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|League:||Central Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Landon Arena|
|Colors:||Black, Red, Yellow|
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 they were sold. The team would then become the Topeka Scarecrows of the Tier 1 Junior A United States Hockey League playing from 2001-2003.
- Founded: 1998-1999 season
- Arena: Landon Arena (capacity 7,777)
- Uniform colors: black, red, and yellow
- Local Media: Topeka Capital-Journal
- Nov. 13, 1997 CHL commits itself to the goal of having a franchise in Topeka for the 1998-1999 season.
- Feb. 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 La(o)ndon Arena (seating capacity 14,000).
- July 20, 1998 Installation of La(o)ndon Arena ice equipment is finished.
- Aug. 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.
- Oct. 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 La(o)ndon 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.
- Oct. 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.
- Oct. 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.
- Feb 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.
- Feb. 22, 2001 The Topeka ScareCrows returned to the ice in Tulsa, Okla., 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 La(o)ndon 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||1/10/1974|
|2||Alex Mukhanov||D||1999–2000||1||16||Moscow, Russia||5/17/1976|
|Andre Quesnel||R||1999–2000||1||17||Ottawa, ONT||1/26/1977|
|Andy Adams||G||1998–1999||1||2||Thornhill, ONT||2/10/1976|
|6||Anthony Zurfluh||D||2000–2001||1||14||Soldotna, AK||1/24/1977|
|10||Bill Monkman||R||1999–2000||1||151||Tara, ONT||5/16/1975|
|16||Blair Manning||C||1999–2001||2||124||Vancouver, BC||5/27/1975|
|Blake Sheane||R||2000–2001||1||8||Virden, MAN||5/5/1977|
|44||Bob Berg||L||2000–2001||1||98||Beamsville, ONT||7/2/1970|
|Bob Pardy||D||1998–1999||1||6||St. John\'s, NF||7/28/1974|
|Brad Klyn||D||1998–1999||1||4||Surrey, BC|
|40||Brett Seguin||C||1998–2000||2||82||St. Mary\'s, ONT||2/20/1972|
|44||Chad Antonishyn||D||1998–1999||1||89||Regina, SASK||5/25/1974|
|Chris Belanger||D||1998–1999||1||27||Welland, ONT||4/4/1972|
|33||Chris Bowen||L||1998–1999||1||96||Barrie, ONT||3/7/1976|
|9||Chris Burke||L||2000–2001||1||0||Winona, MN||9/8/1976|
|23||Chris Felix||D||2000–2001||1||100||Bramalea, ONT||5/27/1964|
|Chris King||G||1998–1999||1||0||Braintree, MA||7/2/1974|
|21||Chris Maillet||D||2000–2001||1||89||Moncton, NB||1/28/1976|
|29||Dale Lafrance||R||1999–2000||1||7||Sudbury, ONT|
|Dave Gregory||D||1998–1999||1||39||Woodstock, ONT||5/1/1967|
|22||David \"Duke\" Bouskill||L||1999–2001||2||88||Glen Williams, ONT||11/9/1976|
|6||Gary Coupal||R||1999–2000||1||60||Sudbury, ONT||9/16/1974|
|12 & 14||Grady Manson||C||1999–2000||1||31||Brandon, MAN||5/26/1975|
|29||Jan Melichar||D||1998–2000||2||28||Trebic, Czech||2/24/1978|
|32||Jason Girodat||F||1999–2000||1||0||Shaunavon, SASK|
|14||Jason Lafreniere||C||1999–2000||1||2||St. Catharines, ONT||12/6/1966|
|27||Jay Hern||L||2000–2001||1||151||Medicine Hat, ALTA||12/6/1976|
|11||Jeff Goldie||L||2000–2001||1||43||Owen Sound, ONT||5/27/1974|
|27||Joe Coombs||L||1998–2000||2||116||Brantford, ONT||6/1/1975|
