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The 1989–90 Quebec Nordiques season was the Nordiques eleventh season in the National Hockey League.

1989–90 Quebec Nordiques
Division5th Adams
Conference11th Wales
1989–90 record12-61-7
Home record8-26-6
Road record4-35-1
Goals for240
Goals against407
Team information
General ManagerMartin Madden (Oct–Feb)
Maurice Filion (Feb–Apr) interim
CoachMichel Bergeron
CaptainPeter Stastny (Oct–Mar)
Vacant (Mar–Apr)
ArenaColisée Pepsi
Team leaders
GoalsJoe Sakic (39)
AssistsJoe Sakic (63)
PointsJoe Sakic (102)
Penalty minutesPaul Gillis (234)
WinsRon Tugnutt (5)
Goals against averageRon Tugnutt (4.61)

OffseasonEdit

The Nordiques would not bring back Jean Perron, who finished the 1988–89 season as the interim head coach of the team. Quebec would bring back former head coach Michel Bergeron, who had coached the club from 1980–1987. Bergeron left the Nordiques to coach the New York Rangers from 1987–1989, leading them to two consecutive 82 point seasons. The club also named Martin Madden as the new general manager.

At the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, the Nordiques had the first overall draft pick, and selected Mats Sundin from Nacka HK. Sundin became the first ever European born player drafted with the first overall selection. In 25 games with Nacka, Sundin had ten goals and 18 points. With their second pick, Quebec drafted Adam Foote from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In 66 games, Foote had seven goals and 39 points in 1988–89.

Quebec made some trades during the off-season, dealing away their top goal scorer from the 1988–89 season, Walt Poddubny, along with a fourth round draft pick in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft to the New Jersey Devils for Joe Cirella, Claude Loiselle, and an eighth round draft pick in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Cirella had three goals and 22 points in 80 games with the Devils in 1988–89, while Loiselle had seven goals and 21 points in 74 games. Quebec also traded Bob Mason to the Washington Capitals for future considerations, and Gaetan Duchesne to the Minnesota North Stars for Kevin Kaminski. Kaminski spent the 1988–89 with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL, scoring 25 goals and 68 points in 52 games. Right at the end of the pre-season, the Nordiques traded away Randy Moller to the New York Rangers for Michel Petit. Petit had eight goals and 33 points with the Rangers in 1988–89.

The biggest move the club made was signing free agent Guy Lafleur to a two-year contract. Lafleur, who originally retired during the 1984–85, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. Lafleur came out of retirement and signed with the New York Rangers for the 1988–89 season, where he scored 18 goals and 45 points in 67 games with the Rangers. Lafleur won five Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens, and had a streak of 50 or more goals in a season and at least 119 points during a six-year stretch from 1974–1980. Lafleur also scored a league high 60 goals in 1977–78, and led the league in scoring for three consecutive seasons, from 1975–1978. The Nordiques also signed Lucien DeBlois, who also spent the previous season with the New York Rangers, where he had nine goals and 33 points in 73 games.

Regular seasonEdit

Quebec would have a poor start to the season, going 1-4-1 in their first six games, before winning two in a row to be only a game under .500. The Nordiques then lost eight games in a row to quickly fall out of the playoff race, before winning two in a row to improve to 5-12-1. The losses kept piling up for the Nordiques, who then began to make trades. Greg Adams and Robert Picard were traded to the Detroit Red Wings for former Nordiques player Tony McKegney, while Jeff Brown was dealt to the St. Louis Blues for Tony Hrkac and Greg Millen.

By February 2, 1990, the Nordiques were 9-36-6, and their season was all but finished. On that date, the club fired general manager Martin Madden, and replaced him on an interim basis with former general manager Maurice Filion. Under Filion, the Nordiques traded away Michel Goulet, Greg Millen and a sixth round draft pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft to the Chicago Blackhawks for Everett Sanipass, Mario Doyon, and Dan Vincelette. The trades continued, as team captain Peter Stastny was traded to the New Jersey Devils for Craig Wolanin and future considerations, which turned out to be Randy Velischek.

None of the roster moves had much effect. The Nordiques only won three more games for the remainder of the season to finish with a 12-61-7 record, earning 31 points—easily the worst record in the NHL. The next-worst record belonged to the Vancouver Canucks, who finished with more than twice the Nordiques' point total. The twelve wins was the fewest by a team since the Winnipeg Jets had nine in 1980–81, while their 31 points was the fewest since the Washington Capitals had 21 in the 1974–75 season. It is still the worst season in Nordiques/Avalanche history, and one of the worst for a non-expansion team since 1967.

