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The 1916–17 NHA season was the 8th and final season of the National Hockey Association. Teams were to play two half-seasons of 10 games each, though this was disrupted.

The NHA franchise of the dormant Shamrocks was taken back from its owner Eddie Livingstone and used by the Toronto 228th Battalion, which had a number of NHA hockey players who had enlisted for military service. Also known as the Northern Fusiliers, the team played wearing khaki military uniforms and was the league's most popular and highest scoring club until the regiment was ordered overseas in February 1917 and the team was forced to withdraw. A scandal ensued when several stars were subsequently discharged, not having to fight and alleged they had been promised commissions solely to play hockey. The NHA would sue the 228th Battalion club for its withdrawal, though ultimately did not succeed.

A dispute also erupted over the rest of the playing schedule. The Toronto Blueshirts club was suspended for the rest of the season by the league, and some of its players played for other clubs for the rest of the schedule. The league intended for the players to be returned at the end of the season to whomever would own the Toronto club then. As the sale did not take place, the league kept them. The owner of the Blueshirts would file several lawsuits over the league's actions, sparking the events that led to the founding of the NHL.

League BusinessEdit

Emmet Quinn resigned as president on October 18,1916.

The Ottawa club wanted to suspend play for the season due to the war, but was voted down.

ExecutivesEdit

Directors:

Rule ChangesEdit

A split-schedule of two halves would be used.

The single-referee system would be reinstated.

Throwing the stick to prevent a goal would mean the award of an automatic goal for the other team.

Regular SeasonEdit

Suspending the BlueshirtsEdit

On February 10, 1917, the Blueshirts played their final game, losing 4–1 at home to Ottawa. The following day, a meeting of the NHA executive in Montreal was held to deal with the 228th Battalion leaving for overseas. Toronto proposed continuing with a five-team league, but the other owners instead voted to suspend Toronto's team. The players were dispersed by a drawing of names. The following day, President Robinson was quoted as stating that the players would return to the club after the season, but he would not guarantee that the club would be allowed to return to play, stating that would be decided at the NHA annual meeting.

Continuing the seasonEdit

Ottawa, while not unhappy at the suspension of Toronto, nevertheless lost a game for the use of Cy Denneny in a game against the 228th, and saw the Wanderers and Quebec receive wins for games against the 228th. The club threatened to not play for the rest of the season. However, cooler heads prevailed and Ottawa went back to work.

The following weekend, Harry Meeking and Eddie Oatman arrived in Montreal, after being discharged by the 228th after arriving in Saint John, New Brunswick. Oatman charged that the 228th owed him $700 for his commission for his play with the 228th. As Oatman had gotten out of being drafted into the PCHA by being a member of the 228th, this set the Ottawa on again to reverse the game decision, claiming that Oatman was ineligible.


Final standingsEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against

First Half GP W L T GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 10 7 3 0 58 38
Ottawa Senators 10 7 3 0 56 41
Toronto 228th Battalion 10 6 4 0 70 57
Toronto Blueshirts 10 5 5 0 50 45
Montreal Wanderers 10 3 7 0 56 72
Quebec Bulldogs 10 2 8 0 43 80
Second Half GP W L T GF GA
Ottawa Senators 10 8 2 0 63 22
Quebec Bulldogs 10 8 2 0 54 46
Montreal Canadiens 10 3 7 0 31 42
Montreal Wanderers 10 2 8 0 38 65

After the 228th Battalion dropped out, and Toronto suspended, the schedule was revised so that the remaining teams would play a 20 game schedule of two halves containing 10 games each. Some of the games to that point were moved into the second half. The 'second half' therefore included some games that the 228th and Toronto played.

