Kansas City Blades Timeline

Kansas City Blades History

March 15, 90 City Council approves contract with Calgary businessman Russ Parker to bring pro hockey back.
April 26, 90 Blades chosen as the name for the new team.
July 5, 90 Former NHL goalie Doug Soetaert is hired as head coach and directory of hockey operations.
August 3, 90 Rick Barkovich is the first Blades player signed.
September 21, 90 Blades open their first training camp at Bode Ice Arena in St. Joseph.
October 5, 90 Blades play first IHL game versus Phoenix Roadrunners.
October 24, 90 Blades win first IHL game versus Salt Lake Golden Eagles.
March 30, 91 Blades announce affiliation with San Jose Sharks.
April 3, 91 Doug Soetaert is named General Manager.
July 11, 91 Kevin Constantine named head coach.
February 19, 92 Blades clinch their first playoff spot.
April 10, 92 Blades win first playoff game versus Salt Lake Golden Eagles (5-3 WIN).
April 18, 92 Blades win first playoff series, against Salt Lake Golden Eagles (4-1).
May 12, 92 Blades win Turner Cup.
March 31, 93 The Blades earn a second consecutive playoff berth.
April 9, 93 Blades win record 11 straight games.
June 16, 93 Kevin Constantine named head coach of San Jose Sharks.
August 19, 93 Jim Wiley named head coach of the Blades.
April 5, 94 Blades defenseman Mike Colman killed in car accident.
April 12, 94 Blades eliminated from playoff contention despite a 40 win, 90 point season.
April 5, 95 Blades clinch a playoff berth.
April 25, 95 Dody Wood's hat trick against the Detroit Vipers propel Blades to 4-3 win and a 3-2 series win to move on to second round of the playoffs.
April 30, 95 Blades defeat Peoria Rivermen, 1-0, in 2OT. It is the longest 1-0 playoff game in IHL history.
May 7, 95 Blades eliminate Peoria Rivermen 4-1, the largest playoff upset in IHL history.
May 24, 95 Blades eliminate Kalamazoo Wings 4 games to 3 to reach Turner Cup Finals.
June 2, 95 Denver Grizzlies win Turner Cup, 4 games to none in KC against Blades.
October 10, 95 Blades coach Jim Wiley and assistant Mark Kaufman are promoted to the Sharks. Sharks assign Vasily Tikhonov and Drew Remenda as new Blades coaches.
January 5, 96 Blades defenseman Ken Hammond retires.
February 26, 96 Drew Remenda is fired as assistant. GM Doug Soetaert assumes position of associate coach to Vasily Tikhonov.
March 12, 96 Daniel G. and Pamella G. DeVos buy the Blades.
May 16, 96 San Jose moves affiliation to the Kentucky Thoroughblades (Lexington, Ky.) of the AHL. Blades operate as independent.
June 19, 96 Don Jackson named head coach.
August 19, 96 Veteran defensemen Normand Rochefort and Jim Kyte sign with Blades.
August 23, 96 Blades defenseman Jeff Batters killed in an automobile accident.
October 26, 96 Blades play first game in Canada, a 4-2 loss at Winnipeg v. Manitoba Moose.
July 17, 97 Blades captain Gary Emmons retires. He accepts a position with team as director of player personnel.
July 21, 97 Head coach Don Jackson resigns. He accepts a position with Pittsburgh Penguins.
December 17, 97 Claudio Scremin plays 500th regular season game as a Blade.
February 21, 98 Blades retire the number 15 of Gary Emmons. The fourth largest crowd in franchise history is in attendance to see the glorious moment.
March 18, 98 Blades clinch playoff spot for fourth consecutive season.
July 9, 98 Blades introduce new logo and jersey at a party for season-ticket holders.
August 21, 98 Gary Emmons named assistant coach.
October 12, 98 Former finance director Kay Caldwell arrested for felony stealing by KCPD. Caldwell stole what was reported to be in the six figure range from the team. She was charged with a Class C felony and bond was set at $50,000.
June 16, 2000 Blades owner Dan DeVos announces Bob Kaser will be going to Grand Rapids. Kaser accepted a position as executive director of broadcasting for DP Fox Sports and Entertainment. His duties included play-by-play for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
June 19, 2000 Blades announce an affiliation with Vancouver Canucks.
April 15, 01 Blades get 5-4 victory against Griffins. Unbeknownst to most, this would be the last Blades game.
June 4, 01 The International Hockey League announces it will cease operations. Blades fold.
Last updated July 15, 2001