Colorado's old pro hockey team started in 1974 as the Kansas City Scouts
, an expansion team. After two challenging seasons in the Midwest, the team moved to Denver. Denver was originally supposed to get a major league franchise via the promotion of the Western Hockey League (WHL) Denver Spurs.
However, that plan was scuttled by the top league, and the Spurs joined the World Hockey Association
(WHA) instead, which is not what Denver hockey fans had in mind. The team spent six unremarkable years in Denver before moving to New Jersey in 1982.