Thrashers, Oduya escape the island with two

Saturday night, coach Ramsay elected to skate Freddy Modin and Tim Stapleton when his Thrashers took on the Islanders. Taking their place at the press box buffet were Ben Eager and Nic Bergfors. Ramsay said that he made the move because he “wanted to bring some attention to the team that we didn’t play hard enough [Friday night]”.

While I did scratch my head when hearing of this shakeup…personally, I would have rather seen Bergie in there instead of Modin…I love the fact that we finally have a coach in here that insists on his players giving total effort all the time. If you don’t play hard, you don’t play at all.

And he doesn’t wait for several games to go by before enforcing that rule.

While celebrating his goal, Bryan Little points out a couple guys wearing tukes in the stands at Nassau Coliseum and asks, “Hey Evander, is that Bob and Doug McKenzie?” .(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

While celebrating his goal, Bryan Little points out a couple guys wearing tukes in the stands at Nassau Coliseum and asks, “Hey Evander, is that Bob and Doug McKenzie?” (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Early on, however, it looked as though the message he was sending by making the moves was not bringing about the desired results. Following the loss to Colorado Ramsay’s Thrashers found themselves down 2-0 late in the second period to the NHL basement dwellers, the New York Islanders. Fortunately though…his players finally seemed to get their collective acts together and pulled off a 5-4 victory.

Call the win “ugly” if you will… but while I won’t argue that point with you, two points added to the standing are never aesthetically challenged in my view. I’ll take ‘em any way, shape matter or form that I can, thank you very much.

Just as the Thrashers escaped Long Island with the win, Johnny Oduya escaped an island of his own…Schnide Island. Oduya scored his first goal of the season at the 5:45 mark of the third period to tie the game at 2 apiece. But instead of just rowing away from the Isle de Schnide, he opted to crank up the outboard motor to get away from it as fast as he could. Just 1:18 after scoring goal number one, Oduya added a second one.

Left on the shore waiving goodbye is Ron Hainsey. He’s now the lone Thrasher regular remaining to get off The Schnide. Freddy Meyer and Tim Stapleton are still scoreless, but Meyer has played in just 6 games while Stapleton suited up for his first bit of action this season Saturday night.

Chris Mason saw his first action in four weeks. Last we saw him in between the pipes, he’d just allowed a sharp-angle goal to Washington’s Matt Hendricks just 1:11 after Andrew Ladd had pulled the Thrashers to within one goal. Mason stopped 26 of the 29 Islander shots faced to improve his record to 7-5-1.

The last goal he allowed was to Blake Comeau while Atlanta was trying to kill off an Anthony Stewart holding-the-stick penalty. It was the first power play goal the Islanders had converted since…since…since…ruffling through stacks of stats sheet…since…oh heck, I don’t keep track of New York Islander stats. But it’s been a while.

Bryan Little had what I consider the best goal of the night. Halfway through the third, with the score tied at 3-3, he snapped a faceoff draw up and over the left shoulder of an obviously surprised Rick DiPietro. It seemed as though there was a communications issue between his teammate in the faceoff circle and the puck was allowed to drop before he was set.

“I tried to make it seem like I was going to win [the faceoff] back,” Little said after the game. “I was trying to put it on net, to get a shot, and ended up getting a good bounce on it.”

“I’ve tried it before, but you need to have a bit of luck to get it through. I kind of caught them off-guard, and their goalie really wasn’t paying attention.”

Your other Thrashers goal-scorers were…Alex Burmistrov, who deflected in a Brent Sopel shot from the point, and Anthony Stewart who score Atlanta’s first goal of the night. Stewey knocked home a very nice pass from Sopel who had circled around the net and drew DiPietro far to his right, leaving the backside open.

Oh and, in case you didn’t hear, there were a thousand or so hockey fans from Quebec that made an 11 hour bus trip down to Nassau Coliseum to take in the game. Rumor has it they’d like to let the NHL community know they’d sure as heck-fire like another team up in their neck of the woods.

Who knew?

As you’ll recall, 15 years ago they saw their Nordiques bolt for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. They then watched from afar as they went on to win 2 Stanley Cup there in the following few years. Sadly, we in Atlanta know what that feels like given the Flames victory in 1989 while in Calgary…so we can at least sympathize to a certain degree with all those ‘Diques.

