Kansas City Scouts

First Game Played October 9, 1974 Last Game Played April 4, 1976 Moved to Colorado in 1976
Logo 1974-1976
Alternate Logo 1974-1976

1974/75: The NHL completed its first eight year expansion cycle by adding teams in Washington and Kansas City. Kansas City which had been a 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 rejected by the Chicago Black Hawks. So, the team chose its second choice Scouts, named after a famous statue overlooking the city. The arrival of the Scouts and Capitals led the NHL into creating four divisions; the Scouts would be placed in the Smythe Division. Taking the ice for the first time on October 9th the Scouts would be buried by the Maple Leafs in Toronto. 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 the finally made their home debut losing 4-3 to the Black Hawks. However 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 Scouts hoped to challenge for a playoff spot. However, a 16-game winless streak from December 28th to February 7th would end all hopes for a playoff run. Things would only get worse after their February 7th win over the Washington Capitals as the Scouts failed to win another game the rest of the season losing 21 and tying six to finish in last place with an awful 12-56-12, which 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. However, 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.

1976-2006: Following the departure of the Scouts Kansas City became a minor league hockey town again affiliating with a number of 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, which has led them to actively perusing a return to the NHL, speaking with several teams about possible relocation.

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