I too miss those days but not the brawls. The Good Friday brawl is a black eye on the sport. Emotions were running high and it went way too far.
But the hockey between these teams was excellent.
I miss the Nordiques like hell but being a Habs fan is not that bad...
Too bad I don't have cable or the time to go out that long tonight...I'll catch the game on radio.
Nothing compares to the Habs/Nords battles of days gone by. Part of me was almost happy to see the Nords go, as I though having two teams in the province was going to hurt the future of the habs. Let's face it, if even 40% of the hockey fan population of Quebec was/would still be Nords fans that is alot of money NOT being given to the habs in merchandising, could hurt TV deals, etc. Bottom line..it would mean less hab fans, and a less stable enviroment for the habs. Also it changed the way the habs did business, and I didn't like that. In the '85 draft we made trades to get the 12th overall pick just so we could select Jose Charbonneau and keep him away from the Nords. Mistakes happen when you use that kind of thinking. For these reasons I was kind of happy when the Nords left.
As for the strictly hockey part I was sad though. I loved the rivalary and I liked having another team in Canada in a city where fans truely deserved NHL hockey (ditto to Winnipeg....awesome hockey fans in Winnipeg). Colorado already had a tema and didn't support it.
My favorite game was the one where Dale Hunter won it in overtime for the Nordiques. It hurt, but was a real war.
I remember the game well. I was in a bind. The Habs were coming back from down 2-0 and I was praying for a goal. I had prime Red tickets and didn't want to leave but had to catch a bus back to Ottawa. Then it goes to OT and I'm counting the minutes till I have to leave and that ******* stuffs a loose puck under Wamsley and I had a horrible bus ride back to Ottawa. lol
Remember those neutral site games they had before they started expanding? Well some idiot decided they should have the Habs and Nordiques play in Arizona. Needless to say, the rivalry wasn't too intense that night as there were only 7 or 8 thousand people there and nobody had a clue who either team was.
It was good for me though, I think I paid $15 for a ticket and we got to sit wherever we wanted, so I watched the game from the 2nd row. It also brightened up a lame-ass trip to visit my grandparents.