Offensively, the Nordiques were led by Joe Sakic, who had 39 goals and 102 points, both team highs. Peter Stastny was the only other Nordique to finish with more than 20 goals, as he had 24 goals and 62 points before being traded to the New Jersey Devils. Tony McKegney had 16 goals and 27 points in 48 games after being acquired from the Detroit Red Wings, while Guy Lafleur had 12 goals and 34 points in his first season with the Nordiques.

On defense, Michel Petit put up twelve goals and 36 points in his first season with the club. Rookie Bryan Fogarty had four goals and 14 points in 45 games, however, he had a -47 rating, the worst on the club.

In goal, Ron Tugnutt led the Nordiques with five wins, while posting a club best 4.61 GAA in 35 games.

The Nordiques finished the regular season last in scoring (240 goals for), last in goaltending (407 goals allowed), last in power-play goals allowed (98) and last in penalty-killing percentage (74.35%).[1]

The Nordiques finished the 1989–90 regular season with a 5.05 GAA. They are the last team to finish the regular season with a GAA above five to date.

Final standingsEdit

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 46 25 9 289 232 101
Buffalo Sabres 80 45 27 8 286 248 98
Montreal Canadiens 80 41 28 11 288 234 93
Hartford Whalers 80 38 33 9 275 268 85
Quebec Nordiques 80 12 61 7 240 407 31

[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Wales Conference[3]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Boston Bruins ADM 80 46 25 9 289 232 101
2 Buffalo Sabres ADM 80 45 27 8 286 248 98
3 Montreal Canadiens ADM 80 41 28 11 288 234 93
4 Hartford Whalers ADM 80 38 33 9 275 268 85
5 New York Rangers PTK 80 36 31 13 279 267 85
6 New Jersey Devils PTK 80 37 34 9 295 288 83
7 Washington Capitals PTK 80 36 38 6 284 275 78
8 New York Islanders PTK 80 31 38 11 281 288 73
9 Pittsburgh Penguins PTK 80 32 40 8 318 359 72
10 Philadelphia Flyers PTK 80 30 39 11 290 297 71
11 Quebec Nordiques ADM 80 12 61 7 240 407 31

