Avalanche may bring back Quebec Nordiques jerseys next season

Joe Sakic, Quebec Nordiques. (Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart/ALLSPORT)
Joe Sakic, Quebec Nordiques. (Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart/ALLSPORT) /

Next season will be the franchise’s 25th in Colorado, so the Avalanche may bring back Quebec Nordiques jerseys.

The 2019-20 NHL season may or may not resume, so fans need something to look forward to. Next season will be the Colorado Avalanche’s 25th since moving and changing their name from the Quebec Nordiques, so there are surely going to be some opportunities to celebrate (and capitalize on) the franchise’s history.

On that note, via Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic (subscription required), Avalanche senior vice president and chief marketing officer Declan Bolger addressed the possibility of the team wearing the old Nordiques’ jerseys.

“Next year is the team’s 25th anniversary season. I think there is an opportunity,” said Bolger in an interview with The Athletic. “We’ve talked about it, but the opportunity has not arose up to now. It’s not the only thing we’ve talked about. We have talked about a lot of things.”

Three members of the Avalanche staff have ties to the franchise’s Nordiques history. Most notably, general manager Joe Sakic was a Nordiques draft pick in 1987 before finishing his career as the franchise’s all-time points leader.

The Avalanche have played two exhibition games back in Quebec, as that city lingers in consideration for an expansion team. But somehow they’ve never worn Nordiques’ throwback jerseys in any game up to this point. The Carolina Hurricanes have set a template for wearing throwbacks as a relocated franchise, as they wore Hartford Whalers jerseys for two regular season games in 2018-19.

At least one Avalanche player, defenseman Nazem Kadri, is on board to wear a Nordiques jersey.


The famous blue. The fleurs-de-lis. The red igloo with the hockey stick shape on one side. The old Nordiques jerseys are a sneaky and underappreciated classic, while being secretly beloved outside of places like Denver and Quebec.

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