The Topeka Scarecrows were a professional ice hockey team located in Topeka, Kansas, playing their home games at Landon Arena. The team was a member of the Central Hockey League from their founding in 1998 until 2001 when there franchise was terminated by the league midseason.
|League||Central Hockey League|
|Home arena||Landon Arena|
|Colors||Black, red, yellow|
After the professional team folded, the ownership group would then start a new junior hockey team with the same name in the Tier I Junior A United States Hockey League playing from 2001–2003. The team was then sold and moved to St. Louis, Missouri and became the St. Louis Heartland Eagles.
- November 13, 1997 CHL commits itself to the goal of having a franchise in Topeka for the 1998–1999 season. Co-Founders Arnold Diamond and Ed Levy begin team development beginning in 1996 and making way for team and league expansion.
- February 23, 1998 Shawnee County commissioners sign a contract with Flying Cross Check, L.C.C., the company that will own and operate the CHL expansion team. The five-year pact has options for two three-year extensions.
- April 30, 1998 The Topeka ScareCrows unveil their nickname and logo.
- June 10, 1998 Construction begins on the ice installation at Landon Arena (seating capacity 14,000).
- July 20, 1998 Installation of Landon Arena ice equipment is finished.
- August 6, 1998 The Topeka ScareCrows pick their first 10 players in the Central Hockey League expansion draft, then execute the franchise's first trade to secure the rights to left wing Doug Lawrence, a six-year veteran who, should he sign, would come to Topeka from the Tulsa Oilers.
- September 1, 1998 Haywire, the mascot for the Topeka Scarecrows is born.
- October 16, 1998 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows play their first game ever in a sold out Landon Arena (capacity 7,777), a 7–3 loss to the Wichita Thunder.
- November 6, 1998 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows win their first game, a 4–3 triumph over the San Antonio Iguanas at Landon Arena.
- November 20, 1998 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows earn their first shootout win,4–3, in a game against the Wichita Thunder in the Wichita ThunderDome/ now Ice Center (seating capacity 15,000).
- December 20, 1998 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows beat the San Antonio Iguanas 5–4 to end an eight-game losing streak.
- January 19, 1999 Brett Seguin is the first Topeka Scarecrow to play in CHL All-Star game.
- February 3, 1999 Rod Branch records the first shutout in CHL Topeka Scarecrows history.
- March 18, 1999 Brett Seguin records the first hat trick in CHL Topeka Scarecrows history, against the Wichita Thunder in a 4–0 win.
- April 10, 1999 The Topeka ScareCrows end their season after losing in the first round of their first-ever Central Hockey League playoff appearance after three one-sided games against the Oklahoma City Blazers. Before going three-and-out in the playoffs, the ScareCrows finished the last half of the season with a winning record. Topeka was 18–16–1 from January through the end of the regular season after posting a 10–22–3 mark from October through December. They finished with a 28–38–4 record and averaged 4,793 fans a game.
- October 15, 1999 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows begin their second season in a 3–1 loss against the San Antonio Iguanas, in front of a La(o)ndon Arena crowd of 7,156.
- January 25, 2000 Brett Seguin, John Vary and Bill Monkman are selected to play in the CHL all-star game.
- April 2, 2000 The CHL Topeka ScareCrows' second Central Hockey League season ends with a 35–27–8 record, with eight shootout losses, just 3 points short of making the playoffs. They finished third in attendance, averaging 4,991 fans a game.
- May 3, 2000 Topeka ScareCrows general manager Chris Presson accepts position as general manager of the United Hockey League expansion club in New Haven (the New Haven Hurricanes). He is replaced by ScareCrows former assistant general manager Doug Miller.
- October 13, 2000 The CHL Topeka Scarecrows begin their third and final season at home against the Wichita Thunder 3–2 in a shootout at Landon Arena in front of 4,789 fans.
- February 20, 2001 The CHL's decides to terminate the Topeka Scarecrows season with 21 games remaining—10 of which were scheduled for Landon Arena. Saying that the ScareCrows and the Border City Bandits, of Texarkana, Texas, "breached multiple financial obligations under their sanction agreements with the CHL," the Indianapolis-based league terminated the participation of both franchises for the remainder of the 2001 season.
- February 22, 2001 The Topeka ScareCrows returned to the ice in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ending a 13-day layoff that included three days in limbo following their suspension Tuesday from the Central Hockey League, with the help of a temporary restraining order issued in Shawnee County District Court on February 16, 2001 that blocked the league from ending the ScareCrows' season.
- March 8, 2001 U.S. District Judge Sam Crow filed an 18-page ruling in which he denies the Central Hockey League's request to lift a temporary restraining order keeping the ScareCrows on the ice.
