An unexpected turnaround: Funds available for the Quebec Nordiques' comeback

Published May 19, 2023 at 11:05

Quebec City hockey fans have been waiting for the return of their beloved Nordiques since their departure nearly 20 years ago.

Today, thanks to the interesting words of former defenseman Philippe Boucher, hope is being rekindled to see the blue jerseys once again treading the NHL rinks.

Boucher recently appeared on Jean-Charles Lajoie's show on TVA Sports and said that about a year and a half ago, he met with an unnamed NHL executive at an airport in Florida who told him that everything was in place for Quebec to get its Nordiques back quickly.

"He told me, 'Phil, I believe it. The checks are ready, there is more than one group that is capable of bringing a club to Quebec. There's a lot of money in Quebec City, more than the world thinks. There are people who are ready to do it, and it's going to happen in the next two years, or it won't happen. We're talking about 14 months ago, he's someone I respect a lot.

I still believe in it, but it would have to happen soon."

Boucher shared some particularly interesting comments, even going so far as to suggest that if Quebec City made its return to the prestigious circle of NHL teams, the Nordiques would not be relegated to the status of poor relation. He also pointed out that the financial resources in Quebec City are more abundant than one might think.

"We're going to sell dressing rooms, there are businesses that are doing very well," he said. Include the Beauce in this, there is a lot of money and companies that are doing well in Beauce, there are plenty of people I know from Rimouski who have season tickets for the Canadiens, do you think there would not be any in Quebec City? Add the Saguenay to that... we have a market for it. We would have nothing to envy to Winnipeg or Ottawa.

There's more than one group ready to write the check, all we need is the green light from the National League and we've been waiting for it for a few years."

While this is the kind of talk that makes the most optimistic dream, it remains unlikely that the Coyotes will move to Quebec City any time soon.

But just knowing that there is money in Quebec City to support an NHL team is good news under the current circumstances and we can always hope that one day the Nordiques will return to skate on NHL ice.

May 19   |   44 answers
An unexpected turnaround: Funds available for the Quebec Nordiques' comeback

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