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Marc Tardif Joseph Gerard Marquis Tardif

Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Shoot: L
Born: 12 Jun 1949, Granby PQ

 

 

Regular Season & Playoff Scoring Record (key)

year team
gp
g
a
pts
pim
gp
g
a
pts
pim
1973-74 Los Angeles
75
40
30
70
47
1974-75 Michigan
23
12
5
17
9
Quebec
53
38
34
72
70
15
10
11
21
10
Totals (2 teams)
76
50
38
88
79
1975-76 Quebec
81
71
77
148
79
2
1
0
1
2
1976-77 Quebec
62
49
60
109
65
12
4
10
14
8
1977-78 Quebec
78
65
89
154
50
11
6
9
15
11
1978-79 Quebec
74
41
55
96
98
4
6
2
8
4
Totals:
446
316
350
666
418
44
27
32
59
35

• Winner, Gordie Howe Trophy (Most Valuable Player), 1975-76.
• Winner, Gordie Howe Trophy (Most Valuable Player), 1977-78.

 

Excerpts from Pro Hockey, WHA 1975-76 (by Dan Proudfoot)

There's a definite contrast between Marc Tardif and his good friend, Rejean Houle. Tardif is almost silent, while Houle delights in joking and talking non-stop, but the two of them make a solid combination.

There was considerable debate, then, when the buddies went separate directions in 1973. Tardif went to the Los Angeles Sharks, while Houle chose the Nordiques, and there was no doubt that Tardif had chosen the more difficult route.

Sharks, struggling for attention amid Los Angeles' apathy to hockey, wanted a superstar.

Tardif scored 40 goals for Sharks in 1973-74 but failed to generate the kind of publicity the team had hoped for. There wasn't enough interest in the Sharks to justify keeping the team going. The franchise was moved to Detroit for 1974-75, where it was known as the Michigan Stags, and its problems continued to grow.

Tardif was able to return home to Quebec when the Stags decided they could no longer afford his super salary. Reunited with Houle, and playing in front of the enthusiastic Nordique fans instead of Detroit's empty Cobo Hall, Tardif's mood changed abruptly. He scored 72 points in 53 joyous games with Nordiques, compared to 17 points in 23 games as an unhappy Stag. Only one left wing, Bobby Hull, ended up with more WHA points.

Sharks were probably right in the first place. Tardif can be a truly outstanding player — but he needed the right surroundings to help him along.

 

Excerpts from Zander Hollander Complete Hockey Handbook, 1975-76 (by Reyn Davis)

One of the happiest days in Tardif's young life occurred in December, when a long-talked-about trade was consummated, sending Tardif and Steve Sutherland from Michigan to Quebec for Pierre Guite, Alain Caron and Michel Rouleau ... As far as Tardif was concerned, it meant returning to an exciting environment ... ticket sales soared in Quebec ... deal suited everyone ... Buddies Rejean Houle and Tardif were reunited ... Responded with 38 goals and 34 assists in 53 games for the Nordiques ... Skates in erect fashion ... Member of Team Canada 1974 ... wears a stern look, seldom smiling ... Montreal Canadiens would dearly love to have him back.

 

Excerpts from Pro Hockey, WHA 1976-77 (by Dan Proudfoot)

Marc Tardif must wonder if luck will ever go his way completely, without some reversal or another. Tardif finally showed the hockey world what he could do, leading the WHA with 71 goals and 77 assists in 1975-76. He had 100 points after only 55 games and he scarcely slowed down. But then the hockey world showed what it could do to him.

First, in the second game of Quebec's playoff series against Calgary Cowboys, he was attacked, without provocation by surprise, and he ended up in hospital, his career in jeopardy. Then, Nordiques gave up on Rejean Houle, Tardif's great friend and teammate for many years stretching back to junior hockey, letting him go to Montreal Canadiens. The Quebec management argued that Canadiens had offered Houle an incredible contract that they couldn't match, just to embarrass the WHA team, but Tardif couldn't be consoled.

"The Nordiques' management can use all the great arguments they want, but they'll never convince me that they can replace a player of Rejean's ability easily. If the Nordiques aren't able to meet the demands of Rejean Houle, a player in the prime of his career, how can they convince calibre players to come into our league? How are they going to sign juniors?

Ironically, Tardif had tried to include Houle in his own contract, as a package deal, when he signed a new 10-year pact with the Nordiques in December, 1975. Nordiques would have nothing of it, but they were sure they wanted Tardif wrapped up. He's only 26, but he's established as a superstar and a favorite in the Quebec line of hockey royalty that goes back to Jean Beliveau, continued with Guy Lafleur and continues now with Tardif. All that's in doubt is his ability to come back after his severe head injury.

 

Excerpts from Zander Hollander's Guide to Pro Hockey, 1978-79 (by Reyn Davis)

Broke his own WHA record for points last season, capturing his second league scoring championship ... League MVP for second time ... This brilliant left-winger led the league in goals (65), score-tying goals (14) and shots on goal (375) ... Nordiques team captain ... Has his own radio show in Quebec City ... Somber fellow and very intelligent ... President of the WHA Players Association ... Someday wants to be the president of a hockey club ... Narrowly escaped permanent disability when he was brutally checked by Calgary's Rick Jodzio in 1976 playoffs ... Head injuries impaired his play for a year ... Still suffers from dizzy spells ... Consistently makes the big play for Quebec

 

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