Anyway, whenever the game clock ticked down to 15 minutes remaining in each period…one minute for every year hockey has been away from their city… the ‘Diques erupted in a loud symbolic roar to let the hockey world know they were there.

They do have five more years to use that ploy, but I don’t know what they’re gonna come up with six years from now when it’s been 21 years without a team in Quebec City…you know, where hockey “belongs”.

…shrugs…

Anywhooo… while I don’t think they’ll be getting the franchise that’s stationed here in Thrasherville anytime soon, I don’t think they’re field trip to Long Island was a fruitless venture nonetheless. I mean, outside of getting to attend an NHL game in person, they certainly did make some noise and their presence was felt. And I’m certainly not going to take that away from them. That plus at least one of them wound with a real NHL game puck that was lifted up into the crowd late in the game.

I’m sure that’ll make a nice keepsake as the ‘Diques head back home to Quebec.

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Gwinnett Fred

December 12th, 2010
6:32 pm

BTW – a couple more points on Canada’s “Hockey Belongs Here” program.

1- Went to NHL.com for video highlights of last night game and NO coverage of the ‘Diques in attendance (lol, hope you folks enjoyed sitting on a bus for 22 hours)

2- A quick look at the standings and guess what? ONLY 2 OF 7 CANADIAN TEAMS WOULD MAKE THE PLAYOFFS AS OF RIGHT NOW. BOY HOWDY, CANADIAN HOCKEY RULES – NOT!!!!

10 horrible years of losing

December 12th, 2010
6:46 pm

If there is any confusion…..the asg wants to sell and is convinced atl is not a hockey town because of hawks. I was at their game last night and the building was empty! But, might I add a different crowd than the thrash..
The ASG will make millions….do not forget this point point. They don’t get it or do they? They stuck with waddell and now they are paying the price or are they going to get the right price?
Did they hold on to waddell because they knew he would be a failure?
These guys are good and do not underestimate their love for a dollar bill.

rob

December 12th, 2010
6:54 pm

On a separate note…anyone seen the Florida Everblades (ECHL) jerseys? They have a “Holiday jersey”. I am not sure how the players didn’t, I don’t know, trip and twist their knee….sprain an ankle….get lost on the way to the games…..something, in order to get out of actually having to wear them. LMAO

LAC

December 12th, 2010
7:13 pm

waddell is TOTALLY TO BLAME, the man with NO hockey knowledge, how many times have we discussed who we “could” have had in the draft, but either agreed not to take a player to make another team happy or pass up solid NHL to be players and trade down for THAT player we wanted Alex Bourrett, Where is that great player NOW ?

I still hate don waddell and he should stoned for what he had done to hockey in Atlanta.

But last night on HNIC After Hours , guess what their “highlight” was… ???

Showing those quebec fans without a team and that IDIOT pierre stock saying they came to watch TWO struggling teams !!! What ??? We are NOT struggling, The Island sure is, but we have more points than ALL canada teams except Montreal.

“If” hockey is so everything in Canada, why has Toronto sucked for so long, Why after 40 years has Vancounver never won the Cup and Montreal has not been that good like they were at one time.

But why is Atlanta their favorite target ??? To relocate ???

You seldom hear Tampa mentioned or even Florida, Hey you canada fans, that’s like way futher SOUTH than Atlanta. They don’t go after Nashville or Dallas or Carolina, only The Atlanta Thrashers… I really hope all hockey fans understand the disaster don waddell was from the start and his stinch still fills the arena. But at least we seem to have a GM and an EXCELLENT coach
who get it, real HOCKEY People, something waddell never was or never will be !

Just go to canada waddell and help those quebec fans, I bet they’d love you !

10 horrible years of losing

December 12th, 2010
7:29 pm

They brought in a good coach/gm to dress it up to be sold.
Their worst dream is a packed house which would kill their theory.
Waddell was retained to sell.
I’m not saying our team is gone but simply that is their plan!!

Gwinnett Fred

December 12th, 2010
7:40 pm

Why do I have this feeling that Rachael Phelps (Major League owner of the Indians) has a share of the ASG????

