Sunday, November 22, 2009

NFB Film Gives an Early Look at the Quebec Nordiques

I came across another interesting short feature from the National Film Board of Canada.

Pierre Letarte's "Just Another Job" looks at the Quebec Nordiques during the team's first season in the WHA.

The story centers on defenceman Jacques Bain who looks to seek a position on the squad.

Much to his enlightenment, Bain receives an offer to play for the Nordiques under it's fisrt coach, Maurice "Rocket" Richard.

There is also some brief footage of the Nordiques first game against the then Alberta Oilers, a game that they won 3-0.

Richard could not find the fire he had, as a player, behind the bench and resigned as coach after just two games.

Prior to the start of the game, the camera focuses on his eyes. Instead of the ferocious glare he gave as a member of the Canadiens, you can see fear and concern

As for Bain, he lasted just the one season in the WHA and spent the rest of his career in the minors.

The 27-minute film is great to enjoy for any Nordiques fans of hockey buffs and has a brief animated intro.

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