…Courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent!
…But I’m not talking about that kind of scout today… Not the Boy Scouts, although I was one for a number of years. Nope, I’m sharing a number of cards from the Kansas City Scouts, a former NHL team that currently exists as the New Jersey Devils… but you knew that from reading my “Forgotten Franchises” posts about the Scouts and the NHL’s Colorado Rockies, right?
We’ll start off with coach Bep Guidolin. Bep needs an exclamation point like Jeb Bush had.
…And check out that jacket! The 1970’s in action, ladies and gentlemen!
In 1942, Bep! became the youngest player in NHL history, making his debut a month shy of his 17th birthday. Bep! played for the Bruins, Red Wings and Black Hawks, and would coach the Bruins and Scouts. Bep! would only make it partway through his second season with the Scouts before losing his job. Without knowing much about the situation, I find it hard to believe that Bep! was at fault… In the mid-1970’s there were over 30 teams between the NHL and WHA, and there wasn’t the European presence we have now. As a result, talent was spread thin. The Kansas City Scouts were a really bad team.
Here’s Dave Hudson skating against the Capitals. As bad as the Scouts were, they weren’t as historically bad as the Caps. Yay, Scouts.
Hudson, as I’ve mentioned in this blog before, was acquired in two different NHL expansion drafts. The Islanders drafted him from Chicago, and the Scouts drafted him from the Islanders. 40+ years later, you can almost hear Dave Hudson crying “Aw, crap, not again…”
Ed Gilbert played for the Scouts, Penguins and the WHA’s Cincinnati Stingers.
I kinda like the Scouts’ uniforms from a distance, but up close there’s a bit much going on.
Jim McElmury was a rarity in the 1970’s NHL: He’s American. McElmury was born in Minnesota, played college hockey at Bemidji State, and was a member of the 1972 Silver-medal U.S. Olympic hockey team.
And finally… I don’t want to completely mislead you with the Boy Scout references. Here’s a crooked scan of the back of my BSA membership card from 1976.