Hall of Fame
We are proud to announce that the 2015 Inductee for the KCBTS Hall of Fame is Jeff Madill. You can now vote in the poll for 2016. 2015 Inductee
2015 Inductee Jeff Madill
2012 Inductee Jeff Odgers
2011 Inductee Patrick Lalime
2010 Inductee Mikhail Kravets
2009 Inductee Arturs Irbe
2008 Inductee J.F. Quintin
2007 Inductee Wade Flaherty
2006 Inductee Pat Ferschweiler
2005 Inductee Claudio Scremin
Jeff Madill was a Kansas City Blade for portions of three seasons. He was part of the Blades 1991-92 Turner Cup Championship team. He was an IHL All Star for the 1991-92 campaign. He has won three Turner Cup championships, the others being with the Atlanta Knights (93-94) and the Denver Grizzlies (94-95). He has the distinction of having also played for another Kansas City pro team when he appeared in one game for the UHL's Kansas City Outlaws during the 2004-05 season. Madill saw action in 19 games for the New Jersey Devils of the NHL. He played for Utica in the American Hockey League for three seasons, and saw IHL action in Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, and Phoenix.
Jeff Odgers was a Kansas City Blade for two seasons. He was part of the Blades inaugural team, as well as a member of the 1991-92 Turner Cup Championship team. He was awarded with the Player's Player Award, that would later become known as the Mike Colman Player's Player Award. He played one season for Providence in the American Hockey League. He played a total of 12 seasons in the National hockey League with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Atlanta Thrashers.
Patrick Lalime was a Kansas City Blade for only one season, 1998-99, but as the top goaltender for the team he was chosen as the team's MVP for the season. He played in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, and Buffalo Sabres. As well as the Blades, he played for the Grand Rapids Griffins and Cleveland Lumberjacks in the International Hockey League. He played for the Peoria Rivermen, Norfolk Admirals, and Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League. Lalime started his professional career with the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League during the 1994-95 season.
Mikhail Kravets was a member of the 1992 Turner Cup championship Blades. He was awarded the 1991-92 and 1992-93 Blades Most Popular Player and Mike Colman's Player's Player awards. He was an IHL All Star for the 1992-93 season. He played two National Hockey League games with the San Jose Sharks, and had stops in Detroit (IHL), Minnesota (IHL), Syracuse (AHL), Wichita (CHL), Milwaukee (IHL), Louisville (ECHL), Baton Rouge (ECHL), New Orleans (ECHL), Arkansas (ECHL), and St. Petersburg (Russia).
Arturs Irbe was a member of the 1992 Turner Cup championship Blades. He was awarded the 1991-92 James Norris Trophy. He was named Blades Rookie of the Year that season. He was an IHL All Star for the 1991-92 season, he was also named to the IHL All Star First Team. He also the James Norris Trophy with teammate Wade Flaherty. He played in the National Hockey League, International Hockey League, American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, and Europe. He was with the Blades from 1991 to 1993, and made a brief return to the team during the 1995-96 season.
J.F. Quintin was a member of the 1992 Turner Cup championship Blades. He won the Blades community service award for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. Quintin played much of his career in the International Hockey League with Kansas City and Kalamazoo. He saw action in 22 National Hockey League contests. He also played five seasons overseas.
Wade Flaherty was a member of the 1992 Turner Cup championship Blades. He was named Mike Colman's Player's Player for the 1993-1994 season. He was chosen as team MVP twice. He was an IHL All Star twice. He was chosen as the Bades Most Popular Player for the 1993-1994 season. He was awarded the community service award for the 1991-1992 season, the same season he shared the Norris Trophy with Irbe. He was named to the IHL 2nd Team All Star team twice and was named Rookie of the Year for 1990-1991. Flaherty played in the East Coast Hockey League, American Hockey League, International Hockey League, and National Hockey League.
Paul MacLean brought back to back 40-plus win and 90-plus point seasons to the Blades. He coached the Peoria Rivermen from 1993-1996. He was the most successful IHL coach then, posting a 141-81-22 record. For the 1993-1994 season, MacLean was chosen as The Hockey News Minor Professional Coach of the Year. MacLean played in the National Hockey League for the Winnipeg Jets, Detroit Red Wings, and St. Louis Blues.
Pat Ferschweiler was was a member of the 1995 Eastern Conference champion Blades team. Ferschweiler was named Most Popular Player for the 1997-1998 season. He was named Mike Colman's Player's Player four times (1996-1997 to 1999-2000 seasons). Ferschweiler played the majority of his career with the Blades. He played in the East Coast Hockey League for two seasons. He had stints with the San Francisco Spiders and Minnesota Moose in the International Hockey League. He also played overseas.
