Team Recap: 33rd-Seeded ’83-’84 Quebec Nordiques

The #33 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '83-'84 Quebec Nordiques.

The #33 seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’83-’84 Quebec Nordiques.

  • Pierre Aubry (LW)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dan Bouchard (G)
    • 8 GP   4-4-0   3.50 GAA   .907 SV%   0 SO   3 Stars
  • Paul Gillis (C)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mario Gosselin (G)
    • 2 GP   0-0-0   1.00 GAA   .952 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Michel Goulet (LW)
    • 8 GP   8 G   6 A   14 P   +5   54 S   2 GWG   2 PIM   6 Stars
  • Dale Hunter (C)
    • 8 GP   5 G   5 A   10 P   +3   28 S   0 GWG   19 PIM   5 Stars
  • Rick Lapointe (D)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jimmy Mann (RW)
    • 8 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   1 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mario Marois (D)
    • 8 GP   1 G   10 A   11 P   +5   41 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   4 Stars
  • Tony McKegney (LW)
    • 8 GP   2 G   1 A   3 P   -4   20 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Randy Moller (D) MUST WATCH
    • 8 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -2   15 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Wilf Paiement (RW)
    • 8 GP   4 G   4 A   8 P   +2   31 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Pat Price (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   3 S   0 GWG   15 PIM   0 Stars
  • Normand Rochefort (D)
    • 8 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   20 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jean-Francois Sauve (C)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Andre Savard (C)
    • 8 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   -3   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Louis Sleigher (RW)
    • 8 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +2   9 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Anton Stastny (LW)
    • 8 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   +2   25 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marian Stastny (RW)
    • 8 GP   2 G   2 A   4 P   -4   21 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Peter Stastny (C)
    • 8 GP   6 G   4 A   10 P   +4   22 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   8 Stars
  • John Van Boxmeer (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   o P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Blake Wesley (D)
    • 7 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 4-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 30
  • Goals/Game: 3.75
  • Goals Allowed: 30
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 3.75
  • Shots: 295
  • Shots Allowed: 343
  • Shots/Game: 36.9
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 42.9
  • # of PP’s: 7
  • PPG’s: 2
  • PP%: 28.6%
  • TSH: 12
  • PPGA: 4
  • PK%: 66.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 58

This Nordiques team was a part of the seven-year stretch where the Nordqiues made the playoffs. They got a fortunate draw for the first round, but they had a potential matchup with the #1 seed in the second round.

1st Round:

Swept 32nd-seeded ’37-’37 New York Americans, 4-0

2nd Round:

Swept by top-seeded ’76-’77 Montreal Canadiens, 4-0

Under the direction of head coach Michel Bergeron, the ’83-’84 Nordiques posted a record of 42-28-10, which is good for 94 points and 3rd in the Adams Division. Quebec was ranked second out of 21 teams in goals for with 360 and fifth in goals against with 278. Hockey Reference ranked the Nordiques’ strength of schedule at eighth toughest in the league, but their SRS rating system had the Nordiques as the second best team in the league that year. Quebec rolled through the Buffalo Sabres in three games in the Division Semifinals. However, in the Division Finals, the Nordiques were eliminated in six games by the Montreal Canadiens. Much like other teams in this franchises history, the playoff success did not come easy and as unjust hockey can be, the first year this club moved away from Quebec, they won a Cup.

This era of Nordiques hockey was ruled by the Stastny Brothers. However, only one of them were in the top four in the team in points that season. Michel Goulet posted a team-high 121 points in 75 games played. Peter Stastny was second with 119 points in 80 games and Dale Hunter was third with 79 in 77 games. Goulet and Peter were also first and second in goals with 56 and 46, respectively. Wilf Paiement was third on the team with 39 goals. Peter posted a team-high 73 assists while Goulet and Hunter were second and third with 65 and 55, respectively. Goulet also posted a team-best +62 plus/minus rating. Defensemen Mario Marois and Normand Rochefort were second and third in the team in plus/minus with +51 and +41, respectively. As the starting goaltender, Dan Bouchard posted a 3.20 goals against average and a .882 save percentage. He posted a similar save percentage in the playoffs, but had a lower GAA at 2.76. Clint Malarchuk, Mario Gosselin and Brian Ford all made starts in net for the Nordiques during the season, as well.

Up next is the #34 seed, the ’10-’11 Nashville Predators!

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