By JEFF Z. KLEIN and STU HACKEL
Nordiques Nation is returning to the New York area.
Some 2,100 Quebec fans are expected to travel April 10 to Prudential Center in Newark for the season-ending game between the Devils and the Boston Bruins, said Vincent Cauchon, a Quebec sports radio host and an organizer of Nordiques Nation, the fan group dedicated to bringing an N.H.L. club back to the old city.
Cauchon said 1,600 people would make the 550-mile trip from Quebec to Newark in 31 buses, with an additional 500 traveling on their own.
On Dec. 11, about 1,100 blue-clad Nordiques fans enlivened a Islanders-Atlanta Thrashers game at Nassau Coliseum with their cheering, chanting and sign-waving.
“We just want to show the N.H.L. that Quebec needs a team and is a better market; maybe a third of the markets in the N.H.L. aren’t doing so well right now,” Cauchon said.
Cauchon said last week that the trip to Newark had “the same goal, in the same peaceful way, just to let people know we won’t give up and we are the best crowd with our team.”