Colorado Rockies Hockey

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