Jim Wiley was with the Blades for four seasons and some change. He served as Kevin Constantine's assistant for two seasons, then was promoted to head coach. Wiley played professionally for the CHL's Tulsa Oilers, the AHL champion Hershey Bears, the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks. Wiley was a collegiate champion with Lake Superior State University in 1972. Wiley also coached the Tulsa Oilers. He served as the General Manager for the USHL's Des Moines Buccaneers. During his time as head coach, Wiley guided the Blades to the 1995 Turner Cup finals, claiming the Eastern Conference championship, but falling to the eventual victor-the Denver Grizzlies.
Claudio Scremin was the Blades all-time leader in games played with a total of 550. He was a member of both the 1992 Turner Cup Champion and 1995 Eastern Conference champion Blades teams. Scremin shared Rookie of the Year honors with Wade Flaherty during the 1990-91 season. In 1995-96, he shared the Mike Colman Player's Player award with Sergei Bautin. Scremin was also one of the players honored as a member of the tenth anniversary team. Scremin played the majority of his career with the Blades. He played in the National Hockey League with the San Jose Sharks for 13 games. He also played overseas with stops in Italy, Germany, and England.
Russ Parker was responsible for resurrecting professional hockey in Kansas City. The sport, in it's professional form, had been absent from the city for eleven years. Russ Parker, and his wife Diane, owned the Blades from day 1 until they sold the team to Dan and Pam DeVos on March 12, 1996.
Mike Colman played all his career with the Blades. In those four seasons, he was respected by his teammates and admired by fans. After his death, the team re-named the Players' Player Award the Mike Colman Players' Player Award, because it embodied everything Mike stood for-Hard Work. Colman did get the opportunity to play in 15 games for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. He was also named to the Blades Tenth Anniversary team, showing he had left his mark on professional hockey in Kansas City.
Kevin Constantine was coach of the Blades for two seasons, which got him a spot on the team's Tenth Anniversary team. He was the most successful Blades coach, bringing KC a Turner Cup in 1992 and a Western Conference championship the next season. After a great turn around with KC, San Jose rewarded him with the head coach's position of the Sharks in the National Hockey League. Constantine has coached the San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New Jersey Devils.
Dody Wood played for eight seasons with the Blades. In that time, he became one of the most popular Blades, as well as a pretty popular sports figure in KC. Wood gave of his time, winning the team's community service award. Wood will always be remembered for his tough play and great talent of fighting. He also became a goal scorer along the way. He had a break out post-season during the 1994-95 playoffs, racking up 7 goals and 10 assists. Wood scored his first professional hat trick in the deciding game of the first round of the playoffs against Detroit. Those goals led the Blades to a 4-3 win over the Vipers, and prepetuated a miracle playoff run. Wood went on to play portions of three seasons for the San Jose Sharks. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils and played with their AHL affiliate, Albany River Rats. After finishing the season in Albany, Blades fans got what they had been asking for, the return of Dody Wood. Wood came back for the next three seasons. He became assistant captain, changed his number from 16 to 13, and brought excitement back.
Bob Kaser was the original radio voice of the Blades. He was the radio play-by-play man for ten years. He also served as director of communications and broadcasting. He won the Bob Chase Broadcaster of the Year for the 1993-94 and 1997-98 seasons. Kaser was also honored as the Public Relations Director of the Year for the 1994-95 season. Prior to working for the Blades, Kaser worked for the International Hockey League Flint Generals and Saginaw Gears, the Eastern League Erie Blades, and the Western Hockey League Seattle Thunderbirds. Kaser left the Blades after the 1999-2000 season to take a job with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Kaser will always be remembered in Kansas City for his famous goal call. "He scooooores!"
Gary Emmons played for the Blades for six years, serving as the team's captain through all those seasons. He was the captain in both trips to the Turner Cup Finals, leading the team to the Championship title in 1992. Emmons chose to retire after the 1996-97 season. He took the newly created position of director of player personnel and development with the Blades, which involved a lot of travel as a scout. The next season, upon the departure of Lucien DeBlois, Emmons accepted the position of assistant coach. Emmons held that position for two years. On Feburary 21, 1998, Emmons was the only Blades player to have his number official retired by the team. As a Blade, Emmons was a two time MVP and two time IHL All-Star (1991-92 and 1995-96). Emmons realized his dream of playing in the National Hockey League when the San Jose Sharks called him up on October 19, 1993. He played in three games for the Sharks, recording his first and only NHL goal on October 24, 1993 in Vancouver against the Canucks. Emmons was also inducted into the Hall of Fame of his alma mater Northern Michigan University.
Doug Soetaert was the one constant in the Blades eleven year history. He served as head coach, director of hockey operations, General Manager, and Vice President, as well as a brief stint as associate coach during the 1995-96 season. Soetaert was responsible for the Blades affiliations with the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks, as well as many other fruitful affiliations to groom players for the International Hockey League. As coach of the Blades for the 1990-91 season, Soetaert's record was 25-53-4, earning 54 points. The Blades didn't qualify for the playoffs that year. They would go on to qualify for the playoffs in 7 of their 11 seasons. In his 11 years, the team had a 376-288-72 record, giving Soetaert a .559 winning percentage.
Last updated October 13, 2015