10 horrible years of losing

December 12th, 2010
8:01 pm

Nicely done Fred

Rawhide

December 12th, 2010
8:04 pm

ellivrehsarht – You gotta problem with bellbottoms and Pintos??? :lol:

François Robitaille – I appreciate your words and sentiment. I’m quite certain that there are far more like yourself than otherwise. Thanks you for taking the time to post the comment.

However, I’m sure you can understand the sensitivity down here knowing we have to put up with such things constantly. Plus, when the leader of the rally makes the out and out statement that he would like for the Thrashers to be moved…as I comment on earlier…well, it just adds to it.

Again…thank you for representing your city well with your remarks.

World Be Free

December 12th, 2010
8:14 pm

François Robitaille – our issues are based on the constant, unfounded “Thrashers moving-sold” rumors that originate from the media outlets across Canada. You wanna an expansion team, fine. But you can’t expect us to play nice when the Canadian media continually attempts to disrupt and undermine this and other franchises.

I remember hockey in Quebec City and Winnipeg. Both cities lost their franchises for legitimate reasons, they were not highjacked after midnight under the cover of darkness. If you get it together and re-establish yourselves with expansion franchises, then good for you.

LAC-can you image the reaction of the Canadian media if we acted like the Quebec clowns did acted last night on Long Island?

iamtheratio

December 12th, 2010
8:22 pm

rob: I actually kinda like those Florida Jerseys, hahaha :D

World Be Free

December 12th, 2010
8:26 pm

WHA not WHL and I am in favor of it!

rob

December 12th, 2010
8:36 pm

ratio,
I could see the Octotards and their marketing people doing something like this to “promote” the team……and really believing they were on to something. Notice the snowflakes on the socks? WOW is all I can say!!! I wonder what used car salesman must own that team?

SomaAtl95

December 12th, 2010
9:09 pm

WBF, my bad, but you understood. Thanks!

Jason

December 12th, 2010
9:29 pm

Washington is getting absolutely embarrassed right now in MSG.

lola

December 12th, 2010
10:44 pm

Hope to meet up with Paminski again soon — the best part of hockey are all the friends! Give blood — play hockey! Go THRASHERS!

Brendan

December 12th, 2010
11:35 pm

Gwinnett Fred, maybe April 2006?

LAC

December 12th, 2010
11:45 pm

WBF, Yes I think we should get a bunch of people in Kansas City to go to Edmonton and hold up signs with KC Scouts jerseys on. Those canada people would go NUTS !!!!

Watch the next New Jersey game, see all the empty seats !!! Lots of empty seats in Denver for our recent visit. There a good number of the same at Edmonton & Calagry games too !!!

Guess all Southern teams need to make playoffs to get these weird people off our backs.

Lastly, they have this p.j.stock on HNIC. He is a complete FOOL and is simply a JERK, a LOT like james duffie. He made a BIG deal of those quebec clowns last night and said we were struggling, NOT, we are playing GREAT hockey… NYI IS having all kind of issues. He is too STUPID to say the correct thing… What a JOKE HNIC really is !

R. Stroz

December 12th, 2010
11:45 pm

When a bunch of Diques are mixed with Islandturds fans, that makes for a filthy, nasty crowd.

Kaat

December 12th, 2010
11:53 pm

LOL @LAC

There are tons to teams with attendance problems this year. In addition to Atlanta, I’ve been to games in Denver and Dallas this year and they were far, far from full. In addition to the anger at Thrashers management, the economy is still in the dumps.

litz

December 13th, 2010
1:01 am

Those holiday jerseys Rob mentioned ?

http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_nhl_experts__81/ept_sports_nhl_experts-265518846-1292172289.jpg?ymBApOED13ypsyHg

Make sure you have a trash can ready for the re-emergence of your last meal …

bwb7558

December 13th, 2010
1:37 am

thrash could always move to gwinnetts arena. better suburban location..smaller arena..better draw…relocate the gladiators to the ice forum :)

suzy-q

December 13th, 2010
6:11 am

I saw a lot of empty seats at the Garden last night as the Rangers decimated the Caps.

Well….. maybe they just left due to the blowout score.

