribous” – were a pro box lacrosse team that existed for one season in the summer of 1975.  The National Lacrosse League franchise originated in Syracuse, New York during the league’s inaugural season in 1974 and relocated to Quebec City prior to the 1975 campaign.

The Caribous languished at the bottom of the six-team league for much of the season and were in last place as late as August 25th.  Then they got hot, winning six of their final seven games to earn the fourth and final playoff spot.  In the post-season, the Caribous upset the defending champion Long Island Tomahawks in the semis and then defeated their provincial rivals the Montreal Quebecois for the NLL’s Nations Cup championship.

Les Caribous were reportedly prepared to continue for a second season in 1976, but the National Lacrosse League dwindled to only three active clubs during the winter of 1975-76.  The NLL folded in February 1976 before a third season could be launched.


Quebec Caribous Shop

Le Colisee Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max



It Was Provincial Indeed” – October 6, 1975 Sports Illustrated coverage of the 1975 NLL Nations Cup final.

National Lacrosse League Programs


Written by AC

June 28th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

1996-1998 Quebec Rafales

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International Hockey League (1996-1998)

Born: May 1, 1996 – The Atlanta Knights relocate to Quebec City
Folded: Postseason 1998

Arena: Le Colisee de Quebec (15,399)

Team Colors: White, Dark Blue, Yellow & Green

Owners: David Berkman & Richard Adler

Turner Cup Championships: None


The Quebec Rafales were a short-lived entry in the  International Hockey League, an aggressive, big budget minor league going through a growth spurt in the mid-1990’s.  The Rafales headlined at Le Colisee de Quebec for two winters from 1996 to 1998. “Rafales” means cold gust in French and the team’s mascot, prominently featured on this inaugural season media guide, was a Yeti character snowboarding on a hockey stick.

The club began life as the Atlanta Knights (1992-1996) of the IHL under the ownership of David Berkman, a real estate baron and hockey fanatic from Atlanta.  Berkman pulled the Knights out of Atlanta in May of 1996 due to a lease impasse and the impending demolition of the Omni arena.  The 15,400-seat Colisee de Quebec was available due to the departure of the NHL’s Quebec Nordiques a year earlier for greener pastures in Denver, Colorado.  So the Knights became the Rafales and attempted to fill the pro hockey void for broken hearted Nordiques fans.

Berkman’s long-held dream of owning an NHL franchise himself never came to fruition, although he did make an offer on that league’s Tampa Bay Lightning club in 1997 shortly after the Rafales completed their first IHL season in Quebec.  Instead, Berkman owned several minor league hockey clubs and Arena Football teams during the 1990’s and early 2000’s with partners Richard Adler and Charles Felix.    His two-year IHL adventure in Quebec City was the only time he operated a club outside his Southeastern U.S. base of operations.

As the Rafales’ first season dawned in October 1996, the club publicly flirted with NHL defenseman Chris Simon, a former Nordique and a holdout at the time from the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.  The rumored signing drew some light press attention across North America, but Simon never did join the Rafales.  Instead, the team’s highest profile player was tough defenseman Bob Sweeney, who spent the bulk of his decade-long NHL career with the Boston Bruins.

Late in the Rafales’ sophomore season, in March of 1998, the club began aggressively shedding payroll in a series of trades with their IHL rivals.  Berkman and Adler had had enough of the IHL and Quebec City.  A local investor group led by Michel Page attempted to purchase and save the club, but the deal fell through in early August 1998 and the Rafales folded after just two seasons.

Le Colisee de Quebec still stands and is known today as Colisee Pepsi.  However, it has not had a pro sports tenant since the Rafales departed in 1998.

The IHL folded in 2001.


Quebec Rafales Shop

Le Colisee Retro T-Shirt by Throwback Max



International Hockey League Media Guides

International Hockey League Programs


Written by AC

September 14th, 2012 at 1:54 am


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