Kansas City Scouts
Kansas City Scouts (NAHL) logo.jpg
City: Shawnee, Kansas
League: NAHL
Division: South
Founded: 2004
Home Arena: Kansas City Ice Center
Colors: Red, Gold, Black
General Manager: Simon Watson
Head Coach: Simon Watson
Franchise history
2003 to 2004: Lone Star Cavalry
2004 to 2007: Santa Fe Roadrunners
2007-2018: Topeka Roadrunners
2018-2020: Topeka Pilots
2020-present: Kansas City Scouts

The Kansas City Scouts is a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's Southern Division. The team's home arena Kansas City Ice Center in Shawnee, Kansas.

History[edit | edit source]

Lone Star Calvary logo

Lone Star Cavalry[edit | edit source]

The Lone Star Cavalry were granted an expansion franchise in the America West Hockey League in March 2003. They stayed in the league when it merged with the North American Hockey League for the 2003-2004 season. The Cavalry played out of the Blue Line Ice Complex in North Richland Hills, Texas and served the immediate "Mid-Cities" area of Metro Dallas-Fort Worth. The Cavalry were part of the “new” NAHL’s South Division along with the Central Texas Blackhawks, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Springfield (MO) Spirit, Texas Tornado, Texarkana Bandits and Wichita Falls Rustlers.

Santa Fe Roadrunners

Santa Fe Roadrunners[edit | edit source]

After financial difficulties caused the Cavalry’s home rink, the Blue Line Ice Complex, to close, the Cavalry were left without a home, due to this and other factors the Cavalry ended up being sold and relocated to Santa Fe. The team was granted membership on September 20th,2004 and began play on September 25th,2004 under their new identity as the Santa Fe Roadrunners. The Santa Fe Roadrunners played out of the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In their inaugural season in New Mexico, the Roadrunners played in the South Division, against the Central Texas Marshals, Springfield (IL) Junior Blues, Springfield (MO) Spirit, Texarkana Bandits, Texas Tornado and the Wichita Falls Wildcats, finishing with a 33-15-8 record, good for 3rd place in the division. The following season they finished dead last in the South Division behind the Texas Tornado, Texarkana Bandits, Springfield (IL) Junior Blues, and the Wichita Falls Wildcats. The third and final season in Santa Fe saw the Roadrunners finishing with a 41-17-4 record for 2nd place in a South Division which consisted of the St. Louis Bandits, Texas Tornado, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Wichita Falls Wildcats, and the Alaska Avalanche.

Topeka Roadrunners[edit | edit source]

logo as Topeka Roadrunners On 26 February 2007, the team announced their move to Topeka from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Poor attendance was said to be the reason for the move to Topeka. Santa Fe ranked 17th out of 18 teams in attendance. The move to Topeka was initiated by a grass roots effort, led by hockey fans from Topeka. In 2005 Topeka Hockey 07' set a goal to obtain an interested owner to believe in the vision they had and be playing in Topeka in 2007 giving the franchise enough time to build a relationship with the city and its business community. Topeka Hockey '07 was founded by two guys with a passion for the game, Mike Cline and Jason "The Bucketman" Simonsen with the interest of finding an owner that could make money in Topeka. Topeka Hockey '07, had built a business model and sent out packets to teams in markets all across the country looking for one of them to either relocate or expand and buy a second franchise to play in the NAHL in Topeka, KS. In their first season in Topeka, 2007-2008, they were third in league attendance. That season the team won the NAHL South Division and South Division Playoffs. They finished in third place at the Robertson Cup competition. The 2008-2009 season saw the Roadrunners finishing fourth in league attendance and 2nd in the South Division. The team lost in the second round of the South Division playoffs. In 2009-2010 The Roadrunners finished first in the South Division, and they were second in attendance.

A July 9, 2015 article in the Topeka-Capital Journal announced the RoadRunners had a new three year lease approved by the Shawnee County Commission to be able to stay in Wichita.  This had followed four months of contentious lease negotiations that stalled on more than one occasion; leaving the future of the team in Topeka in doubt. which included reports that the team was relocating to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

Topeka Pilots[edit | edit source]

logo as Topeka Pilots On April 18, 2018 the NAHL announced that the team was sold by Don Stone who had owned the team since 2009, to Lamar Hunt, Jr. and his Loretto Sports Ventures Group, which also owns the Kansas City Mavericks of the ECHL. The ownership group reaffirmed its commitment to the city of Topeka. As part of the announcement Simon Watson was named new GM and head coach.  The team was renamed on June 5, 2018 to the Topeka Pilots.[1]

Kansas City Scouts[edit | edit source]

On February 28, 2020, Lamar Hunt Jr. announced he was moving the team to the Kansas City metropolitan area for the 2020–21 season.[2][3] The team was renamed after the former NHL team, the Kansas City Scouts, and were to play at least the 2020–21 season at the Kansas City Ice Center in the suburb of Shawnee, Kansas. However, the team instead went dormant for the 2020–21 season due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic with plans to return for the 2021–22 season.[4] The Scouts also received dormancy status for the 2021–22 season on March 4, 2021.

