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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.

League BusinessEdit

The annual meeting was held November 12, 1910 electing the following executive:

Directors:

  • 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.


Salary CapEdit

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.

Rule ChangesEdit

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.

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

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 30 122 69
Montreal Canadiens 16 8 8 066 62
Renfrew Creamery Kings 16 8 80 91 101
Montreal Wanderers 16 7 90 73 88
Quebec Bulldogs 16 4 120 65 97

ResultsEdit

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 31 Ottawa 5 Canadiens 3
Jan. 2 Renfrew 2 Quebec 3
5† Wanderers 4 Renfrew 2
7 Canadiens 4 Quebec 1
7 Wanderers 5 Ottawa 10
10 Quebec 4 Wanderers 5 (overtime)
10 Ottawa 5 Renfrew 4
14 Renfrew 1 Canadiens 4
14 Quebec 5 Ottawa 13
16 Quebec 5 Renfrew 10
18 Canadiens 4 Wanderers 5
21 Canadiens 4 Ottawa 5 (overtime)
21 Wanderers 5 Quebec 3
24 Renfrew 5 Ottawa 19
24 Quebec 5 Canadiens 9
27 Canadiens 6 Renfrew 5
28 Ottawa 8 Wanderers 2
Feb. 1 Renfrew 8 Quebec 7
1 Wanderers 6 Canadiens 3
3 Wanderers 5 Renfrew 8
4 Ottawa 6 Quebec 4
7 Canadiens 9 Wanderers 2
11 Quebec 2 Canadiens 3
11 Wanderers 4 Ottawa 9
15‡ Wanderers 4 Renfrew 5 (at Ottawa)
15 Canadiens 4 Quebec 7
18 Renfrew 4 Wanderers 6
18 Ottawa 7 Quebec 2
21 Renfrew 2 Canadiens 4
22 Wanderers 3 Quebec 1
24 Ottawa 7 Renfrew 8
25 Quebec 3 Wanderers 2
27 Quebec 11 Renfrew 10
28 Wanderers 2 Canadiens 3
28 Quebec 2 Ottawa 6
Mar. 2 Ottawa 7 Wanderers 11
2 Canadiens 3 Renfrew 5
4 Renfrew 7 Ottawa 6
7 Wanderers 6 Renfrew 7
8 Ottawa 4 Canadiens 3
10 Canadiens 0 Ottawa 5

† Protested by Renfrew.

‡ Replay of protested game.

Goalkeeper AveragesEdit

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Vezina, Georges Canadiens 16 62 3.9
LeSueur, Percy Ottawa 16 69 1 4.3
Hern, Riley Wanderers 16 88 5.5
Moran, Paddy Quebec 16 97 6.1
Lindsay, Bert Renfrew 16 101 6.3

Leading scorersEdit

Name Club GP G
Walsh, Marty Ottawa 16 37
Kerr, Dubby Ottawa 16 32
Smith, Don Renfrew 16 28
Ridpath, Bruce Ottawa 16 22
Cleghorn, Odie Renfrew 16 20
Lalonde, Newsy Canadiens 16 19
Pitre, Didier Canadiens 16 19
Russell, Ernie Wanderers 10 18
Darragh, Jack Ottawa 16 18
Glass, Pud Wanderers 16 17

Stanley Cup ChallengesEdit

Preliminary playoffsEdit

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

Date Winner Loser Location
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.

Date Winner Loser Location
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.

The Ottawa Senators then played two challenges against Galt and Port Arthur at The Arena in Ottawa.

Galt vs. OttawaEdit

March 13, 1911
Galt 4 at Ottawa 7
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.

March 16, 1911
Port Arthur 4 at Ottawa 13
H. Zeigler G Percy LeSueur
McDonough P Fred Lake
Eddie Carpenter 1 CP Hamby Shore
Jack Walker 1 F Jack Darragh
O'Leary F Marty Walsh 10
W. McGregor 1 F Bruce Ridpath 2
Wellington 1 F Albert Kerr 1

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 ).[1]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 17, 1911Montreal Wanderers 14–4 Renfrew St. Nicholas Rink, New York
March 18, 1911Montreal Wanderers 4–1 Renfrew
March 20, 1911Ottawa 7–2 Montreal Wanderers
March 21, 1911Montreal Wanderers 8–5 Ottawa


Ottawa Hockey Club 1911 Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit

Roster

  Centers
  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • 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.


Team PhotosEdit

Game AdsEdit


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 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.
  1. "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. 


Preceded by
Montreal Wanderers
March 1910
Ottawa Hockey Club
Stanley Cup Champions

1911
Succeeded by
Quebec Bulldogs
1912


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