|1918–19 Montreal Canadiens · NHL|
|O'Brien Trophy Winners|
|1918–19 record||7-3-0 (1st half), 3-5-0 (2nd half)|
|General Manager||George Kennedy|
|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.
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.
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.
|Regular season results|
|1||L||December 21, 1918||2–5||Ottawa Senators (1918–19)||0–1–0|
|2||W||December 23, 1918||4–3||@ Toronto Arenas (1918–19)||1–1–0|
|3||W||December 28, 1918||6–3||Toronto Arenas (1918–19)||2–1–0|
|4||L||January 2, 1919||2–7||@ Ottawa Senators (1918–19)||2–2–0|
|5||W||January 4, 1919||5–2||Ottawa Senators (1918–19)||3–2–0|
|6||W||January 7, 1919||7–6||@ Toronto Arenas (1918–19)||4–2–0|
|7||W||January 11, 1919||13–4||Toronto Arenas (1918–19)||5–2–0|
|8||W||January 16, 1919||10–6||@ Ottawa Senators (1918–19)||6–2–0|
|9||W||January 18, 1919||5–3||Ottawa Senators (1918–19)||7–2–0|
|10||L||January 21, 1919||3–11||@ Toronto Arenas (1918–19)||7–3–0|
|11||L||January 25, 1919||0–1||Ottawa Senators (1918–19)||0–1–0|
|12||L||January 30, 1919||2–3 OT||@ Ottawa Senators (1918–19)||0–2–0|
|13||W||February 1, 1919||10–0||Toronto Arenas (1918–19)||1–2–0|
|14||L||February 4, 1919||3–6||@ Toronto Arenas (1918–19)||1–3–0|
|15||W||February 8, 1919||4–3||Ottawa Senators (1918–19)||2–3–0|
|16||L||February 11, 1919||4–6||@ Toronto Arenas (1918–19)||2–4–0|
|17||L||February 13, 1919||0–7||@ Ottawa Senators (1918–19)||2–5–0|
|18||W||February 15, 1919||8–2||Toronto Arenas (1918–19)||3–5–0|
Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
|February 22||Ottawa Senators||4||Montreal Canadiens||8|
|February 27||Ottawa Senators||3||Montreal Canadiens||5|
|March 1||Montreal Canadiens||5||Ottawa Senators||3|
|March 3||Montreal Canadiens||3||Ottawa Senators||6|
|March 6||Ottawa Senators||2||Montreal Canadiens||4|
Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1 for the O'Brien Cup
Montreal Canadiens vs. Seattle Metropolitans
|March 19||Montreal Canadiens||0||Seattle Metropolitans||7|
|March 22||Seattle Metropolitans||2||Montreal Canadiens||4|
|March 24||Montreal Canadiens||2||Seattle Metropolitans||7|
|March 26||Seattle Metropolitans||0||Montreal Canadiens||0||20:00 OT|
|March 30||Montreal Canadiens||4||Seattle Metropolitans||3||15:57 OT|
Series ended 2–2–1 and no winner awarded – playoffs were curtailed due to the influenza epidemic
Awards and recordsEdit
- O'Brien Cup - NHL champions
- Georges Vezina
- Amos Arbour, Billy Bell, Louis Berlinquette, Odie Cleghorn, Bert Corbeau, Billy Coutu, Fred Doherty, Joe Hall, Newsy Lalonde, Joe Malone, Jack McDonald, Didier Pitre
Source: Mouton, p. 153
- 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.
|1918–19 NHL season by team|
|NHL||Montreal • Ottawa • Toronto|
|See also||Stanley Cup Finals|