Topeka Scarecrows
City: Topeka, Kansas
League: Central Hockey League
Founded: 1998
Operated: 1998–2001
Home Arena: Landon Arena
Colors: Black, Red, Yellow

The Topeka Scarecrows were a professional ice hockey team located in Topeka, Kansas, playing their home games at Landon Arena. The team was a member of the Central Hockey League from their founding in 1998 until 2001 when they were sold. The team would then become the Topeka Scarecrows of the Tier 1 Junior A United States Hockey League playing from 2001-2003.

The team was then sold and moved to Chesterfield, Missouri and became the St. Louis Heartland Eagles.


Founded: 1998-1999 season
Arena: Landon Arena (capacity 7,777)
Uniform colors: black, red, and yellow
Local Media: Topeka Capital-Journal


  • Nov. 13, 1997 CHL commits itself to the goal of having a franchise in Topeka for the 1998-1999 season.
  • Feb. 23, 1998 Shawnee County commissioners sign a contract with Flying Cross Check, L.C.C., the company that will own and operate the CHL expansion team. The five-year pact has options for two three-year extensions.
  • April 30, 1998 The Topeka ScareCrows unveil their nickname and logo.
  • June 10, 1998 Construction begins on the ice installation at La(o)ndon Arena (seating capacity 14,000).
  • July 20, 1998 Installation of La(o)ndon Arena ice equipment is finished.
  • Aug. 6, 1998 The Topeka ScareCrows pick their first 10 players in the Central Hockey League expansion draft, then execute the franchise's first trade to secure the rights to left wing Doug Lawrence, a six-year veteran who, should he sign, would come to Topeka from the Tulsa Oilers.
  • September 1, 1998 Haywire, the mascot for the Topeka Scarecrows is born.
  • Oct. 16, 1998 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows play their first game ever in a sold out Landon Arena (capacity 7,777), a 7-3 loss to the Wichita Thunder.
  • November 6, 1998 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows win their first game, a 4-3 triumph over the San Antonio Iguanas at La(o)ndon Arena.
  • November 20, 1998 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows earn their first shootout win,4-3, in a game against the Wichita Thunder in the Wichita ThunderDome/ now Ice Center (seating capacity 15,000).
  • December 20, 1998 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows beat the San Antonio Iguanas 5-4 to end an eight-game losing streak.
  • January 19, 1999 Brett Seguin is the first Topeka Scarecrow to play in CHL All-Star game.
  • February 3, 1999 Rod Branch records the first shutout in CHL Topeka Scarecrows history.
  • March 18, 1999 Brett Seguin records the first hat trick in CHL Topeka Scarecrows history, against the Wichita Thunder in a 4-0 win.
  • April 10, 1999 The Topeka ScareCrows end their season after losing in the first round of their first-ever Central Hockey League playoff appearance after three one-sided games against the Oklahoma City Blazers. Before going three-and-out in the playoffs, the ScareCrows finished the last half of the season with a winning record. Topeka was 18-16-1 from January through the end of the regular season after posting a 10-22-3 mark from October through December. They finished with a 28-38-4 record and averaged 4,793 fans a game.
  • Oct. 15, 1999 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows begin their second season in a 3-1 loss against the San Antonio Iguanas, in front of a La(o)ndon Arena crowd of 7,156.
  • January 25, 2000 Brett Seguin, John Vary and Bill Monkman are selected to play in the CHL all-star game.
  • April 2, 2000 The CHL Topeka ScareCrows' second Central Hockey League season ends with a 35-27-8 record, with eight shootout losses, just 3 points short of making the playoffs. They finished third in attendance, averaging 4,991 fans a game.
  • May 3, 2000 Topeka ScareCrows general manager Chris Presson accepts position as general manager of the United Hockey League expansion club in New Haven (the New Haven Hurricanes). He is replaced by ScareCrows former assistant general manager Doug Miller.
  • Oct. 13, 2000 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows begin their third and final season at home against the Wichita Thunder 3-2 in a shootout at Landon Arena in front of 4,789 fans.
  • Feb 20, 2001 The CHL's decides to terminate the Topeka Scarecrows season with 21 games remaining—10 of which were scheduled for Landon Arena. Saying that the ScareCrows and the Border City Bandits, of Texarkana, Texas, "breached multiple financial obligations under their sanction agreements with the CHL," the Indianapolis-based league terminated the participation of both franchises for the remainder of the 2001 season.
  • Feb. 22, 2001 The Topeka ScareCrows returned to the ice in Tulsa, Okla., ending a 13-day layoff that included three days in limbo following their suspension Tuesday from the Central Hockey League, with the help of a temporary restraining order issued in Shawnee County District Court on February 16, 2001 that blocked the league from ending the ScareCrows' season.
  • March 8, 2001 U.S. District Judge Sam Crow filed an 18-page ruling in which he denies the Central Hockey League's request to lift a temporary restraining order keeping the ScareCrows on the ice.
  • March 29, 2001 The ScareCrows' end their third and final home season at La(o)ndon Arena with a 4-1 loss to the Wichita Thunder.
  • April 10, 2001 The CHL ScareCrows end the franchise's three-year history as a minor-league professional program by ending their best-of-five Central Hockey League playoff series in a 5-3 loss to San Antonio in front of 2,121 fans. The Iguanas' victory, which the visitors claimed with a three-goal third period that wiped out a 3-2 deficit, gave San Antonio a 3-1 series victory and advanced the Texans to the Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1998-99 70 28 38 4 60 189 251 1584 4th, Western Lost in Round 1
1999-00 70 35 27 8 78 245 243 1533 5th, Western Out of Playoffs
2000–01 69 38 23 8 84 256 245 1533 3rd, West Lost in Round 1