- March 29, 2001 The ScareCrows' end their third and final home season at Landon Arena with a 4–1 loss to the Wichita Thunder.
- April 10, 2001 The CHL ScareCrows end the franchise's three-year history as a minor-league professional program by ending their best-of-five Central Hockey League playoff series in a 5–3 loss to San Antonio in front of 2,121 fans. The Iguanas' victory, which the visitors claimed with a three-goal third period that wiped out a 3–2 deficit, gave San Antonio a 3–1 series victory and advanced the Texans to the Western Conference finals against Oklahoma City.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|1998–99||70||28||38||4||60||189||251||1584||4th, Western||Lost in Round 1|
|1999-00||70||35||27||8||78||245||243||1533||5th, Western||Out of Playoffs|
|2000–01||69||38||23||8||84||256||245||1533||3rd, West||Lost in Round 1|
|#||Player Name||Pos||Seasons||Yrs||Games Played||Birthplace||Birthdate|
|2||Alex Motley||C||1998–1999||1||25||Pleasanton, CA||Oct 1, 1974|
|2||Alex Mukhanov||D||1999–2000||1||16||Moscow, Russia||May 17, 1976|
|Andre Quesnel||R||1999–2000||1||17||Ottawa, ONT||January 26, 1977|
|Andy Adams||G||1998–1999||1||2||Thornhill, ONT||Oct 2, 1976|
|6||Anthony Zurfluh||D||2000–2001||1||14||Soldotna, AK||January 24, 1977|
|10||Bill Monkman||R||1999–2000||1||151||Tara, ONT||May 16, 1975|
|16||Blair Manning||C||1999–2001||2||124||Vancouver, BC||May 27, 1975|
|Blake Sheane||R||2000–2001||1||8||Virden, MAN||May 5, 1977|
|44||Bob Berg||L||2000–2001||1||98||Beamsville, ONT||Feb 7, 1970|
|Bob Pardy||D||1998–1999||1||6||St. John\'s, NF||July 28, 1974|
|Brad Klyn||D||1998–1999||1||4||Surrey, BC|
|40||Brett Seguin||C||1998–2000||2||82||St. Mary\'s, ONT||February 20, 1972|
|44||Chad Antonishyn||D||1998–1999||1||89||Regina, SASK||May 25, 1974|
|Chris Belanger||D||1998–1999||1||27||Welland, ONT||April 4, 1972|
|33||Chris Bowen||L||1998–1999||1||96||Barrie, ONT||Jul 3, 1976|
|9||Chris Burke||L||2000–2001||1||0||Winona, MN||Aug 9, 1976|
|23||Chris Felix||D||2000–2001||1||100||Bramalea, ONT||May 27, 1964|
|Chris King||G||1998–1999||1||0||Braintree, MA||Feb 7, 1974|
|21||Chris Maillet||D||2000–2001||1||89||Moncton, NB||January 28, 1976|
|29||Dale Lafrance||R||1999–2000||1||7||Sudbury, ONT|
|Dave Gregory||D||1998–1999||1||39||Woodstock, ONT||Jan 5, 1967|
|22||David \"Duke\" Bouskill||L||1999–2001||2||88||Glen Williams, ONT||Sep 11, 1976|
|6||Gary Coupal||R||1999–2000||1||60||Sudbury, ONT||September 16, 1974|
|12 & 14||Grady Manson||C||1999–2000||1||31||Brandon, MAN||May 26, 1975|
|29||Jan Melichar||D||1998–2000||2||28||Trebic, Czech||February 24, 1978|
|32||Jason Girodat||F||1999–2000||1||0||Shaunavon, SASK|
|14||Jason Lafreniere||C||1999–2000||1||2||St. Catharines, ONT||Jun 12, 1966|
|27||Jay Hern||L||2000–2001||1||151||Medicine Hat, ALTA||Jun 12, 1976|
|11||Jeff Goldie||L||2000–2001||1||43||Owen Sound, ONT||May 27, 1974|
|27||Joe Coombs||L||1998–2000||2||116||Brantford, ONT||Jan 6, 1975|
|16||Joey Beaudry||R||1998–2000||2||155||Prince Albert, SASK||Aug 6, 1976|
|32||John Gibson||D||1999–2000||1||13||Kingston, ONT||September 30, 1970|
|17||John McCabe||W||2000–2001||1||148||Sudbury, ONT||May 30, 1974|
