Mindiana Jones Investigates: Hockey in Kansas City

While in Vancouver over Spring Break, I had the opportunity to go to a Vancouver Canucks/Dallas Stars game. Hockey? In Canada? I was pumped. As the game progressed, I was underwhelmed by the atmosphere and my thoughts wandered to the idea of the National Hockey League coming back to Kansas City. The Kansas City Scouts played in Kemper Arena from 1974 to 1976. After 2 years, the franchise moved to Denver, becoming the Colorado Rockies, and from there, moving to their present-day location of New Jersey.

But Kansas City in the 1970s looked a lot different than it does today. Could Kansas City support an NFL, MLB, MLS, and NHL team?

Well…

Kansas City definitely doesn’t show up to sports that aren’t part of the Big 3

And Kansas City wouldn’t care about national hockey teams…

Unfortunately, Kansas City doesn’t have a location built for a hockey team…

Kansas City doesn’t show support for other local hockey leagues…

The hockey bar in town doesn’t seem to be popular during games…

Kansas City isn’t an up-and-coming city…

And Kansas City fans definitely aren’t passionate about their teams…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, yes, the support for an NHL in KC is here, and there is no doubt in my mind it would thrive if it happened. Of course, the logistics of getting a team and playing at Sprint Center have been discussed as reasons why NHL won’t happen here. Screw logistics though. Kansas City deserves a hockey team. Anyone know a billionaire? Until then, continue to support our newly named Kansas City Mavericks.

And whatever you do? Don’t root for the St. Louis Blues.

 

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