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1905-06 Stanley Cup champion Montreal Wanderers

The inaugural 1906 Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA) season lasted from January 3 until March 10. Teams played a ten game schedule. Ottawa HC and Montreal Wanderers would tie for the league championship with a record of 9–1, while the Montreal Shamrocks would not win a single game. The Senators and the Wanderers would play a two-game play-off to win the league championship, and the Stanley Cup holder. The Wanderers won the play-off 9–1,3–9 (12–10) on goals.

League BusinessEdit



  • Howard Wilson, Montreal (President)
  • G. P. Murphy, Ottawa (1st Vice-President)
  • Dr. Cameron (2nd Vice-President)
  • James Strachan, Wanderers (Secretary-Treasurer)

After December 20:

  • Howard Wilson, Montreal (President)
  • William Northey, Montreal Arena Corp. (Secretary-Treasurer)

Rule ChangesEdit

  • Teams must appoint game timers for each game,
  • a two referee system was adopted,
  • new Arena Trophy would be awarded to the regular season winner,
  • three-quarters vote would be needed to admit new teams,
  • if a team resigns, all of its played games would be considered cancelled,
  • $25 fine for delay of start of game, and
  • $50 charge to make a protest, non-refundable.

Regular SeasonEdit

The Ottawas played two Cup challenges during the regular season, defeating Queen's College of Kingston, the OHA champion, and defeating Smiths Falls, the FAHL champion.



This season saw lots of new players. Wanderers brought in Lester Patrick, Ernie Johnson and Ernie Russell; Ottawa brought in Harry and Tommy Smith; and Joe Hall joined Quebec.

Fred Brophy, of Montreal HC, repeated his goal-scoring performance from the goaltender position in a game against Montreal Victorias on March 7.

Again, the league was high scoring, with Harry Smith scoring 31 goals in 8 games, Russell Bowie scoring 30 goals in 9 games, and Frank McGee scoring 28 goals in 7 games. Mr. Smith scored 6 in one game, 5 in another, topped by 8 against the Shamrocks on February 17. Mr. McGee would equal the 8 goals in a game feat against Montreal HC on March 3. Seven players scored at least 5 goals in a single game.

Final StandingEdit

Playoff qualifiers in bold.

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


Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 3 Montreal 9 Shamrocks 3
6 Quebec 3 Ottawa 6
6 Wanderers 11 Victorias 5
10 Victorias 9 Shamrocks 7
13 Quebec 10 Victorias 11 (overtime)
13 Wanderers 4 Ottawa 8
17 Shamrocks 2 Wanderers 3 (overtime)
20 Wanderers 6 Quebec 5
20 Ottawa 4 Montreal 1
24 Victorias 11 Shamrocks 2
27 Quebec 3 Shamrocks 1
27 Victorias 6 Ottawa 11
31 Wanderers 6 Montreal 2
Feb. 3 Victorias 6 Quebec 2
3 Ottawa 3 Wanderers 5
7 Montreal 4 Shamrocks 1
10 Shamrocks 8 Quebec 14
10 Ottawa 10 Victorias 4
14 Wanderers 6 Montreal 2
17 Shamrocks 2 Ottawa 13
17 Quebec 7 Montreal 6 15'20" overtime
21 Wanderers 9 Victorias 4
24 Ottawa 9 Shamrocks 3
24 Montreal 5 Quebec 2
28 Victorias 6 Montreal 5
Mar. 3 Montreal 9 Ottawa 14
3 Quebec 6 Wanderers 9
7 Montreal 6 Victorias 14
10 Ottawa 12 Quebec 5
10 Wanderers 15 Shamrocks 1

Goalkeeper AveragesEdit

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Menard, Henri Wanderers 10 38 3.8
Hague, Billy Ottawa 10 42 4.2
Brophy, Fred Montreal 10 63 6.3
Frye, Nathan Victorias 8 52 6.5
Moran, Paddy Quebec 10 70 7.0
Kenny Shamrocks 8 64 8.0
Waugh, Oswald Victorias 2 21 10.5
Brennan, Jack Shamrocks 2 26 13.0

Leading scorersEdit

Name Club GP G
Smith, Harry Ottawa 8 31
Bowie, Russell Victorias 9 30
McGee, Frank Ottawa 7 28
Power, Joe Quebec 10 21
Russell, Ernie Wanderers 6 21
Smaill, Walter Montreal 10 17
Patrick, Lester Wanderers 9 17
Jordan, Herb Quebec 8 16
Smith, Alf Ottawa 10 13
Johnson, Ernie Montreal 10 12


Stanley Cup ChallengesEdit

The Ottawas played two Cup challenges during the regular season, defeating Queen's College of Kingston, the OHA champion, and defeating Smiths Falls, the FAHL champion.

