Kansas City Scouts
1974/75: The NHL completed its first eight-year expansion cycle by adding teams in Washington and Kansas City. Kansas City, which had been home to several minor league teams, was getting its first crack at NHL level hockey. Initially, they chose Mohawks as their nickname to reflect a Missouri-Kansas union, but the name was objected to by the Chicago Black Hawks. So, the team decided its second choice Kansas City Scouts, named after a famous statue overlooking the city. The arrival of the Scouts and Washington Capitals led the NHL into creating four divisions; the Scouts were placed in the Smythe Division. Taking the ice for the first time on October 9th, the Scouts would be buried by the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 at Maple Leaf Gardens. While Kemper Arena was hosting the American Royal Rodeo and Livestock Show, the Scouts were forced to play their first nine games on the road, losing eight and tying one. On November 2nd, they finally made their home debut losing 4-3 to the Black Hawks. The following day they would get their first win beating the Capitals in Washington 5-4. The highlight of the seasons would come on January 23rd when the Scouts stunned the Bruins 3-2 in Boston. However, the Scouts who were led in scoring by Captain Simon Nolet were a typical expansion team finishing in last place with a 15-54-11 record.
1975/76: Going into their second season, the Kansas City Scouts hoped to challenge for a playoff spot, but a16-game winless streak from December 28th to February 7th ended all hopes. The Scuts struggles would worsen after a win on February 7th, as they went winless, going 0-21-6 to finish in last place with an awful record of 12-56-12. This included just one win in their final 44 games. Not surprisingly, the Scouts struggled to draw fans, forcing their 37 inventors who were almost a million dollars in debt to initiate a ticket drive. When the Scouts sold only 2,000 of their 8,000 season tickets sold goal, they were forced to conclude that hockey would not work in Kansas City, so the team was moved to Denver after just two seasons in Kansas City.
1976-Present: Following the departure of the Scouts, Kansas City became a minor league hockey town again affiliating with several teams until the IHL folded in 2001, taking the Kansas City Blades with them. Within a few years of the Blades departure, a new arena was built in Kansas City in 2006, which has led them to actively perusing a return to the NHL, speaking with several teams about possible relocation but to date, no team has been placed in Kansas City.
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