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
7:30 am

Jason, we have been talking about the Caps and their recent poor play. They have a number of issues, but for me, it all starts in goal in Washington. Caps’ goalies are not making game-changing saves, like Pavs has been doing the past coulpe weeks. Every team encounters lulls during a game, that’s when your goalie has to stand up and make a big save or 2. It’s not happening in Washington; Hannan has yet to make a difference on defense.

LAC-better yet, let’s take those Quebec fans to MSG and see how many of them end up in the East River with “heavy feet”. There’s certain arenas you do not infiltrate in the NHL unless you have an army to back you. Quebec fans were lucky to get out of Long Island with their collective skins. Right on concerning PJ Stock; he was a chump as a player, now he gets to do the same on national TV. Stock and Kelly Hrudey makes fools of themselves on HNIC. Hrudley needs to buy a comb or a hair brush.

AtlFlamesFan

December 13th, 2010
7:32 am

Gwinnett Arena is not even a remote possibility (except for maybe preseason). First of all, it is not large enough for NHL standards. Also, it would be pretty inconvenient for, well pretty much anybody who does not live in Gwinnett. Can you imagine fighting traffic on 285 and then 85N during rush hour trying to get to a weeknight game? At least with Philips being centrally located downtown, from almost part of the Metro area, you are going against traffic.

However, I think it would be great if the Thrashers played some preseason games in Gwinnett. For that matter, maybe Macon, Columbus, Savannah and even Augusta. Birmingham and Hunstville?

GO THRASH!

DWTOO

December 13th, 2010
7:58 am

Did anyone catch the Jet’s strenght coach stick out his knee and catch the Dolphin punt “gunner” running by? Probably the most despicable act in sports I have ever seen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C6-31pLbOQ

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
8:07 am

ATL Flames Fan-having the Thrashers play preseason games in local arenas is a GREAT idea. This is thwy many of the teams in the northeast do, they play preason games in junior hockey and / or AHL arenas. No better way of creating a fanbase.

glovesave29

December 13th, 2010
8:07 am

Of COURSE the xenophobic Canadian media is stirring up all of this talk. Let’s look at what they have to write about – the Leafs are a joke and will continue their streak of being the only team to have not made the playoffs since the lockout. That “new” banner they have from the 1967 championship is getting old, yellow and brittle. The Canadiens have lost their best player for the season and their prized rookie is too busy yapping to concentrate on actually playing hockey. The Sens continue to struggle and their future is not exactly rosy. The Flames are old and ill conceived. Edmonton has a fantastic future, but are too young right now to do much but take their lumps. They play in a dump on an old stadium and are not likely to get another any time soon. The Canucks are a good team, but quite unlikely to be raising anything silver any time soon. They target Atlanta, because there’s little interesting to write about with the teams up there, and the Blackhawks, Coyotes, Penguins and Tampa situations have (with league help) rectified themselves.

Quebec is a nice TOWN, not a city. They have a passion for hockey. But why did the AHL Rafales leave there after 2 years? The QMJHL Remparts don’t fill their arena and tickets start at just $6.

Its so easy to sit from afar and throw stones. Doesn’t help when clueless dolts like the morning team on 790 gets on TV and fans the flames without doing their due diligence. Bettman is not going to let this team leave. I am sure they want to find solid and caring ownership to give the team a legitimate chance to thrive.

Funniest part about it is the Canadian fan sits up on their high horses and castigates the league for trying again in Atlanta. They point out, in their minds “it failed with the Flames, but they try again with the Thrashers” – that we did not deserve a second chance. Now, please remind me…what is that that Quebec and Winnipeg are asking for again…?

10 horrible years of losing

December 13th, 2010
8:15 am

Keep in mind that flames did not leave due to attendance issues.

glovesave29

December 13th, 2010
8:17 am

That is true – it was the collapsing real estate empire of Tom Cousins. There were many local suitors to buy the Flames. Cousins ego would not allow the team to be based in Atlanta and he not be the owner.

glovesave29

December 13th, 2010
8:23 am

Speaking of the Flames –

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/36978-Getting-To-Know-Dan-Bouchard.html

Sure would like to see the Thrashers reverse their sentiment towards the Flames and have some sort of reunion night. Do it against our 1972 expansion mates – the NY Islanders. Don the old red jerseys (pun intended). Invite the old guys back. Raise a banner. Talk about a good way to fill an arena and get positive energy.

