Bring Back the Nordiques!

The Quebec Nordiques were a hockey team that were strongly supported by their city and region in Canada. Their bankruptcy in 1994 was not due to the lack of attendance (which averaged a sellout in their final year), but a financial crisis faced by the entire nation of Canada.

The Nordiques were relocated to Denver, Colorado, where they would win the Stanley Cup in their first season.

Quebec residents were devastated, being forced to support rival teams like the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, and resort to support the Quebec Remparts as their primary team since they lost their AHL team not long after the Nordiques.

After nearly twenty years, the Quebec Nordiques still have a fan club, Nordiques Nation, who travel to different NHL arenas and cheer when the number of minutes remaining in the period equals the number of years since Quebec City has had a team. The best part about this is that this fan club for a currently nonexistent team is nearly 90,000 strong. This is more fans than the Phoenix Coyotes or Florida Panthers have combined. Which is precisely why one of these teams needs to be relocated to Quebec City.

nordiques slogan

Being incredibly supportive of this relocation and change in the NHL, especially for next year with the realignment, I came up with this promotional logo for the reintroduction of the Quebec Nordiques. The Nordiques will not only benefit the NHL with revenue, but Quebec City will sell out the new Quebecor Arena every game.

Bringing back the Nordiques: Hit or Miss?

An American Tragedy

April 15, 2013

The Boston Marathon has been run annually since 1897, the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the one of the best known road races in the world. On this global stage, Boston has been recognized for its history, prestige, and pride in the city as well as the people who live in it. Since 1969, Patriots’ Day has given public schools in Massachusetts and Maine the day off on the third Monday in April, as well as marking the running of the Boston Marathon. This has become a day of celebration, excitement, support for family and friends running in the race, and the race itself gives recognition to current events such as the shooting in Newtown, CT just four months ago. Patriots Day, a day once full of parties, celebrations, excitement, is now a day that may live in infamy.

Two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Two other bombs were located and dismantled before detonation near the JFK Public Library. Three dead, 130 injured, and millions left in fear. This act of terror, domestic or not, is going to not only potentially change foreign policy and national security, but affect the way that America manages sporting events.

From collegiate to minor leagues to the professional level, most stadiums and arenas in the United States require some kind of search whether it be a metal detector scan, pat-down, or bag check. The security level of stadiums and arenas across the nation is going to be greater than ever, especially when it comes to outdoor events that require temporary tents, booths, decor and seating because of the easy access.

Authorities are debating whether or not to cancel the London Marathon, which is scheduled for April 21, because of what happened in Boston this weekend. The fear that our world now lives in every day because of acts of terrorism like this have now even invaded the one thing that the people of this planet have held sacred, and one of the few places where they have felt completely safe outside of their own home since September 11. Sports. Where people can drop virtually all responsibility they have, grab a few friends, go to a game, and cheer on your favorite team.

Where is this attack going to leave the world of sport as a nation? As a planet? Scared. Wherever we go we will now think of that possibility of being attacked and killed in a place that should otherwise be nothing more than a place of entertainment with friends and family. This attack will provoke changes in security at every professional and semi-professional stadium and arena in the United States and maybe even elsewhere in the world.

I don’t know that anyone can call hit or miss on this post, but I think I can speak for everyone when I say this event definitely hit America and its people deep.

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who were killed, injured, their families, and the city of Boston.

Simon Gagne Returns to Philly

February 26th,

Simon Gagne of the Los Angeles Kings was traded to his former club, the Philadelphia Flyers. In return, the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup Champions will receive a conditional 3rd Round Draft Pick, meaning if the Flyers make the playoffs this season the Kings will get a 3rd round pick, whereas if they fail to make the playoffs the Kings will get a 4th round pick.

As a King, Gagne scored 7 goals in 45 games, only playing 11 this season, and missing the last 46 games of the 2011-2012 season due to a head injury from which he continues to feel symptoms. Having turned 33 as of February 29 and now playing his 13th season in the NHL (10 with the Flyers), Gagne is not exactly at the top of his game, and carries about as much value as a 3rd or 4th round draft pick at this point in his career.

Coming back to Philadelphia for the first time since 2010, Gagne was introduced with a tribute video featuring his highlights with the Flyers over his past 10 seasons with them. Although he may not be at the top of his game, Simon Gagne means a lot to the fans in Philadelphia, and showing that he can score in just his first game back with the Flyers against the Washington Capitals, might even become an integral part of the struggling Philadelphia offense.

Trading away a 3rd or 4th round draft pick in 2013 may hinder the Flyers’ chances of picking up a decent defenseman or even a minor league star, but with Gagne meaning so much to the fans of Philly it was a good decision to bring him back despite his questionable health. But will the Flyers benefit from this acquisition? Only time will tell.

What do you think, fans? Hit or Miss?

Sources:

http://flyers.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8467346

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020285