ResultsEdit

First half
Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 27 Ottawa 7 228th 10
27 Wanderers 2 Quebec 6
27 Toronto 7 Canadiens 1
30 Canadiens 1 Ottawa 7
30 Quebec 5 Toronto 8
30 228th 10 Wanderers 4
Jan. 3 Ottawa 10 Wanderers 5
3 Canadiens 4 Quebec 2
3 228th 4 Toronto 0
6 Toronto 2 Ottawa 3
6 Wanderers 4 Canadiens 9
6 Quebec 9 228th 16
10 Ottawa 4 Quebec 5
10 228th 1 Canadiens 6
10 Wanderers 4 Toronto 9
13 228th 1 Ottawa 1
13 Canadiens 6 Toronto 2
13 Quebec 3 Wanderers 12
17 Ottawa 3 Canadiens 2
17 Wanderers 10 228th 4
17 Toronto 5 Quebec 1
20 Wanderers 5 Ottawa 8
20 Toronto 6 228th 8
20 Quebec 6 Canadiens 10
24 Ottawa 5 Toronto 8
24 228th 12 Quebec 4
24 Canadiens 10 Wanderers 2
27 Quebec 2 Ottawa 7
27 Toronto 3 Wanderers 8
27 Canadiens 9 228th 4
Second half
Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 31 228th 0 Ottawa‡ 8
31 Quebec 4 Wanderers 3 (3' OT)
31 Canadiens 2 Toronto 6
Feb. 3 Ottawa 2 Canadiens 1
3 Toronto 3 Quebec 7 (2' to play)
3 Wanderers† 228th (postponed)
7 Wanderers 5 Ottawa 8
7 Toronto 4 228th 3
7 Quebec 3 Canadiens 6
10 Ottawa 4 Toronto 1
10 Canadiens 6 Wanderers 3
12 228th* Quebec& (cancelled)
14 Canadiens 1 Ottawa 4
14 Quebec 7 Wanderers 3
17 Wanderers 3 Canadiens 4
17 Ottawa 2 Quebec 3 (16' OT)
21 Canadiens 1 Quebec 5
21 Ottawa 5 Wanderers 3
24 Quebec 7 Canadiens 6
24 Wanderers 6 Ottawa 11
28 Ottawa 3 Canadiens 1
28 Wanderers 6 Quebec 17
Mar. 3 Quebec 1 Ottawa 16
3 Canadiens 3 Wanderers 6

‡ Ottawa lost game on use of ineligible Cy Denneny.
† Wanderers given win for this game in revised second half.
& Quebec given win for this game in revised second half.
* 228th was ordered overseas. Toronto club was suspended by league.

Scoring leadersEdit

Player Team GP G
Joe Malone Quebec Bulldogs 19 41
Frank NighborOttawa Senators19 41
Odie CleghornMontreal Wanderers 18 28
Newsy LalondeMontreal Canadiens 18 27
Jack DarraghOttawa Senators 20 26
Didier PitreMontreal Canadiens 20 22
Dave Ritchie Quebec Bulldogs 19 17
Corb Denneny Toronto / Ottawa 20 19
Eddie Gerard Ottawa Senators 19 17
Eddie Oatman 228th Battalion 12 17 †

Leading GoaltendersEdit

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Gordon Keats Toronto 2 5 2.5
Clint Benedict Ottawa 18 50 1 2.8
Georges Vezina Canadiens 20 80 4.0
Brock Toronto 4 16 1 4.0
Billy Nicholson Toronto 10 40 1 4.0
Ossie Lang Ottawa 1 5 5.0
Sam Hebert Quebec/Ottawa 15 84 5.6
Lockhart 228th Battalion 12 69 1 5.8 †
Bert Lindsay Wanderers 15 96 6.4
Paddy Moran Quebec 6 50 8.3
Billy Hague Wanderers 4 41 10.3

† Totals includes two 228th Battalion games played in second half, not counted in standings.

PlayoffsEdit

Game-by-Game Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
1March 7 Montreal Canadiens5–2Ottawa Senators Montreal Arena
2March 10Ottawa Senators 4–2Montreal CanadiensThe Arena, Ottawa
Canadiens win two-game playoff 7–6

The Montreal Canadiens won the O'Brien Cup, but lost to the Seattle Metropolitans of the PCHA in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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