This series of articles will celebrate (or laugh at) some of the worst professional sports teams of all time. I will focus on teams within my lifetime so expect the worst from the 1970s to present day.
In 1974 the Washington Capitals and Kansas City Scouts joined the NHL as expansion teams, expanding the NHL fraternity to 18 teams. The Capitals were owned by Abe Pollin who also owned the NBA’s Washington Bullets at the time.
Pollin hired the legendary Milt Schmidt as his first general manager, luring him from the Boston Bruins. Schmidt was with the Bruins for 38 years as a player, coach and general manager, winning 4 Stanley Cups with the Big Bad Bruins.
Schmidt then hired Jim Anderson as the team’s inaugural coach. Anderson was the head coach of the Springfield Indians, who were the minor league affiliate with the Los Angeles Kings at the time.
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