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1903–04 Ottawa Hockey Club
Stanley Cup champions
League - CAHL
1903–04 record 4–0–0
 Team information
General Manager Bob Shillington
Coach Alf Smith
Captain Harvey Pulford
Arena Aberdeen Pavilion
Team leaders
Goals Frank McGee (12)
Goals against average Bouse Hutton (3.8)
<1902–03 1904–05>

The 1903–04 Ottawa Hockey Club season, the club's 19th season of play, lasted from December 30, 1903 until March 11, 1904. Ottawa resigned from the CAHL after four games and played only Stanley Cup challenges for the rest of the season, winning them all.

Team businessEdit

The Club moved to a new rink installed at the Aberdeen Pavilion, which provided 4,000 seats, more than Dey's Rink could provide. A partnership was struck with the Central Canada Exhibition Association which received 40% of the gross receipts and provided facilities. The Club contributed $500 to the installation of the rink.



The season started out with Ottawa winning their first four games. A home game with Quebec was postponed when Quebec could not travel due to a severe snowstorm.

In their third game against the Victorias at Westmount's arena, the Ottawa team arrived 1 1/2 hours late due to a loss of their baggage. The game was called at midnight due to a curfew, with Ottawa ahead 4–1, with 16 minutes left to play. Ottawa and the Victorias had disagreed on substitution for injured players instead of 'recuperation time' and the Victorias used 43 minutes of injury time, which the Ottawa club complained was a stalling tactic to get the game canceled as Ottawa was ahead.[1]

One week later, the League met to reschedule the Quebec-Ottawa game. At the meeting, the League levied a $10 fine against Ottawa for its lateness to the Victorias game, and a fine to the Montreal Shamrocks for lateness to a game in Ottawa. The League then discussed the Ottawa-Victoria match and ordered it to be rescheduled. J. P. Dickson, Ottawa's representative to the meeting, had proposed that it only be played if the match mattered in the standings and threatened to take Ottawa out of the league if the league went ahead and forced the game to be played.[1]

The threat failed, and Dickson called a meeting of the Club back in Ottawa to discuss the situation. The Club executive, against Bob Shillington's wishes agreed to pull the Club out of the league. The team executive was concerned about losing its status as Stanley Cup champions over the matter and consulted with P. D. Ross who agreed that the Cup would stay with Ottawa. The Federal Amateur Hockey League (FAHL) was consulted and Ottawa would join the FAHL for the next season. The Club then submitted its resignation from the CAHL.[1]

After leaving the CAHL, the Ottawas played only one game other than a Cup challenge, an 18—1 exhibition win over the Ottawa Capitals of the FAHL.[2]

Final StandingEdit

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Quebec Hockey Club
Montreal Victorias
Montreal Hockey Club
Montreal Shamrocks
Ottawa Hockey Club


Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 9 Victorias 6 Ottawa 10
16 Ottawa 8 Montreal 3
30† Ottawa 4 Victorias 1
Feb. 6 Shamrocks 5 Ottawa 10
- Montreal Ottawa
- Ottawa Montreal
- Quebec Ottawa
- Ottawa Quebec

† Ordered to be replayed but never replayed as Ottawa resigned from league.

Goalkeeper averagesEdit

Name GP GA SO Avg.
Hutton, John Bouse 4 15 0 3.82

Scoring leadersEdit

Name GP G
McGee, Frank 4 12
Smith, Alf 4 8

Stanley Cup ChallengesEdit

Winnipeg vs. OttawaEdit

Before the CAHL season started, Ottawa defended the Cup against the Winnipeg Rowing Club in a best two-of-three series played in Ottawa 9–1,2–6,2–0 (2–1).

The first game was filled with rough play, with Alf Smith knocking out Joe Hall with a stick hit to the head and knocking out Nick Bawlf. Hall returned to the game and Hall and Smith fought, leaving Hall with a five stitch cut and Smith a four stitch cut. Westwick scored four goals, Frank McGee three. The Ottawa fans booed Ottawa for their rough play. After the game, Winnipeg captain Billy Breen said it was the 'dirtiest game of hockey he had ever played.'[3]

The second game was tame by comparison. Because of the injuries of the first game, Winnipeg needed replacements and added Tammy Hamber of the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club. Ottawa did not play a rough game and Winnipeg won by a 6–2 score. There was speculation that Ottawa had let up to ensure a lucrative third game.[4]

