Sunday, June 28, 2009

Scouts Concepts, Potential Names

That there is a Scouts concept jersey from yours truly (based on an old Bruins design). Im a geek for the design aspect of sports. One of my favorite websites is Uni Watch, which obsesses over sports uniform minutiae. A couple of other good websites specific to hockey are Icethetics and PuckDrawn.
Scouts concepts have shown up quite a few times on Icethetics. PuckDrawn has a funny Islanders/Scouts logo mash-up. (PuckDrawn has plans for a series of concepts called Totally Reebok in which theyll imagine what jerseys would look like today for various teams of the past, including the Scouts. Ill point you that way when its posted.)

All of which is good fun, but there
s zero chance that a new NHL team in KC would be called the Scouts. It might be more interesting to hear ideas for potential team names and see ideas for logos and jerseys. My preference would be a name that would carry on the tradition of royalty/leadership related names (Monarchs, Royals, Chiefs, Kings, Scouts), but I dont know exactly what. Presidents maybe? Emperors? Or bringing back the Monarchs name? There is an AHL Monarchs, so that might not be a possibility. Im not sure how Id feel about using that namethe Negro league baseball Monarchs have such an amazing story and history that the name is almost sacrosanct to me.

’s just frivolous fun, and of course wildly premature, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News: Coyotes Will Land In KC

From The Hockey News columnist Adam Proteau: If Relocating Coyotes Is In The Cards, Look To Kansas City

Proteau predicts that the Coyotes will continue to
hemorrhage money in Arizona for a few more years and move to KC. Bizarrely, Proteau calls KC “about as good as it gets” for an NHL market. Even those of us dying to see NHL hockey in KC realize there are plenty of reasonable doubts about how the NHL would fare here. But Proteau may be correct that AEG’s ties to the league and KC playing by league rules and wishes puts us first in line for a team.

Proteau gets some interesting quotes from an anonymous member of the NHL board of governors:
“You see the connections (Kansas City) has to the (NHL board of) governors – Anschutz, (AEG president and CEO Tim) Leiweke – and it’s hard not to see them influencing the process in K.C.’s favor. I think the Balsillie debacle has proven that if (the league is) bringing other teams or more teams back to Canada - and a bunch of other U.S.-based franchises don’t fall apart in the meanwhile - the NHL is going to demand huge expansion fees for anyone interested.

“Not so in Kansas City, though. There’s your classic market that the league would lower expectations for in order to keep team locations close to Gary’s overall blueprint for the product. And any league business venture that helps an existing board member’s interests is going to be looked at and embraced before any other.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Pitch Calls Out McGannon

So the enthusiasm I displayed in my last post about Paul McGannons claim that there are 100 Kansas Citians just waiting to buy an NHL team is a little embarrassing. I didnt really take it at face valueI think it just made me hope that there could be some rich dudes in KC at least discussing or considering such a thing.

Pitch reporter David Martin picked up on McGannons claim, and asked the pertinent question: Who the hell is McGannon talking about? He asked McGannon, and McGannon was happy to talk about the Kings-Islanders game coming up. From Martins piece:

But what about the company founders and CEOs who seemed (in McGannons telling to an out-of-town newspaper) to be chomping at the bit to capture an NHL franchise?

I dont know if theyre chomping at the bit, McGannon says. Theyre waiting for further information on what opportunity would be available at the appropriate time, which weve been told is not now.

There is a lot of passion for the NHL in the civic community, McGannon adds. But they dont want to reveal themselves.

Curious that these enthusiastic hockey supporters want to stay anonymous. Seems if someone was actually interested in helping to bring a team here, theyd be front and center waving money around, dont you think? Or submitting a bid on the Coyotes?

s hard to know what to make of Paul McGannon. I dont doubt that his heart is in the right place, and that he truly is passionate about bringing a team here. But it seems one of his strategies is to say anything and everything to get attention for KC, truth be damned. My guess is that hes highly optimistic and a dreamer. And theres not necessarily anything wrong with thatit might be just what will be necessary if were ever to gain an NHL franchise.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

100 Kansas Citians Willing To Buy Into NHL?

It recently came out that the Columbus Blue Jackets have lost $80 million over the last seven years, and premature speculation about relocation immediately started up. It's really a non-story at this point, but buried in an article in a Columbus weekly is a bit of a bomb-shell from NHL21 honcho Paul McGannon: “(NHL21 membership includes) 100 civic leaders who, if asked, would participate if local ownership (of an NHL franchise) was requested.” Wha?! That's huge news if there are really 100 Kansas Citians willing to form an ownership consortium.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Scouts Notes: October 1975