AtlFlamesFan

December 13th, 2010
8:25 am

I despise Cousins, and his crumbling real estate business directly led to him selling off the Flames as a commodity. However, he was not the only one hurting back then around here, as the whole local economy was in the dumps. If there would have been any suitors back then, the Flames would have stayed. (Déjà vu all over again?). Many years later, Ted Turner stated that he wished he would have bought the Flames and kept them here.

Buzzeng

December 13th, 2010
8:30 am

The interview with Dan Bouchard is a great read. It brought back a lot of memories for me as a young ATLANTA Flames fan. Good stories, good comments from Dan.

DWTOO

December 13th, 2010
8:39 am

Had the chance to chat with Dan Bouchard at the Draft Party at TJ’s couple of years back. Just standing there – so went up and introduced mtself and we chatted for a few minutes. Not really a big guy, but long arms and huge hands. Did manage to say that I had seen him play on TV and always thought he was one of the best. The man thanked me!! Was always a Bouchard fan and am moreso today.

World Be Free

December 13th, 2010
8:58 am

Vancouver looked very beat-able Saturday night against the Lighting.

Darkhorse

December 13th, 2010
9:32 am

I think we already lost one team to Quebec, the Atlanta Knights in ‘96 correct? That meets our quota for supplying a hockey team to the provence of Quebec for the next 100 years. And with the Flames in the early eighties, that’s two teams to Canada in the past 30 years. Yep, that fills that quota for good I would say.

Flames

December 13th, 2010
9:53 am

I was so mad at Tom Cousins, probable the way a lot of people are mad at DW or the ASG. There was several people who wanted to purchase the Flames and keep them in the city. His ego just couldn’t handle the team remaining in Atlanta without him owning them. I was at a meeting/lunch where Tom Cousins was patting himself on the back for such a fine job that he had done at the East Lake Golf course and community. I then proceeded to his table and tell him that he did a fine job with the Golf Course but that I would never forgive him for selling the Flames. He just smiled at me and didn’t say a word. I will never forgive him for that!

Rawhide

December 13th, 2010
10:03 am

As Atlanta freezes…the Thrashers remain hot!

Joe McGrath

December 13th, 2010
10:20 am

WTH Center Ice? I couldn’t get the Isles game on the Direct TV receiver in the living room, but was able to get it on my bedroom receiver. Poor Mrs. McGrath was very upset that me and McGrath Jr. stole “her” TV to see the game. She was so tired from holiday shopping, she was in the bed and asleep by 8 p.m., just as Oduya decides to drive the net. Our hoots and howls and fist bumps were not appreciated. As far as the Nords, seems like I read a Bettman interview in which he said he’s like to see the league at 32 franchises–I know the league needs to stabalize, but as the economy improves and especially if national TV contracts grow, I think the league would look at expansion. And I’ve been saying for years that the Thrashers are blowing opportunities to engage regionally. There are quite a few hockey fans left over in Birmingham and a preseason game at the B’ham Civic Center would probably draw 5-8K and spark interest. I also believe that if a new Thrashers owner were to think logically, they would work a deal to place the Thrashers AHL franchise Birmingham and lose the Wolves affiliation. Makes sense simply because the franchise would be engaging a closer market. As AHL players developed, the B’ham fans would begin to follow the Thrashers more closely. More TV viewership, even if it’s only a paltry 500 households and a couple bars tuning in, it can’t hurt.

rob

December 13th, 2010
10:20 am

WBF,
I sure was hoping for some sort of help from Van against TB, especially at home!!!! Maybe it is a sign at just how much more improved the east seems to be, and the SE also……and don’t forget this is all with the crumbling of #17 and his devils! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Maybe NYC has 2 teams the Canadiens should be looking at stealing and then not supporting!

rob

December 13th, 2010
10:22 am

Joe,
Much like the Sabres had Rochester. WNY followed the Sabres religiously.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
10:46 am

This week is an important week. (as most are) We play Ott (away) and Canes (home), who are tied in the 9 spot and will certainly will be busting a gut to gain 2 points (and not lose 2) on the #8 team. Wednesday, we play at TBL and we should be busting a gut to gain 2 points on them and finally beat them. Saturday, we host the NJ Devils and everybody will want to kick them to the curb.

kracker

December 13th, 2010
10:53 am

Oh, for those that think losing to the Avs at home was so terrible, the Avs are not a bad team. They finished 09-10 in the 8 spot of the Western Conf. with 95 points and a +11 goal differential. The Avs currently are in the 8 spot, the same as the Thrashers, with 34 points (Atl has 35) and again they have a +11 goal differential. A series between these teams could easily go 7 games.

