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The 1914–15 NHA season was the 6th season of the National Hockey Association and played from December 26, 1914 until March 3, 1915. Each team played 20 games.

The Ottawa Senators won the NHA championship in a two game, total goal playoff against the Montreal Wanderers. However, they fell to the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in the Stanley Cup championship. It was the first year of an agreement between the NHA and the PCHA to have each league's champion play for the cup.

League BusinessEdit

DirectorsEdit

Rule ChangesEdit

  • no player to come within five feet of players facing off,
  • puck played after rebounding from goalkeeper no longer is offside,
  • charging a player into the boards is a major foul,
  • match foul penalized by 10 minutes off and $15 fine.

Players' SalariesEdit

Prior to the season Art Ross was suspended for trying to organize a rival league, with higher players's salaries. The organizing attempt was not successful, and by January 7, Mr. Ross was reinstated. He signed with Ottawa.

Regular SeasonEdit

The Ontarios changed their team name to Shamrocks from the February 3 game forward.

Ottawa traded Percy LeSueur to the Ontarios for Fred Lake.

HighlightsEdit

A record long overtime game was played in Quebec on January 13 between Quebec and the Canadiens. Quebec defeated Montreal 3–2 after 50 minutes and 28 seconds of overtime, on a goal by Jack McDonald. Coach Jack Laviolette had to take over for Georges Vezina after Vezina was penalized.

The Ontarios had to forfeit their February 3 game with the Wanderers after the McNamara brothers took a personal leave to attend their fathers' funeral. Owner Eddie Livingstone of the Ontarios asked for a postponement but the Wanderers refused.

A game on February 17 between Toronto and Ottawa turned into a brawl before Toronto police arrested Art Ross and Roy McGiffen to calm the proceedings.

Final standingsEdit

Playoff qualifiers in bold.

League Standings GP W L Pts GF GA
Ottawa Senators 20 14 6 28 74 65
Montreal Wanderers 20 14 6 28 127 82
Quebec Bulldogs 20 11 9 22 85 85
Toronto Blueshirts 20 8 12 16 66 84
Toronto Ontarios-Shamrocks 20 7 13 14 76 96
Montreal Canadiens 20 6 14 12 65 81

ResultsEdit

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 26 Ottawa 4 Quebec 1
26 Wanderers 11 Ontarios 6
26 Toronto 4 Canadiens 3
30 Ontarios 1 Ottawa 4
30 Wanderers 5 Toronto 2
30 Quebec 8 Canadiens 7
Jan. 2 Ottawa 6 Wanderers 15
2 Canadiens 1 Ontarios 4
2 Toronto 2 Quebec 6
6 Ottawa 4 Canadiens 2
6 Ontarios 3 Toronto 4
6 Wanderers 5 Quebec 6
9 Toronto 1 Ottawa 2 (18' OT)
9 Quebec 2 Ontarios 3 (5' OT)
9 Canadiens 4 Wanderers 5 (6'45" OT)
13 Ottawa 3 Ontarios 5
13 Toronto 3 Wanderers 11
13 Canadiens 2 Quebec 3 (50'20" OT)
16 Wanderers 3 Ottawa 4
16 Quebec 1 Toronto 3
16 Ontarios 7 Canadiens 1
20 Canadiens 1 Ottawa 3
20 Ontarios 3 Toronto 4
20 Quebec 2 Wanderers 5
23 Canadiens 7 Wanderers 2
23 Ontarios 1 Quebec 4
23 Ottawa 2 Toronto 4
27 Quebec 2 Ottawa 7
27 Canadiens 1 Wanderers 2
30 Ottawa 3 Quebec 1
30 Wanderers 2 Toronto 8
30 Ontarios 3 Canadiens 4
Feb. 3 Toronto 2 Ottawa 7
3 Wanderers Ontarios
3 Quebec 2 Canadiens 5
6 Ottawa 1 Wanderers 8
6 Ontarios 5 Quebec 9
6 Canadiens 4 Toronto 3
10 Ottawa 6 Ontarios 2
10 Toronto 5 Quebec 7
10 Canadiens 3 Wanderers 6
13 Canadiens 3 Ottawa 5
13 Quebec 6 Wanderers 4
13 Ontarios 6 Toronto 3
17 Ottawa 3 Toronto 1
17 Ontarios 7 Wanderers 10
17 Canadiens 2 Quebec 6
20 Wanderers 5 Ottawa 1
20 Toronto 2 Canadiens 7
20 Quebec 6 Ontarios 10
24 Ottawa 2 Canadiens 3
24 Wanderers 4 Quebec 5 (2' OT)
24 Toronto 5 Ontarios 1
27 Ontarios 2 Ottawa 3
27 Quebec 5 Toronto 4
27 Wanderers 7 Canadiens 3
Mar. 3 Quebec 3 Ottawa 4 (25" OT)
3 Toronto 4 Wanderers 5
3 Canadiens 2 Ontarios 3

† Defaulted to Wanderers.

Scoring leadersEdit

Player Team GP G
Tommy Smith Quebec & Ontarios 19 39
Didier PitreCanadiens 20 30
Gordon Roberts Wanderers 18 29
Harry Broadbent Ottawa 24 26
Harry Hyland Wanderers 24 26
Sprague Cleghorn Wanderers 19 21
Cully Wilson Blueshirts 18 17
Odie Cleghorn Wanderers 12 16
Skene RonanOntarios-Shamrocks 18 20
Rusty Crawford Quebec 20 19

Goalkeeper AveragesEdit

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Benedict, Clint Ottawa 20 65 3.3
Vezina, Georges Canadiens 20 81 4.1
Holmes, Harry Toronto 20 84 4.2
Moran, Paddy Quebec 20 85 4.3
McCarthy, Charlie Wanderers 19 82 4.3
LeSueur, Percy Ontarios-Shamrocks 19 96 5.1

PlayoffsEdit

League championshipEdit

Montreal and Ottawa played a two-game total-goals series to determine the league championship and the O'Brien Cup.

Game-by-Game Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
1March 10Ottawa Senators4–0Montreal WanderersOttawa
2March 13Montreal Wanderers1–0Ottawa SenatorsMontreal
Senators win series 4–1

Exhibition seriesEdit

The Wanderers, Canadiens and Bulldogs played an exhibition series in New York and Boston. The Ontarios and Torontos played an exhibitions series in Cleveland, Ohio.[1]

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

The 1914–15 season was the first year of an agreement by the Cup's trustees, the NHA and the PCHA where the champion of each league would compete for the Stanley Cup. It marked the end of the challenge era, and began a twelve year period where the NHA/NHL champion would have to compete against a Western league for the Cup.

All three games in this series were played in Vancouver, British Columbia, with the Millionaires sweeping the best of five series in three games.

Game-by-Game Winning Team Score Losing Team Rules Used Location
1March 22Vancouver Millionaires6–2Ottawa SenatorsPCHADenman Arena, Vancouver
2March 24Vancouver Millionaires8–3Ottawa SenatorsNHA
3March 26Vancouver Millionaires12–3Ottawa SenatorsPCHA
Millionaires win best-of-five series 3 games to 0

Game AdsEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.. NHL. 
  1. "Wanderers Win First on New York Series", The Globe, March 19, 1915, p. 9. 

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