All-Time RosterEdit

# Player Name Pos Seasons Yrs Games Played Birthplace Birthdate
2Alex MotleyC1998–1999125Pleasanton, CA1/10/1974
2Alex MukhanovD1999–2000116Moscow, Russia5/17/1976
Andre QuesnelR1999–2000117Ottawa, ONT1/26/1977
Andy AdamsG1998–199912Thornhill, ONT2/10/1976
6Anthony ZurfluhD2000–2001114Soldotna, AK1/24/1977
10Bill MonkmanR1999–20001151Tara, ONT5/16/1975
16Blair ManningC1999–20012124Vancouver, BC5/27/1975
Blake SheaneR2000–200118Virden, MAN5/5/1977
44Bob BergL2000–2001198Beamsville, ONT7/2/1970
Bob PardyD1998–199916St. John\'s, NF7/28/1974
Brad KlynD1998–199914Surrey, BC
40Brett SeguinC1998–2000282St. Mary\'s, ONT2/20/1972
44Chad AntonishynD1998–1999189Regina, SASK5/25/1974
Chris BelangerD1998–1999127Welland, ONT4/4/1972
33Chris BowenL1998–1999196Barrie, ONT3/7/1976
9Chris BurkeL2000–200110Winona, MN9/8/1976
23Chris FelixD2000–20011100Bramalea, ONT5/27/1964
Chris KingG1998–199910Braintree, MA7/2/1974
21Chris MailletD2000–2001189Moncton, NB1/28/1976
29Dale LafranceR1999–200017Sudbury, ONT
Dave GregoryD1998–1999139Woodstock, ONT5/1/1967
22David \"Duke\" BouskillL1999–2001288Glen Williams, ONT11/9/1976
6Gary CoupalR1999–2000160Sudbury, ONT9/16/1974
12 & 14Grady MansonC1999–2000131Brandon, MAN5/26/1975
29Jan MelicharD1998–2000228Trebic, Czech2/24/1978
32Jason GirodatF1999–200010Shaunavon, SASK
14Jason LafreniereC1999–200012St. Catharines, ONT12/6/1966
27Jay HernL2000–20011151Medicine Hat, ALTA12/6/1976
11Jeff GoldieL2000–2001143Owen Sound, ONT5/27/1974
27Joe CoombsL1998–20002116Brantford, ONT6/1/1975
16Joey BeaudryR1998–20002155Prince Albert, SASK6/8/1976
32John GibsonD1999–2000113Kingston, ONT9/30/1970
17John McCabeW2000–20011148Sudbury, ONT5/30/1974
4John VaryD1999–20012154Owen Sound, ONT2/11/1972
19Jordan ShieldsL1998–1999116Gloucester, ONT4/27/1972
Ken EddyD1998–199910Rochester, MN4/8/1969
Kevin FrickeD1999–2000110Edina, MN4/18/1974
Kevin LuneD1998–1999175Brantford, ONT6/8/1971
19Kirk LLanoD1999–2000183Calgary, ALTA1/10/1973
7Kyle HavilandD1998–20002182Windsor, ONT8/10/1971
