The Missouri Mavericks, winners of 13 consecutive games, will drop the puck on a celebration of 50 seasons of hockey history in the Kansas City area on Saturday night at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
The Mavericks will wear special throwback jerseys modeled after the 1934 Kansas City Greyhounds’ hockey sweaters when they play host to Wichita in a 7:05 p.m. game.
The historical celebration will culminate later in the season with an unveiling of a hockey history wall in the Mavericks’ home arena that features jerseys, memorabilia, photographs and news articles focusing on the Kansas City area’s 13 hockey franchises, dating back to 1927.
“Tonight is kind of the first kickoff for the wall,” said Madeleine Stroth, director of communications for the Mavericks. “We’re creating awareness for and honoring hockey history in Kansas City.”
Mavericks owner Lamar Hunt Jr. has taken an active role in gathering historical items for the wall.
“I got interested in when hockey had been played in Kansas City before, where it happened, what teams played,” Hunt Jr. said. “I thought it would be a nice thing for hockey fans who come to the arena if we had a retrospective or history of hockey in Kansas City. As I researched it, I found Kansas City has a pretty extensive history and found this is the 50th season.”
Hunt Jr. said the specific date the hockey history wall will be unveiled to the public is still pending, but it will most likely be during a Mavericks homestand in late January.
According to Hunt Jr’s research, the Kansas City hockey teams that make up the 50 seasons timeline are the Pla-mors (1927-33), the Greyhounds (1933-40), the Americans (1940-42), a second stint by the Pla-mors (1945-49), the Mohawks (1949-50), the Royals (1950-51), the Blues (1967-72), the Scouts (1974-76), the Blues (1976-77), the Red Wings (1977-79), the Blades (1990-2001), the Outlaws (2004-05) and the Mavericks (2009-present).
“I think there’s always been a loyal hockey fan base in Kansas City that appreciates the game,” said Justin Scholtes, play-by-play voice of the 2004-05 Kansas City Outlaws and former announcer for the Mavericks. “That base has grown over the years.”
The Kansas City Greyhounds won an American Hockey Association championship during the 1933-34 season.
“Tonight is kind of our tip of the hat to them,” Hunt Jr. said.
Following Saturday night’s game, the throwback jerseys will be auctioned off and proceeds will benefit the Community Services League.