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Encyclopedia > Colorado Rockies (NHL)
Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
Founded 1976
History Kansas City Scouts
1974 - 1976
Colorado Rockies
1976 - 1982
New Jersey Devils
1982 - present
Home Arena McNichols Sports Arena
City Denver, Colorado
Colors Blue, red, white and yellow

The Colorado Rockies was a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) that played in Denver, Colorado from 1976 to 1982. They were a continuation of the Kansas City Scouts, a 1974 expansion team. The franchise moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1982 and was renamed the New Jersey Devils. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The 1976-77 NHL season was the 60th season of the National Hockey League. ... The Kansas City Scouts was an ice hockey franchise that played in the National Hockey League from 1974-1976 out of Kansas City, Missouri. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... McNichols Sports Arena (AKA Big Mac) was an indoor arena in Denver, Colorado, USA, adjacent to Mile High Stadium. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The Kansas City Scouts was an ice hockey franchise that played in the National Hockey League from 1974-1976 out of Kansas City, Missouri. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Map highlighting East Rutherfords location within Bergen County. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ...

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Franchise history

Denver and Seattle were to have been awarded franchises in an aborted 1976 NHL expansion. Denver was considered a good market for hockey, and the troubled California Golden Seals were reported on several occasions to be considering relocating there before moving to Cleveland as the Barons. Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... The California Golden Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1967-76. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Oakland Seals were a team in the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


However, it was the financially troubled Kansas City Scouts that moved to Denver for the 1976-77 NHL season, changing their name to the Rockies. The Scouts sold only 2,000 season tickets for their second season, and was nearly $1 million in debt. The Kansas City Scouts was an ice hockey franchise that played in the National Hockey League from 1974-1976 out of Kansas City, Missouri. ... The 1976-77 NHL season was the 60th season of the National Hockey League. ...


Unfortunately, the situation did not improve significantly. They made the playoffs only once, in the 1977-78 NHL season. Even then, they finished with the fourth-worst record in the league, 21 games under .500. They went down rather meekly in the playoffs, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in a two-game sweep. A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1977-78 NHL season was the 61st season of the National Hockey League. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


One of the few bright spots in the franchise's history was during the 1979-80 NHL season when flamboyant Don Cherry served as head coach, a former Jack Adams Award winner who was recently been fired by the Boston Bruins. Under Cherry, the Rockies adopted the motto "Come to the fights and watch a Rockies game break out!" This could be seen on billboards all over Denver in the 1979-80 season; this immediately rejuvenated the ailing club and some suggested that Cherry would have enabled the team to stay. However, as he later admitted, his outspokenness and feuding with Rockies general manager Ray Miron did not endear Cherry to management. While Cherry did much to motivate the players, goaltending was still the team's weakness as Miron refused to replace Hardy Astrom, whom Cherry dubbed the "The Swedish Sieve". Cherry recalled one game where his players had got ten shots on goal without scoring, but Aston then conceded a goal from the opponent's first shot and so was yanked from net. The Rockies finished with 51-points but it was already apparent that management would scapegoat Cherry for not making the playoffs. As a silver lining, in their final game which was held at home, Cherry's team defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-0. As it was already known that Cherry would not be back next season, he wore a cowboy hat and cowboy boots for what would be his last NHL game coached and after the final buzzer sounded, his players formed two lines for him to walk between while he acknowledged the cheers of the crowd. The 1979-80 NHL season was the 63rd season of the National Hockey League. ... Donald Stewart Grapes Cherry, (born February 5, 1934 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) is a hockey commentator for CBC Television. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... The Jack Adams Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League coach judged to have contributed most to the teams success. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Hardy Åström (born March 29, 1951 in Skelleftea, Sweden) is a retired Swedish professional hockey goaltender who played 3 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers and Colorado Rockies. ...


The Rockies did have some outstanding players for a short time. Barry Beck set a record in his rookie year for goals by a rookie defenseman, and Lanny McDonald was traded to the Rockies by Toronto. But the team always had a lack of depth and traded such quality for quantity. Barry Beck (born June 3, 1957 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was drafted second overall in both the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft and the 1977 WHA Amateur Draft from the New Westminster Bruins. ... Mcdonald after Calgarys 1989 Stanley Cup win Lanny King McDonald (born February 16, 1953 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada), was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ...


Although attendance in Denver was not bad, the team's financial situation was very unstable. Ownership changed hands twice in four years. Finally, in 1982, New Jersey shipping tycoon John McMullen bought the team. He announced that he had "big plans" for the franchise--but they involved playing in the then-new Brendan Byrne Arena (now the Continental Airlines Arena) in the New Jersey Meadowlands. The Rockies had actually petitioned to move to New Jersey in 1978, but the NHL vetoed the move because the Byrne Arena was still under construction, and there was no suitable temporary facility in New Jersey at the time. The team was relocated for the 1982-83 NHL season and renamed the New Jersey Devils. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... Dr. John J. McMullen, Ph. ... Continental Airlines Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... New Jersey Meadowlands from Route 7 This article is about the wetlands. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1982-83 NHL season was the 66th season of the National Hockey League. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ...


The last active NHL player who had played for the Rockies was Joe Cirella, who left the NHL in 1996, the year that the new NHL team in Colorado (the Colorado Avalanche) won their first Stanley Cup Championship, after playing 23 seasons as the Quebec Nordiques. Two other former Rockies, Paul Gagne and Rick Chernomaz, played until 1999 in the Swiss and German leagues, respectively. Joe Cirella (born May 9, 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played 828 NHL games after being taken fifth overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado, United States. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Quebec Nordiques (in french Nordiques de Québec, pronounced ; translated into English as Northmen or Northerners) were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. ... Paul Gagne (born February 6, 1962 in Iroquois Falls, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 390 games in the National Hockey League. ...