Lannie McCabeD2000–20011118Sudbury, ONT7/13/1977
33Luciano CaravaggioG2000–2001117Toronto, ONT10/3/1975
Marco EmondG1998–199910Valleyfield, PQ11/20/1977
Marcus NilssonR1998–199912
10Mark EdmundsonC2000–2001165London, ONT3/11/1975
39Michal PodolkaG1998–200024Most, Czech Rep.8/11/1977
33Mike DegurseL1999–2000115Amajinnang, ONT10/4/1974
44Mike HiebertD1999–2000193Winnipeg, MAN4/16/1975
Mike MigenD1998–199910
28Mike RuskD1998–20002127Milton, ONT4/26/1975
Mike Tilson‡D1998–19991Pickering, ONT6/28/1978
9Oleg TsirkounovF1998–20002131Kiev, Ukraine3/15/1977
Paul GodfreyR1998–199916Sault Ste. Marie, ONT10/30/1976
61Paul StrandL2000–20011170Sudbury, ONT12/1/1971
20Peter BrearleyR2000–2001140Chatham, ONT6/27/1975
14Randy BestD1999–2000112Woodsbury, MN3/5/1974
23Rod BranchG1998–2000228Fort St. John, BC4/14/1975
4Roy GrayD1998–199914Toronto, ONT4/22/1976
7Ryan HartungD2000–2001140St. Paul, MN5/26/1977
21Ryan McCormackR2000–200112Thunder Bay, ONT3/4/1978
Ryan PhillipsL1998–1999140North Vancouver, BC7/8/1975
33Scot BellR1999–200018Ottawa, ONT4/18/1972
Scott DicksonC1998–1999148Brandon, MAN12/5/1976
31Scott HayG2000–2001133Scarborough, ONT4/3/1975
11 & 63Sergei DeschevyD1999–20012302Kiev, Ukraine6/25/1977
47Sergei OlympievL1998–2000259Lipetski, Russia1/12/1975
12Shawn GervaisR2000–20011103St. Albert, ALTA7/12/1976
26Shawn RandallR1998–19991136Montrose, MI11/13/1972
77Stephane DesjardinsD1998–19991123Anjou, PQ6/23/1972
Steve AdamsD1998–1999110Edmonton, ALTA4/11/1975
Steve MooreC1999–2000199Gardiner, ME6/21/1971
Sylvain ThibeaultD1999–2000110St. Jerome, PQ10/30/1970
24Tom GomesR1999–2000186Harrow, ONT4/29/1972
Tom StewartR1998–1999150Brantford, ONT5/19/1975
Travis RigginF1998–1999117Kincardine, ONT4/26/1977
Travis SindenG1998–199910Phoenix, AZ3/31/1976
21Trevor HanasR1998–20002167Regina, SASK1/20/1975
10Troy FrederickL1998–1999187Virden, MAN4/4/1969
9Virgil RutiliD1998–199910Addison, IL2/17/1973
17Yuri MoscevskyW1999–200017Milwaukee, WI10/20/1978
8 & 25Zbynek NeckarD1998–2000210Pisek, Czech9/22/1978

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