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Sens Army Invaded by Nordiques Nation

By Dave Cottenie -- February 13, 2012 7:15 AM EST

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The annual Hockey Day in Canada celebrations were infiltrated by thousands of fans looking for a team of their own. On Saturday, February 11th, 22 bus loads of fans made the trip from Quebec City to Ottawa where the Senators were playing the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Place. They were all sporting the powder blue of the former Quebec Nordiques with the goal of catching the attention of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. "Nordiques Nation" was out to prove that they were passionate enough to deserve a second shot at the NHL. Rumours have been floating around that the Phoenix Coyotes are ready to make a move out of the desert and Jobing.com Arena, and Quebec City is one of a few speculated locations. The square outside Scotiabank Place, saw over one thousand Nordiques supporters chanting, and making themselves noticed by anyone walking by. They carried signs specifically addressed to Gary Bettman.

Once inside, the Nordique supporters were loud and easily noticed throughout the arena. They were supportive of the Senators, and jovial and positively interacted with the local fans. At the 16:00 mark during each period, the Nordique faithful stood in unison and screamed at the top of their lungs. The significance of the 16 minute mark is that it has been 16 years since the Nordiques moved to Colorado. The Nordique supporters were hoping that the increased exposure that the NHL gets on Hockey Day in Canada will aid them in their quest. The Nordiques Nation have traveled to NHL cities and will continue to do so until they get their team!

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