This Day In Sports History (June 22nd) – 1991 NHL Draft
It was on this day in 1991 that the NHL Entry Draft was held at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. The Quebec Nordiques held the No. 1 selection, as they earned a league low 46 points in the 1990-91 season.
The Nordiques would select highly touted prospect Eric Lindros, a power forward who spent most of his junior career with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, where he totaled 180 goals and 380 points in 157 games played. However, Lindros refused to play for the Nordiques, which led to one of the biggest trades in NHL history.
Quebec would send Lindros to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for eventual Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg, Chris Simon, Ron Hextall, Mike Ricci, Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, two first round draft picks and $15,000,000 cash. Many considered this trade a big reason why the Colorado Avalanche (who acquired the Nordiques’ franchise after their re-location in 1995) went on to be an elite team, winning multiple Stanley Cups in the seasons following the trade.
Here is footage of the Nordiques selecting Eric Lindros.
Pete Maravich, NBA – Born on June 22nd 1948 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Kurt Warner, NFL – Born on June 22nd 1971 (age 41) in Burlington, Iowa
Champ Bailey, NFL – Born on June 22nd 1978 (age 34) in Folkston, Georgia