• Mike Baumgartner’s NHL career consisted of just 17 games, all with the Scouts early in the ’74-’75 season. On December 14, 1974, Baumgartner took a slap shot in the face. By early December of ’75, Baumgartner was forced to give up any hope of returning to hockey, and Ken Rudnick penned this piece for the Star:
• Defenseman Gary Bergman was the grizzled veteran of the ’75-’76 Scouts. Ken Rudnick had this piece in the December 11th Times on Bergman fighting through one last year:
• On the 16th, Rudnick had this to say about the Scouts’ netminding stalwart Denis Herron:
• After a 4-1 win against the Red Wings on the 19th, the Scouts had an impressive 7-6-2 record at home for the year, but would manage only one more victory in the remaining 25 home dates.
• The sports editor at the Kansas City Star during the mid-’70s was Joe McGuff. He was an institution in the
• On the 28th, the Scouts visited one of their favorite foes, the California Golden Seals. The Scouts skated to a 3-1 victory. Here is what the standings looked like the next morning:
The top three teams in each division made the playoffs, and the Scouts where just one point behind third place
• Alan Eagleson was the head of the NHLPA at the time, and made waves by proclaiming six NHL franchises were “shaky” in terms of viability. He named
• The Scouts went 5-9-0 (.357) for the month, and drew an average of just 7,809 for the six home games.