Divisions: PTK – Patrick, ADM – Adams

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and resultsEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
1 L October 5, 1989 3–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 0–1–0 14,465
2 W October 7, 1989 4–1 Boston Bruins (1989–90) 1–1–0 15,399
3 L October 8, 1989 6–9 Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 1–2–0 15,379
4 L October 12, 1989 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1989–90) 1–3–0 17,266
5 L October 14, 1989 2–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 1–4–0 11,236
6 T October 17, 1989 8–8 OT Calgary Flames (1989–90) 1–4–1 15,391
7 W October 19, 1989 5–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1989–90) 2–4–1 14,668
8 W October 21, 1989 7–2 Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 3–4–1 15,393
9 L October 25, 1989 0–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 3–5–1 11,831
10 L October 26, 1989 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1989–90) 3–6–1 14,084
11 L October 28, 1989 3–6 Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 3–7–1 15,399
12 L October 31, 1989 3–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1989–90) 3–8–1 15,375
13 L November 2, 1989 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1989–90) 3–9–1 16,364
14 L November 4, 1989 2–5 St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 3–10–1 14,902
15 L November 5, 1989 0–3 Washington Capitals (1989–90) 3–11–1 15,323
16 L November 8, 1989 3–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1989–90) 3–12–1 11,609
17 W November 9, 1989 7–5 @ New York Islanders (1989–90) 4–12–1 10,307
18 W November 11, 1989 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 5–12–1 15,396
19 L November 14, 1989 3–5 Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 5–13–1 15,220
20 L November 16, 1989 2–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–90) 5–14–1 16,015
21 L November 18, 1989 1–8 Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 5–15–1 15,113
22 T November 21, 1989 4–4 OT Calgary Flames (1989–90) 5–15–2 14,647
23 W November 22, 1989 4–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 6–15–2 12,723
24 L November 25, 1989 2–3 Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 6–16–2 14,847
25 L November 26, 1989 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1989–90) 6–17–2 15,605
26 L November 29, 1989 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 6–18–2 17,184
27 L November 30, 1989 2–6 Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 6–19–2 15,399
28 L December 2, 1989 4–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–90) 6–20–2 15,020
29 T December 5, 1989 3–3 OT Boston Bruins (1989–90) 6–20–3 14,886
30 T December 9, 1989 6–6 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1989–90) 6–20–4 15,399
31 L December 10, 1989 4–8 Los Angeles Kings (1989–90) 6–21–4 15,399
32 L December 13, 1989 1–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 6–22–4 16,213
33 L December 14, 1989 2–8 @ Calgary Flames (1989–90) 6–23–4 19,261
34 T December 17, 1989 2–2 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 6–23–5 15,232
35 L December 21, 1989 1–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1989–90) 6–24–5 15,265
36 L December 23, 1989 5–6 Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 6–25–5 14,943
37 T December 26, 1989 3–3 OT Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 6–25–6 14,091
38 W December 30, 1989 6–3 New York Islanders (1989–90) 7–25–6 15,399
39 L January 3, 1990 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 7–26–6 16,382
40 L January 4, 1990 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 7–27–6 19,647
41 L January 6, 1990 2–5 @ New York Islanders (1989–90) 7–28–6 13,526
42 W January 9, 1990 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 8–28–6 15,399
43 L January 11, 1990 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1989–90) 8–29–6 14,207
44 L January 13, 1990 4–5 New Jersey Devils (1989–90) 8–30–6 14,962
45 W January 16, 1990 8–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 9–30–6 11,730
46 L January 18, 1990 4–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1989–90) 9–31–6 10,877
47 L January 23, 1990 2–9 Boston Bruins (1989–90) 9–32–6 14,609
48 L January 24, 1990 3–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 9–33–6 16,907
49 L January 27, 1990 6–8 Detroit Red Wings (1989–90) 9–34–6 14,836
50 L January 30, 1990 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 9–35–6 14,777
51 L January 31, 1990 3–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 9–36–6 16,433
52 L February 3, 1990 1–5 Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 9–37–6 15,006
53 L February 4, 1990 2–3 Boston Bruins (1989–90) 9–38–6 14,839
54 L February 6, 1990 2–12 @ Washington Capitals (1989–90) 9–39–6 15,558
55 L February 8, 1990 1–5 @ Boston Bruins (1989–90) 9–40–6 14,071
56 L February 10, 1990 2–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 9–41–6 17,939
57 W February 13, 1990 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1989–90) 10–41–6 14,839
58 L February 15, 1990 2–9 @ St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 10–42–6 15,845
59 L February 17, 1990 1–7 @ Los Angeles Kings (1989–90) 10–43–6 16,005
60 L February 21, 1990 2–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 10–44–6 13,932
61 L February 22, 1990 5–6 Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 10–45–6 15,399
62 L February 24, 1990 1–6 St. Louis Blues (1989–90) 10–46–6 15,363
63 W February 26, 1990 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1989–90) 11–46–6 15,109
64 L February 28, 1990 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 11–47–6 16,382
65 T March 3, 1990 3–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 11–47–7 15,090
66 L March 4, 1990 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 11–48–7 16,433
67 L March 7, 1990 3–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1989–90) 11–49–7 11,813
68 L March 9, 1990 3–4 @ Washington Capitals (1989–90) 11–50–7 16,186
69 L March 10, 1990 3–9 @ New Jersey Devils (1989–90) 11–51–7 19,040
70 L March 13, 1990 1–4 Edmonton Oilers (1989–90) 11–52–7 15,174
71 L March 15, 1990 3–6 Chicago Blackhawks (1989–90) 11–53–7 15,162
72 W March 17, 1990 6–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1989–90) 12–53–7 14,754
73 L March 18, 1990 3–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 12–54–7 17,367
74 L March 21, 1990 1–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 12–55–7 12,230
75 L March 22, 1990 3–7 @ Boston Bruins (1989–90) 12–56–7 14,448
76 L March 24, 1990 3–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1989–90) 12–57–7 15,337
77 L March 27, 1990 4–7 New York Rangers (1989–90) 12–58–7 14,466
78 L March 29, 1990 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1989–90) 12–59–7 15,399
79 L March 31, 1990 2–3 Hartford Whalers (1989–90) 12–60–7 15,015
80 L April 1, 1990 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1989–90) 12–61–7 16,433

