The 1910–11 NHA season was the second season of the now defunct National Hockey Association. Five teams played 16 games each, starting on December 31, 1910 and ending on March 10, 1911. The Ottawa Hockey Club won the league championship and took over the Stanley Cup from the Montreal Wanderers.
The annual meeting was held November 12, 1910 electing the following executive:
- Emmett Quinn (president and secretary)
- Eddie McCafferty, Wanderers
- John Ambrose O'Brien, Renfrew
- W. P. Humphrey, Shamrocks
- George Kennedy, Canadiens
- Joe Power, Quebec
The Shamrocks resigned from the league and were not replaced. The Club Athletique-Canadien and the Quebec Hockey Club were granted franchises. Haileybury and Cobalt left the league. Club-Athletique-Canadien had made a claim on the Canadiens name and threatened a lawsuit if they were not granted a franchise. There are three written descriptions of this transaction. Coleman(1966) writes that George Kennedy, president of the CAC bought the Haileybury franchise. In Andy O'Brien's book, Ambrose O'Brien is quoted as saying that he sold the Canadiens to Kennedy. In Holzman's book, the franchise was given to Kennedy, but Kennedy had to pay O'Brien for the rights to Newsy Lalonde. In The Globe of March 7, 1911, it is claimed that Lalonde's sale was the first ever sale of a player.
The NHA decided to impose a $5,000 per team salary cap.
A second meeting, on November 26, 1910 updated the Board of Directors to:
- D'Arcy McGee, Ottawa
- James A. Barnett, Renfrew
- Adolphe Lecours, Canadiens
- Joe Power, Quebec
- Eddie McCafferty, Wanderers
The salary cap, while opposed by the players was upheld at the meeting.
The salary cap of $5000 per club caused a situation where Bruce Stuart of Ottawa threatened a mass defection to a new league. However, the players found that the Arena Company, owners of the Montreal Arena would not rent to the players. There was no other suitable arena in Montreal available for a new league and the players had no choice but to abandon the effort. Some players took a large cut in salary: Marty Walsh, Fred Lake and Dubby Kerr were paid $600 each where they had been paid $1200 each in 1910. The dispute caused the cancellation of a pre-season exhibition series in New York for the Ottawas and Wanderers.
Games were changed from two periods of 30 minutes, to three periods of twenty minutes, with ten minute rest periods. The Spalding hockey puck was adopted as the standard puck.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against
|National Hockey Association||GP||W||L||T||GF||GA|
|Ottawa Hockey Club||16||13||3||0||122||69|
|Renfrew Creamery Kings||16||8||8||0||91||101|
|15‡||Wanderers||4||Renfrew||5 (at Ottawa)|
† Protested by Renfrew.
‡ Replay of protested game.
Stanley Cup ChallengesEdit
Four teams challenged for the Stanley Cup: Prince Albert, who was disqualified out of the 1910-11 Saskatchewan Senior Playoffs; Port Arthur, who won the New Ontario League in present-day Thunder Bay; Galt, who won the Ontario Professional League; and Port Hope, who won the Eastern Ontario Professional League.
Two preliminary series were played:
2 games total goals
|March 8||Port Arthur 6||Prince Albert 3||Winnipeg|
|March 10||Port Arthur 6||Prince Albert 5||Winnipeg|
Port Arthur beat Prince Albert 12 goals to 8.
|March 3||Galt 8||Port Hope 4||Galt|
|March 7||Galt 4||Port Hope 4||Port Hope|
Galt beat Port Hope 12 goals to 8.
Galt vs. OttawaEdit
|Billy Hague||G||Percy LeSueur|
|Billy Baird||P||Fred Lake||1|
|Mike Murphy||CP||Hamby Shore|
|Tommy Smith||1||RO||Jack Darragh|
|Jim Mallen||C||Marty Walsh||3|
|Louis Berlinguette||2||RW||Bruce Ridpath||2|
|Fred Doherty||1||LW||Albert Kerr||1|
Port Arthur vs. OttawaEdit
Marty Walsh was a "one-man wrecking crew", scoring ten goals against Port Arthur.
|H. Zeigler||G||Percy LeSueur|
|Eddie Carpenter||1||CP||Hamby Shore|
|Jack Walker||1||F||Jack Darragh|
|W. McGregor||1||F||Bruce Ridpath||2|
Post-season Exhibition seriesEdit
After the season a series was arranged between Renfrew and Montreal Wanderers and Ottawa to play in New York. Renfrew and Montreal played first, with the winner to play-off against Ottawa. After the Wanderers defeated Renfrew 18–5 (13–4, 4–1), Ottawa won a $2,500 prize for the two-game series winning 12–7 ( 7–2, 5–8 ).
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|March 17, 1911||Montreal Wanderers||14–4||Renfrew||St. Nicholas Rink, New York|
|March 18, 1911||Montreal Wanderers||4–1||Renfrew|
|March 20, 1911||Ottawa||7–2||Montreal Wanderers|
|March 21, 1911||Montreal Wanderers||8–5||Ottawa|
Ottawa Hockey Club 1911 Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit
- Thomas D'Arcy McGee† (President), Llewellyn Bates† (Vice President)
- Pete Green† (Coach), Patrick Baskerville† (Treasurer)
- Martin Rosenthal† (Secretary), Mac McGilton† (Trainer)
- George Bryson†, Fred Carling†, Charles Irvin† (Directors)
- Dave Mulligan†, Charles Sparks† (Directors)
† Missing from the team picture. The only team picture found of the Ottawa Hockey Club in 1911 includes 9 of the 10 players, and no non-playing members.
Stanley Cup engraving
Ottawa put their names on the cup in 1909 and 1910 but did not in 1911. It was not until the trophy was redesigned in 1948 that the words "1911 Ottawa Senators" was put onto its then-new collar.
- Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.. NHL.
- Holzman, Morey; Nieforth, Joseph (2002). Deceptions and Doublecross: How the NHL conquered Hockey. Dundurn Press. ISBN 1550024132.
- O'Brien, Andy (1971). Les Canadiens. McGraw-Hill Ryerson. ISBN 0070929509.
- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 50. ISBN 1-55168-261-3.
- ↑ "OTTAWA TEAM WINS $2,500 HOCKEY PURSE; Wanderers of Montreal Beaten in Final Game of Four Nights' Carnival.", New York Times, March 22, 1911, p. 12.
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Stanley Cup Champions
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