Marcel who? Some people may ask.
Marcel Aubut is a lawyer who has always worked around hockey.
His rankings in the Quebec Nordiques organization include being the Chief Executive Officer and President of the team. He also has worked with the Canadian Olympic Comittee and was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.
Not bad if you ask me. But this is not why he is on this list.
Marcel Aubut had the unfortunate reputation of having to declare the Quebec Nordiques as bankrupt, due to the difficulty Canadian teams had to represent competitive economies with U.S. teams.
He asked for a bailout and did not get one, as Quebec's provincial government was not motivated with the large salaries and not proportional performance. He knew that there was no chance the Nordiques could survive in such a competitive, predominantly U.S. located market.
It was up to Marcel Aubut to make the tough choice of selling the team to a certain group of investors in Denver, Colorado.
The rest is hockey history.
Aubut is still deep in the hockey world and has proposed Quebec as a city for relocation or a new franchise. Let's hope his ideas work and Quebec gets the hockey team they rightfully deserve.
For now, though, Aubut was essential in the Avalanche becoming who they are by knowing they were not where they were supposed to be.
He is seen in this picture with actor William Fichtner and his wife, Kym.