Simon

December 14th, 2010
11:14 am

Hi there,
I’m from Quebec City and I took the time to read all of the comments above before writing mine. First of all, of course I understand how you feel about the idea of losing a team again. I remember how it was when we lost ours so i dont wish this to any fan out there, no matter what sport we’re talking about. Some comments were pointed directly at us, saying we are classless, rude, etc etc etc, but I think most of you are just tired of being talked about as a team that might be moving soon. I get that and I don’t think that you guys are trying to be jerks towards us. The point in going to Long Island is that it was the closest place to us that had enough empty seats so we could buy 1,100 tickets to the game. OK it was against Atlanta, so yeah you saw some banners about the thrashers. I didn’t like it, I didn’t agree with the fact that some are asking for your team. We were in NY because Gary Bettman’s offices are in NY, so he could just hear us. We just wanted to say that, hey we exist, our economy’s got way better than 15 years ago and we are ready to welcome a team back. Quebec City has gotten bigger, there is now more corporate support so yeah I think we deserve a team (just like you guys do by the way).

As for answeing a couple of the things you guys said, to glovesave29 for example, don’t talk about filling the arena for the Quebec Remparts, i mean this is QMJHL, its junior Hockey, they are 16 to 20 yrs old guys playing hockey. But still, with an average of around 8,000 fans going there every night, that’s the best average in this league and its also close to some averages NHL teams have. If you love the game, go see the Thrashers!! They are spectacular this year, fun to watch and I bet Atlanta people would love it!! I went to Atlanta before, went to see the Braves and the Falcons, Atlanta people are great!! I had so much fun out there!

However, to get a team back, we need a new arena. The Provincial government has already commited to 45% of the entire cost of a new arena, and the city another 30%, so there’s not too much left missing. Yeah we are pumped up here. Has there been any comments said that shouldn’t have?? Of course! Not all people are able to understand the entire situation (i’m not saying I do either).

As to LAC comment, we don’t want Waddell either, he is the main problem in Atlanta, get him out of there before its too late. To World Be Free, yeah we would react exactly the same way as you do if we were in your position. Thats why im not blaming any of you for the way you guys react, just don’t forget its not everybody here that want to steal the Thrasher from you.

Finally, to Darkhorse, Ok you’re right, we ‘’stole” the Knights and Flames, but the US got the Nordiques and the Jets, so that’s what, a 2-2 tie?? :P Moves just happen and its never a fun thing for the fans. Period.

Anyways, I just thought I would let you guys know that some of us hear you and get what you mean. If a demonstration like we did is what was needed to wake Altanta up and fill PHilips Arena, then I say we were sucessfull in promoting hockey and sharing our love for the game. Don’t hate us, cause frankly we don’t hate you and I apologize if you guys got offended by our comments. I wish all of you great holidays and in the meantime i’ll be driving to Montreal to see some Habs games. Long live hockey !!

Cheers!

Vectak

December 14th, 2010
11:14 am

I am from Québec city.
You Thrashers fans are so pathetic…
1st, you do not know nothing about hockey.
You are a Football city, period. It seems that even the Hawks ( NBA ) and Braves ( MLB ) are looking for more fans and bigger crowd !?!
What is the point for keeping a NHL team in Atlanta when the average crowd is around 6,000 people since their 1st season ??? And you say you deserve a hockey team ? HA HA HA
Start really supporting your NBA and MLB teams as this should be your sport business priority.
Ours is hockey. That’s it !