In a twist of irony, the Colorado Avalanche and the New Jersey Devils met each other in the 2001 Stanley Cup finals, with the Avalanche winning the series and the championship in seven games; the deciding game was in Denver.


Perhaps the Rockies' most lasting contribution to the sports world is the use of Rock and Roll, Pt. 2 (AKA "the Hey Song") as a sports celebration. It was first played in a sport setting at Rockies games in the late 1970s,[1] and was later played in most North American sports venues to celebrate home team scores for the better part of 25 years. Rock and Roll, also known as The Hey Song, is a song performed by British glam rocker Gary Glitter that was released in 1972 as a single and on the album Glitter. ...


The NHL Colorado Rockies should not be confused with the MLB team of the same name that began playing in the National League in 1993. Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Team captains

Simon Laurent Nolet was a National Hockey League player and former captain of the Kansas City Scouts from 1974 to 1976. ... Wilf Paiement was born on the 16th of October, 1955, in Earlton, Ontario, Canada and was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974 to 1988. ... Gary Croteau (born June 2, 1946 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward. ... Mike Christie (born December 20, 1949 in Big Spring, Texas) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played 412 games in the National Hockey League. ... Rene Robert (born 31 December 1948 in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played 12 seasons in the NHL between 1970 and 1982. ... Mcdonald after Calgarys 1989 Stanley Cup win Lanny King McDonald (born February 16, 1953 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada), was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Robert Rob Ramage was born on January 11, 1959 in Byron, Ontario, Canada and was a professional ice hockey player from 1979 to 1994. ...

First round draft picks

Note: This list does not include selections as the Kansas City Scouts. The Kansas City Scouts was an ice hockey franchise that played in the National Hockey League from 1974-1976 out of Kansas City, Missouri. ...

The 1976 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the NHL office in Montreal, Quebec. ... Paul Malone Gardner (born March 5, 1956 in Fort Erie, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player. ... The 1977 NHL Amateur Draft was held at the Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. ... Barry Beck (born June 3, 1957 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was drafted second overall in both the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft and the 1977 WHA Amateur Draft from the New Westminster Bruins. ... The 1978 NHL Amateur Draft occurred at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec on June 15, 1978. ... Mike David Gillis (born December 1, 1958 in Sudbury, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. ... The 1979 NHL Entry Draft took place on August 9, 1979 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. ... Robert Rob Ramage was born on January 11, 1959 in Byron, Ontario, Canada and was a professional ice hockey player from 1979 to 1994. ... The 1980 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum. ... Paul Gagne (born February 6, 1962 in Iroquois Falls, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 390 games in the National Hockey League. ... The 1981 NHL Entry Draft was a draft held in Montreal,Quebec. ... Joe Cirella (born May 9, 1963 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played 828 NHL games after being taken fifth overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. ...

Colorado Rockies Individual Records

Wilf Paiement was born on the 16th of October, 1955, in Earlton, Ontario, Canada and was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974 to 1988. ... Wilf Paiement was born on the 16th of October, 1955, in Earlton, Ontario, Canada and was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974 to 1988. ... Wilf Paiement was born on the 16th of October, 1955, in Earlton, Ontario, Canada and was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1974 to 1988. ... Robert Rob Ramage was born on January 11, 1959 in Byron, Ontario, Canada and was a professional ice hockey player from 1979 to 1994. ... Barry Beck (born June 3, 1957 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was drafted second overall in both the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft and the 1977 WHA Amateur Draft from the New Westminster Bruins. ... Barry Beck (born June 3, 1957 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who was drafted second overall in both the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft and the 1977 WHA Amateur Draft from the New Westminster Bruins. ... Glenn Chico Resch was born on the 10th of July, 1948 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ...

See also

Colorado Rockies This is a list of players who have played at least one game for the Colorado Rockies (1976-77 to 1981-82) of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... This is a list of head coaches that have coached the Kansas City Scouts and the Colorado Rockies of the NHL. This list does not include the head coaches of the New Jersey Devils. ... The Kansas City Scouts was an ice hockey franchise that played in the National Hockey League from 1974-1976 out of Kansas City, Missouri. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. ... Donald Stewart Grapes Cherry, (born February 5, 1934 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) is a hockey commentator for CBC Television. ... The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado, United States. ... National Hockey League The list of National Hockey League (NHL) players is divided into the following lists: By specific groups Current players List of every NHL player List of members of the Hockey Hall of Fame List of members of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame List of NHL... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36...

Notes

  1. ^ "Swimming Through History", Westword, 4 October 2001

is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Colorado Rockies (NHL) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (404 words)
The Colorado Rockies were an NHL team that existed from 1976-1982.
The last active player who had played for the Rockies was Joe Cirella, who left the NHL in 1996, the year that the new NHL team in Colorado (the Colorado Avalanche) won their first Stanley Cup Championship, after playing 23 seasons as the Quebec Nordiques.
The NHL Colorado Rockies should not be confused with the MLB team of the same name that began playing in the National League in 1993.
Colorado Rockies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (994 words)
The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball team based in Denver, Colorado.
The Colorado Rockies joined the National League as an expansion franchise in 1993, along with the Florida Marlins.
Since their inception, the Rockies have always tended to have a strong hitting squad and home record, which are offset by a weak bullpen and road record.
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