The Scouts suffered from inflated player costs, undercapitalized ownership, an economic downturn in the Midwest, poor performance on the ice and poor attendance. The Scouts drew an average of just 8,218 fans during their two years in 17,000-seat Kemper Arena (at a time when the league average was approximately 13,000). The team’s 37 owners, buried in debt, mounted a season-ticket drive to raise more revenue. However, when only 2,000 people bought tickets, they concluded that the Scouts were not a viable venture and opted to sell. While the Capitals were far worse on the ice, their owner, Abe Pollin, was far better capitalized and had the patience to absorb the massive losses.
After just two seasons, the Scouts franchise was sold to a group headed by Jack Vickers, who moved the team to Denver and renamed it the Colorado Rockies.
The Scouts moved to Denver, Colorado in 1976 and became the Colorado Rockies. In 1982, they moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey and took their current name.
Kansas City – Denver – New Jersey
1974 – Present / National Hockey League
1982 – Present / New Jersey Devils
1976 – 1982 / Colorado Rockies
1974 – 1976 / Kansas City Scouts
Rockies – The nickname “Rockies” alludes to the Rocky Mountains which cover much of the western half of Colorado.
Stanley Cups 0
2003, 2000, 1995
2007 – Present / Prudential Center
1982 – 2007 / Continental Airlines Arena
1976 – 1982 / McNichols Sports Arena
1974 – 1976 / Kemper Arena
2013 – Present / New Jersey Devils, LLC
2004 – 2013 / Jeffrey Vanderbeek
2000 – 2004 / YankeeNets
1982 – 2000 / John McMullen
1976 – 1982 / Jack Vickers
1974 – 1976 / Edwin G. Thompson
3 Ken Daneyko
4 Scott Stevens
27 Scott Niedermayer
30 Martin Brodeur
99 Wayne Gretzky
*Blue is this team’s history