Player statisticsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Joe Sakic C 80 39 63 102 27 -40 8 1 2
Peter Stastny C 62 24 38 62 24 -45 10 0 0
Michel Goulet LW 57 16 29 45 42 -33 8 0 0
Michel Petit D 63 12 24 36 215 -38 5 0 0
Guy Lafleur RW 39 12 22 34 4 -15 6 0 2
Marc Fortier C 59 13 17 30 28 -16 3 1 1
Tony McKegney LW 48 16 11 27 45 -31 5 0 0
Mike Hough LW 43 13 13 26 84 -24 3 1 0
Claude Loiselle C 72 11 14 25 104 -27 0 3 0
Paul Gillis C 71 8 14 22 234 -24 0 1 0
Jeff Jackson LW 65 8 12 20 71 -21 0 1 0
Iiro Jarvi RW 41 7 13 20 18 -11 1 0 1
Joe Cirella D 56 4 14 18 67 -27 1 0 0
Mario Marois D 67 3 15 18 104 -45 2 0 0
Lucien DeBlois C 70 9 8 17 45 -29 1 0 1
Jeff Brown D 29 6 10 16 18 -14 2 0 3
Ken McRae C 66 7 8 15 191 -38 0 0 1
Bryan Fogarty D 45 4 10 14 31 -47 2 0 0
Tony Hrkac C 22 4 8 12 2 -5 2 0 0
Steven Finn D 64 3 9 12 208 -33 1 0 0
Brian Lawton LW 14 5 6 11 10 -9 3 0 0
Darin Kimble RW 44 5 5 10 185 -20 2 0 1
Curtis Leschyshyn D 68 2 6 8 44 -41 1 0 0
Everett Sanipass LW 9 3 3 6 8 -4 2 0 0
Mark Vermette RW 11 1 5 6 8 -3 0 0 0
Daniel Dore RW 16 2 3 5 59 -8 1 0 0
Mario Doyon D 9 2 3 5 6 -1 1 0 0
Robert Picard D 24 0 5 5 28 -5 0 0 0
Greg Adams LW 7 1 3 4 17 -2 0 0 0
Craig Wolanin D 13 0 3 3 10 2 0 0 0
Stephane Morin C 6 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0
Jaroslav Sevcik LW 13 0 2 2 2 -5 0 0 0
Brent Severyn LW 35 0 2 2 42 -19 0 0 0
Jari Gronstrand D 7 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Dan Vincelette LW 11 0 1 1 25 -6 0 0 0
Jamie Baker C 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Mario Brunetta G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephane Fiset G 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scott Gordon G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stephane Guerard D 4 0 0 0 6 -5 0 0 0
Kevin Kaminski C 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Max Middendorf RW 3 0 0 0 0 -9 0 0 0
Greg Millen G 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sergei Mylnikov G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jean-Marc Richard D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Jean-Marc Routhier RW 8 0 0 0 9 -3 0 0 0
Greg Smyth D 13 0 0 0 57 -8 0 0 0
John Tanner G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ron Tugnutt G 35 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Ron Tugnutt 1978 35 5 24 3 152 4.61 0 1080 928 .859
Greg Millen 1080 18 3 14 1 95 5.28 0 648 553 .853
Scott Gordon 597 10 2 8 0 53 5.33 0 368 315 .856
Mario Brunetta 191 6 1 2 0 13 4.08 0 99 86 .869
Sergei Mylnikov 568 10 1 7 2 47 4.96 0 330 283 .858
Stephane Fiset 342 6 0 5 1 34 5.96 0 199 165 .829
John Tanner 60 1 0 1 0 3 3.00 0 30 27 .900
Team: 4816 80 12 61 7 397 4.95 0 2754 2357 .856

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Note:
Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1989-90 Quebec Nordiques
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Draft picksEdit

Quebec's draft picks from the 1989 NHL Entry Draft which was held at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 1 Mats Sundin   Sweden Nacka HK (Sweden)
2 22 Adam Foote   Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
3 43 Stephane Morin   Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
3 54 John Tanner   Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
4 68 Niklas Andersson   Sweden Västra Frölunda HC (Sweden)
4 76 Eric Dubois   Canada Laval Titan (QMJHL)
5 85 Kevin Kaiser   Canada Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (NCAA)
6 106 Dan Lambert   Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
7 127 Sergei Mylnikov   Soviet Union Chelyabinsk Traktor (Soviet Union)
8 148 Paul Krake   Canada Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves (NCAA)
9 169 Vyacheslav Bykov   Soviet Union CSKA Moscow (Soviet Union)
10 190 Andrei Khomutov   Soviet Union CSKA Moscow (Soviet Union)
11 211 Byron Witkowski   Canada Nipawin Hawks (SJHL)
12 232 Noel Rahn   United States Edina High School (USHS)
S 1 Dave DePinto   United States University of Illinois at Chicago (NCAA)
S 6 Rick Berens   United States University of Denver (WCAC)

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1990.html
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225.
  3. ^ "1989–1990 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "1989-90 Quebec Nordiques Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-09-18.

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