Saturday, April 4, 2015

Kansas City Scouts Footage Proves KC Actually Had an NHL Team

Above is a great video posted to YouTube about a year and a half ago of some great Kansas City Scouts footage.  User "JC70" cuts together video from the Scouts playing their first home game against the Chicago Blackhawks, and a mid-season matchup in their final season agains the Minnesota North Stars.  Great job, JC70, and I wish there were more of these videos online.

Some thoughts:

0:29 – Scouts get a great chance, shoot wide, the puck slides around the boards and turns into a Chicago Blackhawks breakaway. I feel like many Kansas City sports teams have something similar happen all too often...

1:02 – The Scouts scored!  And its the first goal at Kemper Arena!  How neat.  Many of these early videos appear to be from the Scouts first home game at Kemper Arena.  The Scouts started the season on an eight game road trip while the construction of Kemper was completed.  They came into the home opener 0-7-1, and would lose the home opener 4-3.

1:21 – bro loses his stick, picks it up, passes across the crease, and it goes in off of Scouts goalie

2:25 – Scouts out here playing defense, son.

3:40 – Scouts out here lookin' like fools, refusing to play defense.

4:30 – Seriously, where is the defense?

4:56 – The Edmonton Oilers must have used the Scouts as the model of how to play defense.

5:20 – Pierre Jarry was a Scouts killer!  One can only assume he would have had a Hall of Fame career if the Scouts stayed in the league.  Alas, his NHL career ended in 1978, after eight seasons.

Much of the footage of the last video was taken from a Minnesota North Stars home game against the Scouts in 1975-76.  The North Stars went 6-0 against the Scouts that year, and this game was from the 1/28/76 game the North Stars won 9-3.

h/t JC70

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