• After having to endure an eight-game road trip to start their inaugural season, the Scouts got to open the ’75-’76 season at home against the New York Islanders on October 8. And after waiting six games to earn their first point in ’74, the Scouts didn’t waste time in ’75 and tied the Islanders, who had made the Cup semifinals the year before, 1-1. From Ken Rudnick’s game wrap in the next day’s Times: “‘We checked well,’ said (coach) Bep (Guidolin). ‘We had a meeting this morning and our guys played just like we talked about. I told them we weren’t going to beat a good team like New York by five goals, so we had to check them tight.’” The Islanders thought they may have pulled out the win when J.P. Parise (father of Zach) put the puck in the net with 27 seconds left, but the ref immediately signaled Parise had batted the puck with a high-stick, and the goal was not allowed. “I didn’t know what happened,” said Guidolin. “I just saw the red light go on. Then the guys on the bench started yelling, so I started yelling.” Appropriately, Guy Charron had the goal for the Scouts. Numbers-wise, he was about the only thing going for the Scouts in ’75-’76 (78GP, 27G, 44A, 71P). Ed Gilbert became the Scouts “iron man” as the only player to appear in all 81 Scouts games to date.

Islanders head coach Al Arbour had this take on the opener: “I think the Scouts are a vastly improved team. Defensemen like Gary Bergman, Larry Johnston and Jean-Guy Lagace have helped them. Last year they had a couple of forwards who had never played in the league. Now they have experience. Players like Denis Dupere and Craig Patrick will help them up front and Denis Herron is a good young goalie. I wasn’t pleased with the way we played…it could be that Kansas City just wouldn’t let us get going.” (10/9/75 Star)

• From Star reporter Joe McGuff: “The only disappointing aspect of opening night was the crowd of 6,819, but then it’s a little hard to be hockey-minded on an Indian summer night. If the Scouts are as much improved as they appear to be, selling hockey in Kansas City should become an easier job.” (10/9/75 Star) It’s flabbergasting that an opening night crowd could be so minuscule. Owner Ed Thompson had to be let down, but tried to put on a happy face: “I wasn’t disappointed because we expected it. You can usually tell by the advance sale. If we keep playing good hockey, things will pick up. I think at the end of the season our attendance will be better than last year.” (10/11/75 Star)

• The first bad break of the season came in practice the very next day after the opener when (G) Bill McKenzie and (F) Denis Dupere suffered a chance collision during a “standard skating drill” (10/11/75 Times). McKenzie escaped with some soreness, but Dupere’s collarbone had snapped. “I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years of hockey,” said Bep. Dupere was lost for the first half of the year, a major blow to the team. Dupere had set up Charron for the Scouts goal in the opener, and was penciled in to play on the top two lines. Mr. Dupere was kind enough to send a reply to an autograph request and letter from me, in which he wrote: “We couldn’t blame the fans for the poor support since we weren’t a very good team. I missed most of the season with a broken collarbone. On the bright side, me being a great baseball fan, I was lucky to meet George Brett and I am sure you know who I am talking about!”

• The club went 3-2 in their next five games to give them a surprising .583 start, but then dropped the last three contests of the month to finish October at 3-5-1 (.389).

• (C) Rich Lemieux and a 1977 2nd round draft pick was traded to Atlanta for (RW) Buster Harvey on the 13th.

• The Scouts obviously didn’t have much TV support in Kansas City: “Reiterating that there would be at least some Scouts games on television this season, Bob Wormington, general manager of KBMA-TV, said that no definite schedule has been set. ‘We should know something in a week or two,’ he said. ‘It depends on a couple of major advertisers.’ He indicated the bulk of the televised games would probably take place after the football season.” 10/14/75 Times

• New backup goaltender Bill McKenzie made his Scouts debut in Washington, D.C. on the 22nd and managed a 4-2 win. Unfortunately for him and the Scouts, he went 0-16-1 the rest of the way.

• On the 23rd, the Scouts met the Bruins in Boston, and stunned them 3-2. The two wins in Boston (one each season) were probably the biggest feathers in the Scouts cap. It helped that Bobby Orr was on the sidelines for this game due to knee surgery, but it still rates as a major upset.

• The average attendance for the five home games in October was just 7,755.