|4||John Vary||D||1999–2001||2||154||Owen Sound, ONT||Nov 2, 1972|
|19||Jordan Shields||L||1998–1999||1||16||Gloucester, ONT||April 27, 1972|
|Ken Eddy||D||1998–1999||1||0||Rochester, MN||Aug 4, 1969|
|Kevin Fricke||D||1999–2000||1||10||Edina, MN||April 18, 1974|
|Kevin Lune||D||1998–1999||1||75||Brantford, ONT||Aug 6, 1971|
|19||Kirk LLano||D||1999–2000||1||83||Calgary, ALTA||Oct 1, 1973|
|7||Kyle Haviland||D||1998–2000||2||182||Windsor, ONT||Oct 8, 1971|
|Lannie McCabe||D||2000–2001||1||118||Sudbury, ONT||July 13, 1977|
|33||Luciano Caravaggio||G||2000–2001||1||17||Toronto, ONT||Mar 10, 1975|
|Marco Emond||G||1998–1999||1||0||Valleyfield, PQ||November 20, 1977|
|10||Mark Edmundson||C||2000–2001||1||65||London, ONT||Nov 3, 1975|
|39||Michal Podolka||G||1998–2000||2||4||Most, Czech Rep.||Nov 8, 1977|
|33||Mike Degurse||L||1999–2000||1||15||Amajinnang, ONT||Apr 10, 1974|
|44||Mike Hiebert||D||1999–2000||1||93||Winnipeg, MAN||April 16, 1975|
|28||Mike Rusk||D||1998–2000||2||127||Milton, ONT||April 26, 1975|
|Mike Tilson‡||D||1998–1999||1||Pickering, ONT||June 28, 1978|
|9||Oleg Tsirkounov||F||1998–2000||2||131||Kiev, Ukraine||March 15, 1977|
|Paul Godfrey||R||1998–1999||1||6||Sault Ste. Marie, ONT||October 30, 1976|
|61||Paul Strand||L||2000–2001||1||170||Sudbury, ONT||Jan 12, 1971|
|20||Peter Brearley||R||2000–2001||1||40||Chatham, ONT||June 27, 1975|
|14||Randy Best||D||1999–2000||1||12||Woodsbury, MN||May 3, 1974|
|23||Rod Branch||G||1998–2000||2||28||Fort St. John, BC||April 14, 1975|
|4||Roy Gray||D||1998–1999||1||4||Toronto, ONT||April 22, 1976|
|7||Ryan Hartung||D||2000–2001||1||40||St. Paul, MN||May 26, 1977|
|21||Ryan McCormack||R||2000–2001||1||2||Thunder Bay, ONT||Apr 3, 1978|
|Ryan Phillips||L||1998–1999||1||40||North Vancouver, BC||Aug 7, 1975|
|33||Scot Bell||R||1999–2000||1||8||Ottawa, ONT||April 18, 1972|
|Scott Dickson||C||1998–1999||1||48||Brandon, MAN||May 12, 1976|
|31||Scott Hay||G||2000–2001||1||33||Scarborough, ONT||Mar 4, 1975|
|11 & 63||Sergei Deschevy||D||1999–2001||2||302||Kiev, Ukraine||June 25, 1977|
|47||Sergei Olympiev||L||1998–2000||2||59||Lipetski, Russia||Dec 1, 1975|
|12||Shawn Gervais||R||2000–2001||1||103||St. Albert, ALTA||Dec 7, 1976|
|26||Shawn Randall||R||1998–1999||1||136||Montrose, MI||November 13, 1972|
|77||Stephane Desjardins||D||1998–1999||1||123||Anjou, PQ||June 23, 1972|
|Steve Adams||D||1998–1999||1||10||Edmonton, ALTA||Nov 4, 1975|
|Steve Moore||C||1999–2000||1||99||Gardiner, ME||June 21, 1971|
|Sylvain Thibeault||D||1999–2000||1||10||St. Jerome, PQ||October 30, 1970|
|24||Tom Gomes||R||1999–2000||1||86||Harrow, ONT||April 29, 1972|
|Tom Stewart||R||1998–1999||1||50||Brantford, ONT||May 19, 1975|
|Travis Riggin||F||1998–1999||1||17||Kincardine, ONT||April 26, 1977|
|Travis Sinden||G||1998–1999||1||0||Phoenix, AZ||March 31, 1976|
|21||Trevor Hanas||R||1998–2000||2||167||Regina, SASK||January 20, 1975|
|10||Troy Frederick||L||1998–1999||1||87||Virden, MAN||April 4, 1969|
|9||Virgil Rutili||D||1998–1999||1||0||Addison, IL||February 17, 1973|
|17||Yuri Moscevsky||W||1999–2000||1||7||Milwaukee, WI||October 20, 1978|
|8 & 25||Zbynek Neckar||D||1998–2000||2||10||Pisek, Czech||September 22, 1978|