Season-by-season records[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Lone Star Calvary
2003–04 56 28 22 6 - 62 158 171 1,504 5th, South Did not qualify
Santa Fe Roadrunners
2004–05 56 33 18 5 - 71 201 163 1,602 3rd of 7, South Lost in 1st Round
2005–06 58 24 28 6 - 54 182 205 1,418 5th of 5, South Did not qualify
2006–07 62 41 17 4 - 86 221 154 1,240 2nd of 6, South Lost in 1st Round
Topeka RoadRunners
2007–08 58 39 11 8 - 86 242 137 1,509 1st of 6, South Lost in Robertson Cup Semifinal
2008–09 58 42 11 5 - 89 204 138 1,545 2nd of 4, South Lost in 2nd Round
2009–10 58 44 9 5 - 93 254 147 1,500 1st of 5, South Lost in 2nd Round
2010–11 58 43 12 3 - 89 237 146 1,706 1st of 6, South Lost in Div. Finals
2011–12 60 38 18 4 - 80 197 152 1,247 2nd of 7, South Lost in Div. Finals
2012–13 60 39 14 7 - 85 190 146 1343 2nd of 6, South Lost in Div. Semifinals
2013–14 60 39 15 6 - 84 180 122 1090 2nd of 7, South Lost in Robertson Cup Semifinals
2014–15 60 39 15 6 - 84 199 140 837 2nd of 8, South Lost in Robertson Cup Quarterfinals
2015–16 60 34 24 2 - 70 190 154 1044 3rd of 6, South Lost in Div. Finals
2016–17 60 21 34 4 1 47 176 228 1322 7th of 7, South Did not qualify
2017-18 60 17 39 2 2 38 128 233 1217 6th of 6, South Did not qualify
2018-19 60 23 29 3 5 54 158 210 - 5th of 6, South Did not qualify
2019-20 52 33 14 3 2 71 151 129 - 3rd of 7, South playoffs cancelled
2020-21 Sat out season as part of re-organization

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • 2005
First Round – Texarkana Bandits defeated Santa Fe Roadrunners, 3-games-to-1
  • 2007
First Round – Texas Tornado defeated Santa Fe Roadrunners, 3-games-to-2
  • 2008
Division Semifinals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Texas Tornado, 3-games-to-0
Division Final – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Fairbanks Ice Dogs, 3-games-to-2
Robertson Cup Round Robin – Topeka RoadRunners (2-1) - Advance to Semifinal, (W, 3-2 vs. Phantoms; W, 4-2 vs. Blizzard; L, 2-5 vs. Bandits)
Robertson Cup Semifinal Game – Mahoning Valley Phantoms defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 5-2
  • 2009
Division Semifinals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Wichita Falls Wildcats, 3-games-to-2
Division Finals – St. Louis Bandits defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-1
  • 2010
Division Semifinals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Springfield Jr. Blues, 3-games-to-1
Division Finals – St. Louis Bandits defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-2
  • 2011
Division Semifinals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Wichita Falls Wildcats, 3-games-to-2
Division Finals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-2
  • 2012
Division Semifinals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Texas Tornado, 3-games-to-0
Division Finals – Amarillo Bulls defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-1
  • 2013
Division Semifinals – Texas Tornado defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-0
  • 2014
Division Semifinals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, 3-games-to-0
Division Finals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Amarillo Bulls, 3-games-to-2
Robertson Cup Semifinals – Austin Bruins defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 2-games-to-1
  • 2015
First Round – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Wichita Falls Wildcats, 3-games-to-1
Robertson Cup Quarterfinals – Lone Star Brahmas defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-1
  • 2016
Division Semifinals – Topeka RoadRunners defeated Lone Star Brahmas, 3-games-to-1
Division Finals – Wichita Falls Wildcats defeated Topeka RoadRunners, 3-games-to-1
  • 2017
Did not qualify
  • 2018
Did not qualify
  • 2019
Did not qualify
  • 2020
Playoffs cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Players[edit | edit source]

Team captains[edit | edit source]

  • Eric Trax: 2003-2004 Lone Star Cavalry
  • Andrew Johnson: 2004-2005 Santa Fe RoadRunners
  • Brandon Vossberg: 2005-2006 Santa Fe RoadRunners
  • John Stoddard: 2006-2007 Santa Fe RoadRunners, 2007–2008 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Matt Hartmann: 2008-2009 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Kurtis Anton: 2009-2010 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Michael Hill/Jordan Davis: 2010-2011 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Chris Bond: 2011-2012 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Drew Kariofiles: 2012-2013 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Jared Tafoya: 2013-2014 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Mike Gornall: 2014-2015 Topeka RoadRunners
  • Cam Strong / Dominic Lutz: 2015-16 Topeka RoadRunners

Honored members[edit | edit source]

Retired numbers: The Topeka RoadRunners have officially retired two numbers in their franchise history, the 11 of forward and team captain John Stoddard, and the 21 of Peter Halash.

On January 6, 2014, Topeka Roadrunner Peter Halash died in a car wreck. The Roadrunners team had a jersey retirement ceremony before a game against the Springfield Jr. Blues on March 23, 2014 where all of his family and friends came to remember the life of Peter Halash.

Alumni[edit | edit source]

The RoadRunners have had a number of alumni move on to NCAA Division I, NCAA Division III, ACHA Division I and II, higher levels of junior ice hockey, and professional ice hockey, including:

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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