In the third game, Winnipeg showed that it was capable of keeping up with Ottawa. Smith missed the game to be replaced by Billy Gilmour. The game was scoreless after the first half. McGee scored the winning goal and Suddy Gilmour scored a second goal to clinch the game with seven minutes to play during a power play.[5] Hamber was protested by Ottawa, although he was allowed to play. Referee Trihey was confronted by rough play in the first half, which he countered with ever-increasing penalties to players. According to the Gazette report on the game, at one point only three Ottawa players were on and four Winnipeg players, meaning seven were sent off. During the break between the first and second halves, the ice was not cleaned. The audience numbers were down and this was attributed to the Ottawa Post Office being on fire.[6]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
December 30, 1903Ottawa 9–1Winnipeg Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa
January 1, 1904Winnipeg 6–2Ottawa
January 4, 1904Ottawa 2–0Winnipeg
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 1
December 31, 1903
Ottawa (9) Winnipeg (1)
Player G Pos Player G
Hutton G A. Brown
Pulford P P. Brown
Moore CP S. C. Richards
Westwick 4 R J. Hall
F. McGee 3 C Breen
S. Gilmour 1 LW Bawlf 1
A. Smith 1 RW Bennest
J. McGee sub Borland
W. Gilmour sub Kirby
Referee - Harry Trihey
Umpires - W. A. Northey, C. J. Hanratty

Source: Montreal Gazette[7]

January 1, 1904
Ottawa (2) Winnipeg (6)
Player G Pos Player G
Hutton G A. Brown
Pulford P P. Brown
Moore CP Hamber
Westwick 1 R J. Hall 1
F. McGee C Breen 2
S. Gilmour LW Bawlf 2
A. Smith 1 RW Borland 1
Referee - Harry Trihey
Umpires - M. J. McCrory, C. J. Hanratty

Source: Montreal Gazette[8]

January 4, 1904
Ottawa (2) Winnipeg (0)
Player G Pos Player G
Hutton G A. Brown
Pulford P P. Brown
Moore CP Hamber
Westwick R J. Hall
F. McGee 1 C Breen
S. Gilmour 1 LW Bawlf
W. Gilmour RW Borland
Referee - Harry Trihey
Umpires - M. J. McCrory, C. J. Hanratty

Source: Montreal Gazette[6]

Toronto vs. OttawaEdit

Next, Ottawa would defeat the Ontario Hockey Association champion Toronto Marlboros in a two-game total-goals series, played in Ottawa, 6–3,11–2 (17–5).

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
February 23, 1904Ottawa 6–3Toronto MarlborosAberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa
February 25, 1904Ottawa 11–2Toronto Marlboros
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0

Wanderers vs. OttawaEdit

Ottawa was committed to play a two-game series with the FAHL champion Montreal Wanderers, and played the first game in Montreal to a tie of 5–5. Montreal refused to play overtime, demanding that the game be considered a no-contest and proposed that the series start over as a best two-of-three series. The Cup trustees demanded that the series continued as scheduled and the Wanderers abandoned the challenge.[9]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 2, 1904Ended in a 5–5 tieMontreal Arena
Ottawa wins series; Montreal is disqualified for refusing to play second game in Ottawa.

Brandon vs. OttawaEdit

To finish the season, Ottawa played a series with Brandon Wheat Cities, champions of the Manitoba & Northwestern Hockey Association. Ottawa would win the two-game series 6–3, 9–3 (15–6), held in Ottawa on March 9–11. Brandon wanted to add Clint Bennest and Joe Hall of Winnipeg for the series, but the Cup trustees disallowed the additions as the players had already played for Winnipeg in a challenge against Ottawa.[9]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 9, 1904Ottawa 6–3Brandon Wheat CitiesAberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa
March 11, 1904Ottawa 9–3Brandon Wheat Cities
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0

Ottawa Hockey Club 1904 Stanley Cup championsEdit



  • Percy Mituttler (President), Robert Shillington (Manager)
  • Patrick Baskerville (Treasurer), Thomas D'Arcy McGee (Secretary)
  • Halder Kirby (Club Doctor), Llewellyn Bates (Director)
  • Chauncy Kirby, Martin Rosenthal, Charles Sparks (Directors)
  • Mac McGilton (Ass’t Trainer), Pete Green (Trainer)

Stanley Cup engraving

Cyclone Taylor scratched 'Fred W. Taylor' over the official engraving of '1904 Ottawa'.[10]

See alsoEdit


  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.. 
  • Kitchen, Paul (2008). Win, Tie or Wrangle: The Inside Story of the Old Ottawa Senators - 1883-1935. Manotick, Ontario: Penumbra Press. ISBN 9781897323465. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-55168-261-3. 
  • Shea, Kevin; Wilson, John Jason (2006). Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup. Fenn Publishing Company, Ltd.. ISBN 1551682818. 
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kitchen, pp. 126-127
  2. Kitchen, p. 139
  3. Kitchen, p. 137
  4. Kitchen, p. 138
  5. Kitchen, p. 139
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Ottawa Holds Cup", Montreal Gazette, January 5, 1904, p. 2. 
  7. "Easy for Ottawa", Montreal Gazette, December 31, 1903, p. 2. 
  8. "Rowers Won Game", Montreal Gazette, January 2, 1904, p. 2. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kitchen, pg. 140
  10. Shea and Wilson(2006), pg. 430

Preceded by
Ottawa Hockey Club
Ottawa Hockey Club
1904 Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Ottawa Hockey Club

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