Timeline

Date Event
March 15, 1990 Kansas City Council approves contract with Calgary businessman Russ Parker to bring professional hockey back to town.
April 26, 1990 Blades chosen as the nickname for the new team.
July 5, 1990Former NHL goaltender Doug Soetaert is hired as head coach and directory of hockey operations.
August 3, 1990Rick Barkovich is the first player signed.
September 21, 1990The first training camp opens at Bode Ice Arena in St. Joseph, Mo.
October 5, 1990Blades play their first IHL game versus the Phoenix Roadrunners.
October 24, 1990Blades win their first IHL game versus the Salt Lake Golden Eagles.
March 30, 1991Blades announce an affiliation with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL.
April 3, 1991Doug Soetaert is named General Manager.
July 11, 1991Kevin Constantine is named head coach.
October 26, 1991Blades win tenth consecutive game to start the season, establishing a record.
February 19, 1992Blades clinch their first playoff spot.
March 26, 1992Blades win the IHL Western Conference Regular Season Championship.
April 3, 1992Blades awarded Huber Trophy as regular season champions.
April 10, 1992Blades win first playoff game versus the Salt Lake Golden Eagles (5-3 BLADES WIN).
April 18, 1992 Blades win first playoff series, against the Salt Lake Golden Eagles (4-1).
May 12, 1992Blades win Turner Cup.
March 31, 1993Blades earn a second consecutive playoff berth.
April 9, 1993Blades win record 11 straight games.
April 13, 1993Blades finish regular season 12-0-1 in the final 13 games.
May 10, 1993Blades are eliminated from playoffs in Western Conference Finals by San Diego Gulls (4-2).
June 16, 1993Kevin Constantine is named head coach of the San Jose Sharks.
August 19, 1993Jim Wiley is named head coach of the Blades.
April 5, 1994Blades defenseman Mike Colman is killed in a car accident.
April 12, 1994Blades are eliminated from playoff contention despite a 40 win, 90 point season.
January 11, 1995Blades postpone a game due to fog. Milwaukee Admirals couldn't fly into Kansas City in time for the game.
April 5, 1995Blades clinch a playoff berth.
April 25, 1995Dody Wood's hat trick against Detroit Vipers propels Blades to 4-3 win and 3-2 series win to move to second round of playoffs.
April 30, 1995Blades defeat Peoria Rivermen, 1-0, in double overtime in Peoria, Illinois. It's the longest 1-0 playoff game in IHL history.
May 7, 1995Blades eliminate Peoria Rivermen 4-1, the largest playoff upset in IHL history.
May 24, 1995Blades eliminate Kalamazoo Wings to reach Turner Cup Finals.
June 2, 1995Denver Grizzlies win Turner Cup, 4 games to none in KC, against Blades.
October 2, 1995Blades defenseman Claudio Scremin and wife Jennifer welcome Matthew Lawrence Scremin into the world.
October 10, 1995Blades head coach Jim Wiley and assistant coach Mark Kaufman promoted to San Jose Sharks. Sharks assign Vasily Tikhonov (head coach) and Drew Remenda (assistant) as new Blades coaches.
December 2, 1995KC fans are treated to an appearance by NHL standout and all-star goalie Curtis Joseph. Joseph was playing for Las Vegas Thunder waiting for St. Louis Blues to trade him. He got a 3-2 win and was named first star.
December 21, 1995Pat Ferschweiler traded to San Francisco Spiders for Jeff Madill.
January 4, 1996NHL all-star goalie Arturs Irbe sent down to KC on conditioning assignment by San Jose Sharks.
January 5, 1996Blades defenseman Ken Hammond retires.
February 26, 1996Drew Remenda is fired as assistant coach. GM Doug Soetaert assumes the position of associate coach.
March 12, 1996Daniel G. and Pamella G. DeVos buy Blades.
April 13, 1996Blades clinch a playoff berth.
April 30, 1996Blades are eliminated by Utah Grizzlies, 3 games to 2 in first round.
May 16, 1996San Jose moves their affiliation to Kentucky Thoroughblades of American Hockey League. Blades operate as an independent.
June 19, 1996Don Jackson is named head coach.
August 19, 1996Veteran defensemen Normand Rochefort and Jim Kyte sign with Blades.
August 23, 1996Blades defenseman Jeff Batters is killed in an automobile accident.
October 26, 1996Blades play first game in Canada, a 4-2 loss at Winnipeg vs. the Manitoba Moose.
April 5, 1997Blades equal longest home win streak at nine. They clinch playoff berth for third straight year.
April 13, 1997Blades forward David Bruce set a new record for most goals at 43, on his way to 45.
April 24, 1997Blades eliminated by Utah Grizzlies, 3 games to none in first round.
July 17, 1997Blades captain Gary Emmons retires. He accepts a position with team as director of player personnel.
July 21, 1997Head coach Don Jackson resigns. He accepts a position with NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
August 5, 1997Paul MacLean is named head coach.
October 3, 1997Gordie Howe plays with Detroit Vipers, playing his sixth decade of hockey. The game was 5-4 shootout win against Blades. It was Howe's 2,421st and final game.
December 16, 1997Goalie Jon Casey retires from professional hockey.
December 17, 1997Claudio Scremin plays 500th regular season game as Blade.
February 21, 1998Blades retire number 15 of Gary Emmons. Fourth largest crowd in franchise history is in attendance to see the glorious moment.
March 18, 1998Blades clinch a playoff spot for fourth consecutive season.
April 25, 1998Blades eliminate Utah Grizzlies, 3 games to one, to advance to second round.
May 13, 1998Blades are eliminated by Long Beach Ice Dogs, 4 games to 3 in second round.
July 9, 1998Blades introduce new logo and jersey at a party for season-ticket holders.
August 21, 1998Gary Emmons is named assistant coach.
October 12, 1998Former finance director Kay Caldwell is arrested for felony stealing by the KC Police Department. 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.
August 21, 1998Blades head coach Paul MacLean gets 200th win.
March 13, 1999For the first time ever, the Blades wear a jersey other than their normal road/home jerseys. They wear St. Patrick's Day green jerseys. Scratch cards were sold to win a jersey. The money went to benefit Muscual Dystrophy Association. The event raised $16,300.
April 9, 1999Blades earn fifth consecutive playoff berth.
April 25, 1999Blades are eliminated by Long Beach Ice Dogs in first round.
October 3, 1999Blades begin tenth season in the International Hockey League.
June 16, 2000Blades owner Dan DeVos announces that radio voice of Blades for last ten seasons, Bob Kaser, will be going to Grand Rapids. Kaser accepted position as executive director of broadcasting for DP Fox Sports and Entertainment. His duties included play-by-play for the Grand Rapids Griffins and finding his replacement, Gregg DeVitto, to become the new voice of the Blades.
June 19, 2000Blades announce affiliation with Vancouver Canucks of National Hockey League.
October 6, 2000Blades begin first season as affiliate for Canucks.
October 31, 2000Jarkko Ruutu scores first professional hat trick for Blades.
February 16, 2001Former NHL enforcer comes to KC with Grand Rapids Griffins. McSorely was suspended from NHL for a year and was hoping to lead up to a come back by playing with the Griffins.
April 15, 2001Blades get 5-4 win against Grand Rapids Griffins. Unbeknownst to most, this would be the last Blades game.
June 4, 2001International Hockey League announces it will cease operations. The Kansas City Blades fold.

Last updated August 10, 2002