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Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Quebec Nordiques came into the NHL in 1979 with the WHA merger, and played there until re-locating to Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche in 1995. The fans in Quebec not only lost their team, but since they didn’t win a championship as the Nordiques and then watched the Avalanche win two in Colorado, that had to be hard to take. Anyway, this franchise has always had great offensive players and here is the short list of their leading goal-scorers to date:
Joe Sakic (625)—Center Joe Sakic played his entire career with the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise, from 1988 to 2009 and is widely recognized as one of the all-time greats. Sakic leads the franchise all-time with 625 goals scored, and he scored 30 or more goals nine times, 40 or more five times and 50 or more twice. Sakic’s best season was probably the 2000-01 championship campaign, when he scored a career high 54 goals, with 64 assists, 118 total points and an NHL best plus-45.
Michel Goulet (456)—Left wing Michel Goulet played for the Nordiques from 1979 to 1990 and ranks second in the team’s history with 456 goals. Goulet was somewhat of a sniper who scored 53 or more goals four times while wearing a Nordiques’ uniform. He scored a career high 57 goals in 1982-83, but Goulet’s best season was probably 1983-84. That year, he scored 56 goals, and had career highs in assists (65) and total points (121), with a plus-62.
Peter Stastny (380)—Center Peter Stastny played in Quebec from 1980 to 1990, and he had most of his best seasons there, with five seasons of 41 or more goals. Stastny ranks second in franchise history with 380 goals scored, and he scored a career high 47 goals in 1982-83. But Stastny’s best season was arguably 1981-82, when he scored 46 goals with career highs in assists (93) and total points (139).
Milan Hejduk (319)—Right wing Milan Hejduk has played his entire career in Colorado, from 1999 until now as I write this in 2009. And Hejduk ranks fourth in team history with 319 goals. His best season to date was 2002-03, when he had career highs in goals (50, led the NHL), assists (48) and total points (98), as well as a career best and NHL-leading plus-52.
Anton Stastny (252)—Left wing Anton Stastny, brother of Peter, played for the Nordiques his entire career, from 1980 to 1989, and ranks fifth in franchise history with 252 goals. Stastny never reached 40 goals but consistently scored 25 or more in a season. He had a career high 39 goals in 1980-81, but his best season may have been 1982-83. That year, Stastny had 32 goals and added a career high in assists (60) for 92 total points (also a career best).