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1918–19 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
O'Brien Trophy Winners
1918–19 record 7-3-0 (1st half), 3-5-0 (2nd half)
Goals for 88
Goals against 78
General Manager George Kennedy
Coach Newsy Lalonde
Captain Newsy Lalonde
Arena Jubilee Rink
Team leaders
Goals Odie Cleghorn (23)
Newsy Lalonde (23)
Assists Newsy Lalonde (9)
Points Newsy Lalonde (32)
Penalties in minutes Joe Hall (85)
Goals against average Georges Vezina (4.3)

The 1918–19 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's tenth season and second as a member of the new National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens would win the NHL title and go to Seattle to face off for the Stanley Cup. However, a Spanish flu epidemic broke out in Seattle and both teams would abandon the series after several Canadiens fell ill. Montreal defenceman Joe Hall would die from the flu.

Prior to the season, another attempt was made by Eddie Livingstone to revive the National Hockey Association. Livingstone did not wish to sell his team for less than $20,000, more than the Arena Company was willing to pay. On September 20, 1918, the NHA owners, including the Canadiens, voted to permanently suspend the NHA. Livingstone forced another meeting on December 11, 1918, hoping to get Canadiens' minority shareholder Brunswick to vote with him, but at the meeting, Brunswick officials affirmed their loyalty to the Canadiens and the meeting ended with the Canadiens, Brunswick, Ottawa and Wanderers simply leaving the meeting.[1]

Regular seasonEdit

Georges Vezina came second in the league in goals against average of 4.3 per game. Odie Cleghorn returned to professional play and he had an outstanding 24 goals in 17 games to lead the league in goals for the Canadiens.

The Toronto Arenas folded on March 20, 1919, leaving only Montreal and Ottawa in the league. The teams proceeded to play off for the league title.

Final standingsEdit

First Half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 10 7 3 0 14 57 50
Ottawa Senators 10 5 5 0 10 39 39
Toronto Arenas 10 3 7 0 6 42 49
Second Half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Ottawa Senators 8 7 1 0 14 32 14
Montreal Canadiens 8 3 5 0 6 31 28
Toronto Arenas 8 2 6 0 4 22 43

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LDecember 21, 19182–5 Ottawa Senators (1918–19) 0–1–0
2WDecember 23, 19184–3 @ Toronto Arenas (1918–19) 1–1–0
3WDecember 28, 19186–3 Toronto Arenas (1918–19) 2–1–0
4LJanuary 2, 19192–7 @ Ottawa Senators (1918–19) 2–2–0
5WJanuary 4, 19195–2 Ottawa Senators (1918–19) 3–2–0
6WJanuary 7, 19197–6 @ Toronto Arenas (1918–19) 4–2–0
7WJanuary 11, 191913–4 Toronto Arenas (1918–19) 5–2–0
8WJanuary 16, 191910–6 @ Ottawa Senators (1918–19) 6–2–0
9WJanuary 18, 19195–3 Ottawa Senators (1918–19) 7–2–0
10LJanuary 21, 19193–11 @ Toronto Arenas (1918–19) 7–3–0
Second half
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
11LJanuary 25, 19190–1 Ottawa Senators (1918–19) 0–1–0
12LJanuary 30, 19192–3 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1918–19) 0–2–0
13WFebruary 1, 191910–0 Toronto Arenas (1918–19) 1–2–0
14LFebruary 4, 19193–6 @ Toronto Arenas (1918–19) 1–3–0
15WFebruary 8, 19194–3 Ottawa Senators (1918–19) 2–3–0
16LFebruary 11, 19194–6 @ Toronto Arenas (1918–19) 2–4–0
17LFebruary 13, 19190–7 @ Ottawa Senators (1918–19) 2–5–0
18WFebruary 15, 19198–2 Toronto Arenas (1918–19) 3–5–0

[2]

PlayoffsEdit

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
February 22Ottawa Senators 4Montreal Canadiens 8
February 27Ottawa Senators 3Montreal Canadiens 5
March 1Montreal Canadiens 5Ottawa Senators 3
March 3Montreal Canadiens 3Ottawa Senators 6
March 6Ottawa Senators 2Montreal Canadiens 4

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1 for the O'Brien Cup

FinalsEdit

Montreal Canadiens vs. Seattle Metropolitans

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 19Montreal Canadiens 0Seattle Metropolitans 7
March 22Seattle Metropolitans 2Montreal Canadiens 4
March 24Montreal Canadiens 2Seattle Metropolitans 7
March 26Seattle Metropolitans 0Montreal Canadiens 020:00 OT
March 30Montreal Canadiens 4Seattle Metropolitans 315:57 OT

Series ended 2–2–1 and no winner awarded – playoffs were curtailed due to the influenza epidemic

Awards and recordsEdit

RosterEdit

Source: Mouton, p. 153

ReferencesEdit

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1 1893–1926 inc.. National Hockey League. 
  • McFarlane, Brian (1996). The Habs. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing. ISBN 077372981X. 
  • Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Key Porter Books. 
  • O'Brien, Andy (1971). Les Canadiens: the story of the Montreal Canadiens. Toronto, New York: McGrawHill-Ryerson. ISBN 0070929509. 
  1. Coleman (1966), pp. 348-350.
  2. 1918–19 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.

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