|16||Joey Beaudry||R||1998–2000||2||155||Prince Albert, SASK||6/8/1976|
|32||John Gibson||D||1999–2000||1||13||Kingston, ONT||9/30/1970|
|17||John McCabe||W||2000–2001||1||148||Sudbury, ONT||5/30/1974|
|4||John Vary||D||1999–2001||2||154||Owen Sound, ONT||2/11/1972|
|19||Jordan Shields||L||1998–1999||1||16||Gloucester, ONT||4/27/1972|
|Ken Eddy||D||1998–1999||1||0||Rochester, MN||4/8/1969|
|Kevin Fricke||D||1999–2000||1||10||Edina, MN||4/18/1974|
|Kevin Lune||D||1998–1999||1||75||Brantford, ONT||6/8/1971|
|19||Kirk LLano||D||1999–2000||1||83||Calgary, ALTA||1/10/1973|
|7||Kyle Haviland||D||1998–2000||2||182||Windsor, ONT||8/10/1971|
|Lannie McCabe||D||2000–2001||1||118||Sudbury, ONT||7/13/1977|
|33||Luciano Caravaggio||G||2000–2001||1||17||Toronto, ONT||10/3/1975|
|Marco Emond||G||1998–1999||1||0||Valleyfield, PQ||11/20/1977|
|10||Mark Edmundson||C||2000–2001||1||65||London, ONT||3/11/1975|
|39||Michal Podolka||G||1998–2000||2||4||Most, Czech Rep.||8/11/1977|
|33||Mike Degurse||L||1999–2000||1||15||Amajinnang, ONT||10/4/1974|
|44||Mike Hiebert||D||1999–2000||1||93||Winnipeg, MAN||4/16/1975|
|28||Mike Rusk||D||1998–2000||2||127||Milton, ONT||4/26/1975|
|Mike Tilson‡||D||1998–1999||1||Pickering, ONT||6/28/1978|
|9||Oleg Tsirkounov||F||1998–2000||2||131||Kiev, Ukraine||3/15/1977|
|Paul Godfrey||R||1998–1999||1||6||Sault Ste. Marie, ONT||10/30/1976|
|61||Paul Strand||L||2000–2001||1||170||Sudbury, ONT||12/1/1971|
|20||Peter Brearley||R||2000–2001||1||40||Chatham, ONT||6/27/1975|
|14||Randy Best||D||1999–2000||1||12||Woodsbury, MN||3/5/1974|
|23||Rod Branch||G||1998–2000||2||28||Fort St. John, BC||4/14/1975|
|4||Roy Gray||D||1998–1999||1||4||Toronto, ONT||4/22/1976|
|7||Ryan Hartung||D||2000–2001||1||40||St. Paul, MN||5/26/1977|
|21||Ryan McCormack||R||2000–2001||1||2||Thunder Bay, ONT||3/4/1978|
|Ryan Phillips||L||1998–1999||1||40||North Vancouver, BC||7/8/1975|
|33||Scot Bell||R||1999–2000||1||8||Ottawa, ONT||4/18/1972|
|Scott Dickson||C||1998–1999||1||48||Brandon, MAN||12/5/1976|
|31||Scott Hay||G||2000–2001||1||33||Scarborough, ONT||4/3/1975|
|11 & 63||Sergei Deschevy||D||1999–2001||2||302||Kiev, Ukraine||6/25/1977|
|47||Sergei Olympiev||L||1998–2000||2||59||Lipetski, Russia||1/12/1975|
|12||Shawn Gervais||R||2000–2001||1||103||St. Albert, ALTA||7/12/1976|
|26||Shawn Randall||R||1998–1999||1||136||Montrose, MI||11/13/1972|
|77||Stephane Desjardins||D||1998–1999||1||123||Anjou, PQ||6/23/1972|
|Steve Adams||D||1998–1999||1||10||Edmonton, ALTA||4/11/1975|
|Steve Moore||C||1999–2000||1||99||Gardiner, ME||6/21/1971|
|Sylvain Thibeault||D||1999–2000||1||10||St. Jerome, PQ||10/30/1970|
|24||Tom Gomes||R||1999–2000||1||86||Harrow, ONT||4/29/1972|
|Tom Stewart||R||1998–1999||1||50||Brantford, ONT||5/19/1975|
|Travis Riggin||F||1998–1999||1||17||Kincardine, ONT||4/26/1977|
|Travis Sinden||G||1998–1999||1||0||Phoenix, AZ||3/31/1976|
|21||Trevor Hanas||R||1998–2000||2||167||Regina, SASK||1/20/1975|
|10||Troy Frederick||L||1998–1999||1||87||Virden, MAN||4/4/1969|
|9||Virgil Rutili||D||1998–1999||1||0||Addison, IL||2/17/1973|
|17||Yuri Moscevsky||W||1999–2000||1||7||Milwaukee, WI||10/20/1978|
|8 & 25||Zbynek Neckar||D||1998–2000||2||10||Pisek, Czech||9/22/1978|
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