Give Us Our Nordiques Back

Give Us Our Nordiques Back

On the afternoon of Saturday October 2nd 2010, The Plains of Abraham were awash with thousands of people kitted out in Nordiques hockey jerseys, t-shirts and anything else with blue on it.

Why? What For? LA MARCHE BLEUE. That’s what for.

The get-together was intended to raise awareness and show support for the (hoped for) new Quebec City sports arena and amphitheatre.

If, Quebec City can get this new arena, and it’s an enormous if, as there’s a few small obstacles in the way (around 400 million of them at the last count) then this could pave the way for the return of professional hockey to ‘La Capitale nationale’.  

If NHL supremo Gary Bettman has anything to do with it, we’ll not be seeing a professional team here anytime soon. Not without that arena.

So who was there?
Politicians, ex-players, musicians and media types.

Ex-Nordiques star Peter Stastny, whose son Paul was born in Quebec City and played against Canada for the US in the 2010 Olympic Hockey Final, declared that Quebec City deserved an NHL team.

Michel Bergeron told the crowd that ‘the Nordiques are back’. Well, not yet but were all hoping, Michel.

Who wouldn’t want to see the Nordiques and the Habs on the same ice again?

Over 50,000 attendees. That’s the figure Regis Labeaume put on the size of the crowd.
That’s some crowd. REST OF CANADA ARE YOU TAKING NOTE?

We’re a hockey city and we want our team back.

In reality, in a worldwide recession, just where is the small matter of $400 million going to come from?

Private investors, Quebec City, Quebec Government, Federal Government?

Maybe Tim Horton’s could donate the profits from their Nordiques doughnuts baked specially for the occasion (nice touch Timmy’s).

The fan on the street really doesn’t care where the money comes from. Just make it happen. We want to see Montreal Canadiens v Quebec Nordiques games back on. Permanently.

Always Fresh. Or perhaps a bit frozen these days.

Article: Andrew Greenfield
Photo Courtesy: Andrew Greenfield (who promptly consumed the contents of the picture)
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