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This group is for discussing why Kansas City should get their NHL team back formerly known as The Scouts!
The Kansas City Scouts were the first and only NHL franchise in Kansas City. The city was awarded a franchise on June 8, 1972. Washington, D.C. was the other city awarded an NHL expansion franchise.
Cities like Cincinnati & Cleveland were disappointed that they were not awarded expansion franchises. Cincinnati went on to have a WHA team. Cleveland just received the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate team, they also had an NHL team for a short period in the 70s. The Scouts only stayed in town for two years. In those two years, the team never really created that much excitement.
During the 1975-76 season there had been some talk about possibly making the playoffs, but that was stiffled by a major winless streak of 27 games. As the season dwindled away, the team was rumored to be moving to another city. The 37 owners of the team went on a drive to sell 8,000 season tickets to keep the team in town, but they failed only selling 2,000. In the end, the Scouts ownership group was $900,000 in debt.
Due to poor teams and poor management, attendance was low, so the Scouts fled to Denver (becoming the Colorado Rockies), where they stayed until 1982. It was the first time since 1934-35 when Ottawa's franchise left for St. Louis that a franchise changed towns. The movement of the Scouts franchise signaled that there was a change in the league's demographic and the league needed to look for stronger ownership for their teams. Another NHL franchise changed cities that year, the California Seals moved to Cleveland and became the Barons. The franchise changed hands and moved East, becoming the New Jersey Devils. The Devils won the Stanley Cup in 1995 and 2000

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  • Oct 24, 2002
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