JP

December 14th, 2010
1:06 pm

Wow, where to start? I’ve read pretty much everythin’ you guys wrote! First off I do get where you’re comin’ from! I get all your comments. Some of ‘em were good and legitimate… and some of ‘em were just well… ignorant! And I do apologize for some comments comin’ from some of us here in Quebec City. They should put theirselves in you’re shoes… they maybe a lil’ too young to get what it’s like to loose a team you so dearly love… I do! I was 16 at the time and the Nordiques meant EVERYTHING to me.

I was at the game at Nassau Coliseum saturday night.Made the trip and every second was woth it. I had a GREAT time and so did the Islanders fans. Believe me!!! We acted with class and passion. Two longtime friends and Islanders season tickets owners shook my hands tellin’ me we gave ‘em an evening they will rememnber for the rest of their lives. Some of em told us they’ve never seen this since the 80’s. I’m so proud we showed our unconditionnal passion and love for hockey while doing so with class and respect. You guys that said otherwise in your post are just plain wrong. I spoke with a lot of them and, even though they were a lil’ bit confused and reticent at first… they embrassed our presence and got the message we were tryin’ to send Bettman’s way!

The Trashers scored with 7 or 6 minutes to go… it was 5-3. A lot of fans wnet home. We the decide (the 1100 of us) to join the remaining Isles fan at ice level behind Mason’s net. They stood and gave us an ovation and we were “high-fivin’” them as we made our way down! Special moment and I didn’t expect that at all. The last 5 minutes were awesome!

I just want to comment on some of your thoughts…

Glovesave29 … First off QUEBEC CITY is not a town but a CITY. You’d be surprised. And I’m a Quebec Remparts season ticket older (JUNIOR HOCKEY) and I can tell you that the average crowd is almost 11 000 ( 10 256 per game to be exact ) and it’s been that way since 2006. Oh and its FULL (15 300) during most of the playoffs. And the tickets aren’t starting at 6$ (for young kids) they Start at 14$… that pisses me off when people say things they know nothin’ about just to make a point!

And by the way guys… when someone says that a team is struggling… they mean moneywise / attendance.

Rob wrote : “To the “fans” from Quebec. This type behavior is not going to win you ANY love, ANYWHERE in this league. Tacky, classless, and completely ignorant. That is why your last team left you high and dry…..they didn’t even want to play there with “fans” like you.”

WOW Do I need to comment on this. This is just a false and completely ignorant statement.

LAC wrote: “you LOSERS can try to do is relocate us and a few other teams… Go get an expansion team and lose for ten years and let’s see how many people will show up at “your” games ????”

Funny you brought it up… I do wish for an expansion team and try to make it a stanley cup contender. Cause I don’t want to “steal” anyone’s team. But your comment shows your ignorance. The Nordiques played from 1979 to 1995. There were hihs and lots of lows… especially between 1988 and 1992. And for all of those 16 years… yep… the building was FULL every night ! We lost our team (overnight i might had ) solely beacuse the owners asked for a salary cap wich the league didn’t want back then… and the Quebec City mayor wasn’t in favor of building a new arena.

Well both of those things changed. The league finally instated a salary cap and our mayor announced that we’re in the process of building a new Colisee wich should be ready in 3 or 4 years!
Remember we have no team and no new building and yet all of the 73 luxury boxes sold out in a couple of months. Thats corporate support. And 2000 (like myself) people bought their future seat beetween 4500$ and 1500$. So don’t you worry LAC… the building will be sold out every game even if the team looses. Just like it was in early 90’s when the Nordiques finished the season last with just 31 points. Coliseum capacity 15 399 average for that year was 14 387. Not bad hein… what’s yours again for this season ( and Trashers are winning ) ???

Almost 40% of the league’s revenue comes from the 6 canadian teams! So the league should bring back a team in Quebec and Winipeg… two teams that moved because of reasons that don’t exist nor apply anymore. Wether ist via expansion or relocation I don’t really care. But I honestly do wish that you guys turn this attendance thing around ’cause you have a GREAT product on the ice.

Merci
JP

R. Stroz

December 14th, 2010
1:09 pm

Vectak – Shut up you whining shriveling dique. If you loved the sport, you would want to see it played in as many venues as possible.

R. Stroz

December 14th, 2010
8:49 pm

Rawhide

December 16th, 2010
8:53 pm

R. Stroz – Nope