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The 1908–09 Montreal Wanderers season was the sixth season of play of the Montreal Wanderers. The Wanderers, as defending Stanley Cup champions, defended the Cup against Edmonton before the season started. The Wanderers finished second overall in the ECHA standings and the Ottawa Hockey Club would win the league championship to take over the Stanley Cup.
The Eastern Canadian Amateur Hockey Association league meeting was held November 4, 1908 and was a pivotal meeting in the evolution from amateur to professional ice hockey leagues. At the meeting the two last amateur, or at least partly amateur teams resigned over the signing of players from other teams. Montreal HC and Montreal Victorias left the league and later would continue as senior level men's teams playing for the Allan Cup. Unpaid players would no longer play with paid players. The league would continue with four professional teams. The league name was changed to Eastern Canadian Hockey Association to reflect the change in status.
Cecil Blachford retired and Bruce Stuart had moved to Ottawa. New additions included Joe Hall, Harry Smith, Jimmy Gardner and Steve Vair. The Wanderers would come close to their rivals, finishing second with nine wins and three losses.
On January 25, Wanderers played an exhibition game in Cobalt, Ontario versus the Cobalt Silver Kings, betting $500 on themselves to win, but lost 6-4. After the game Harry Smith would leave the Wanderers to join Haileybury of the Timiskaming League.
The rivalry between Ottawa and Wanderers continued, Wanderers winning the first on January 6, 7–6 in overtime, with Harry Smith scoring four against his former team. Ottawa would win the next 5–4 in Ottawa, and defeat the Wanderers in Montreal 9–8 before 8000 fans. Ottawa would finish the series winning 8–3 in Ottawa to clinch the championship.
|Team||Games Played||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals For||Goals Against|
|Ottawa HC|| || || || || || |
|Montreal Wanderers|| || || || || || |
|Quebec HC|| || || || || || |
|Montreal Shamrocks|| || || || || || |
|Jan.||6||Ottawa||6||Wanderers||7 (7:40 OT)||1–0|
|Frank "Pud" Glass||12||17|
Stanley Cup challengesEdit
Montreal vs. EdmontonEdit
Prior to the season, Wanderers would play a challenge against the Edmonton Hockey Club, champions of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association. Despite all players except for one being a 'ringer' for Edmonton, Montreal would defeat them 13–10, in Montreal. In game one, Harry Smith scored 5 goals as he lead the Wanderers to a 7–3 victory. The Edmontons won game two, 7–6, but Montreal took the two-game total goals series, 13–10.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|December 28, 1908||Montreal Wanderers||7–3||Edmonton HC||Montreal Arena|
|December 30, 1908||Edmonton HC||7–6||Montreal Wanderers|
|Montreal wins total goals series 13 goals to 10|
After the challenge, Edmonton would play an exhibition game in Ottawa on January 2 before returning to Edmonton, defeating the Ottawa Senators (of the FHL) 4–2. Ottawa played the Toronto Pros the same day in Toronto, losing 5–4. Lindsay, Pitre and Vair, having played with Edmonton for the challenge, would sign after the exhibition game with Renfrew of the Federal League. The players would help Renfrew to the FHL championship.
The Wanderers played an exhibition against Montreal Le National at the Jubilee Rink on March 10, winning 10–9. The Le National lineup featured several future Montreal Canadiens players including Alphonse Jette, Newsy Lalonde, Jack Laviolette and Didier Pitre.
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- ↑ "Big Doings at Cobalt", The Globe, January 28, 1909, p. 9.
- ↑ "Enthusiastic Rufus Ryan", The Globe, January 29, 1909, p. 9.
- ↑ "Smith at Haileybury", The Globe, January 29, 1909, p. 9.
- ↑ "Edmonton Gagne a Ottawa", La Patrie, January 4, 1909, p. 2.
- ↑ "Les Ottawa Sont Surpris", La Patrie, January 4, 1909, p. 2.
- ↑ "French Team Fast", Montreal Gazette, March 11, 1909, p. 2.
- ↑ "Rough at New York", Montreal Gazette, March 14, 1909, p. 2.
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