Quebec Nordiques Fans Invade Nassau Coliseum

Quebec Nordiques Fans Invade Nassau Coliseum

Last Saturday (December 11th) saw 22 bus-loads of Quebec Nordiques depart Quebec City for New York.

The reason, to watch a hockey game between two teams in financial difficulty – The New York Islanders and The Atlanta Thrashers.

With Quebec City being regarding as a true hockey city, full of ardent supporters longing for the return of an NHL team of its own, the sight of over 1,000 fans in a crowd of around only 8,000 or so at the Nassau Coliseum is sure to have been noted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

The Nordques fans, decked in team colours, sat behind both goals to ensure maximum exposure to the watching TV audience.

There have been comments far and wide about the attendance at the game (see the links below).

The problem with all this is that currently, any team relocating to the 400 year old city would have to play in a new area, the Colisée Pepsi not deemed big or modern enough. 

The Colisée is also the home to the Quebec Remparts, Quebec City’s team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Just what would happen to them if a new NHL team emerged in the city is another story.

The Remparts enjoy bumper crowds and passionate support. Can the city’s hockey fans afford to support two teams?

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Useful links:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/How-Islanders-fans-handled-Quebec-Nordiques-inva?urn=nhl-295334 

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=345138 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/sports/hockey/10islanders.html 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/nordiques-nation-takes-long-island/article1834517/ 

http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Quebec/2010/12/11/001-partisans-nordiques-long-island-match.shtml 

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