Queen's vs. OttawaEdit

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
February 27, 1906Ottawa 16–7Queen's UniversityDey's Arena
February 28, 1906Ottawa 12–7Queen's University
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0

Smiths Falls vs. OttawaEdit

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 6, 1906Ottawa 6–5Smiths FallsDey's Arena
March 8, 1906Ottawa 8–2Smiths Falls
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0

ECAHA PlayoffEdit

As the season produced a tie for the season championship, the defending champion Ottawas and Wanderers played a two-game playoff, with the winner being awarded the Stanley Cup. The series took place on March 14 in Montreal and March 17 in Ottawa. The Wanderers would win the series 9–1, 3–9 (12–10) in dramatic fashion..

Game one

Ottawa was installed as 2–1 betting favourites, but the Wanderers upset the bookies. In the first game in Montreal, the Wanderers dominated Ottawa, as Ernie Russell got four goals, Frank Glass got three and Moose Johnson would get two for a 9–1 victory.

Game two

After the first game, the Ottawas would replace their goalie Billy Hague with the Smiths Falls goalie Percy LeSueur in to play his first game for the club. Despite being down by eight goals, interest in Ottawa for the return match was high. Rush seats on sale the day of the game produced a throng that caused the ticket seller's glass to break. The venue, Dey's Arena, was modified to hold more spectators, including setting up temporary bleachers, removing the grandstand which had been used as a press box, and the installation of a press box attached to the rafters. Over 5,400 would attend the game and the top $2 tickets were being sold for $10. Betting interest was high, including one $12,000 bet.

After twelve minutes, the first goal was scored by the Wanderers' Moose Johnson to increase the goal lead to nine. Ottawa's Frank McGee, Harry Smith, and McGee again scored before half-time, cutting the deficit to 10–4. Harry Smith would score to open the second half, followed by Rat Westwick. Then Westwick scored again to make it 10-7 before Harry Smith scored three straight goals to make the score 9–1, evening the series with ten minutes to play to tie the series, causing a five-minute standing ovation. With seven minutes to play Smith was sent off for the rest of the game and Lester Patrick would score with ninety seconds to play to put the Wanderers back in the lead. Patrick would ice the game with a goal with a few seconds to play. The Silver Seven reign was over.

The Toronto Globe called it the "greatest game of hockey ever played on Canadian ice, or any other." The Sporting News would later dub it the "Greatest Hockey Game in History." Moose Johnson would end up with the Governor-General's top hat. It had been knocked of the Earl Grey's head, and a fan had snatched it up, giving it to Johnson later in the dressing room.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 14, 1906Montreal Wanderers9–1Ottawa Montreal Arena
March 17, 1906Ottawa 9–3Montreal WanderersDey's Arena
Montreal wins total goals series 12 goals to 10

Because of the need for the play-off, no challenges were made against western teams until the following winter. Ottawa had won Stanley Cup challenges that season, which meant that the 1906 season would have two Stanley Cup holders: Ottawa until March, and Montreal Wanderers for the balance of the year.

Ottawa Hockey Club January 1906 Stanley Cup championsEdit



  • G.P. Murphy(President), Robert Shillington(Manager)
  • Patrick Basketville(Treasurer), Thomas D'Arcy McGee(Secretary)
  • Halder Kirby(Club Doctor), David Barred(Team Denist)
  • Llewellyn Bates, J.P. Dickson, Martin Rosenthal, Charles Sparks(Directors)
  • Pete Green(Trainer), Mac MacGilton (Ass't Trainer)

No team picture including all executive has been found for 1906 Ottawa.

Stanley Cup engraving

Between 1903 and 1906 Ottawa engraved each of 10 Stanley Cup series they won, and teams they played outside the bowl. The first 8 series were listed separately, but both of the 1906 series are listed together in same space.


Montreal Wanderers March 1906 Stanley Cup championsEdit



  • James Strachan (President), Clarence MacKerrow (Hon. President), Dickie Boon (Manager),
  • George Guile (Vice President), George Hodges (Hon. Vice President),
  • Robert Stephanson (Sectretary/Treasurer), Tom Hodges (Hon. Secretary/Treasurer),
  • Bob Ahern, Willam Jennings (Directors),

(Team picture includes 9 players, and 9 non-players, plus a mascot. mascot name is not known)

Stanley Cup engraving

Wanderers engraved their name on top outside of the bowl. They included both challenges series, plus date and scores that goes all way around the Stanley Cup.


Game AdsEdit


  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.. NHL. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Fenn Publishing Company. 
  • Whitehead, Eric (1980). The Patricks: Hockey's Royal Family. Toronto, Ontario: Doubleday Canada. ISBN 0385156626. 

Preceded by
Ottawa Hockey Club
Ottawa Hockey Club
Stanley Cup Champions

January 1906
Succeeded by
Montreal Wanderers
March 1906
Preceded by
Ottawa Hockey Club
January, 1906
Montreal Wanderers
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Kenora Thistles
January 1907
Preceded by
1905 (CAHL)
ECAHA seasons
Succeeded by
1907 ECAHA season

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