At the time they joined the league then known as the Eastern Basketball Association, the franchise attracted national attention as perhaps the most misplaced franchise in the history of professional sports. They were 5,000 miles away from their nearest competitor, as all the other squads were located in the eastern Pennsylvania-New York-New Jersey area. League officials "began to see the publicity value a team in Alaska would have for the EBA, which, with an enlarged talent pool since the ABA folded, had been trying to upgrade its image from that of a nickel-and-dime Pennsylvania mill-town circuit—which is mostly what it had been—to something on the order of baseball's Triple-A leagues," wrote
During the team's first two seasons, the Knights began their regular schedule with an extended homestand; then began a mid-season bus trip to every CBA team in the league; then finished out the season with another homestand.
The Knights experienced success from the outset of the franchise, leading the league in attendance and often playing before sellout crowds. They won the Western Division with a 24–7 record in their inaugural season, and advanced to the CBA Finals the following year, where they were swept in four games by the Rochester Zeniths, with whom they had begun to develop an impassioned rivalry. The Northern Knights then captured the CBA Championship the... Read More