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1918–19 Toronto Arenas · NHL
1918–19 record 5-13-0 (overall)
Goals for 65
Goals against 92
General Manager Charles Querrie
Coach Dick Carroll
Arena Arena Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Alf Skinner (12)
Assists Ken Randall (6)
Points Alf Skinner (15)
Penalties in minutes Rusty Crawford (51)
Wins Bert Lindsay (5)
Goals against average Hap Holmes (4.50)

The 1918–19 Toronto Arenas season was the second season of the Toronto franchise of the National Hockey League. After being operated on a temporary basis in the previous year, the team became a formal entity, known as the 'Toronto Arena Hockey Club.' The club played 18 games and suspended operations.

Regular seasonEdit

When Toronto won the Cup in 1917–18, a monkey wrench had been thrown into the other owners' scheme to get rid of Eddie Livingstone. His team was estimated now to be worth $20,000, and Livingstone demanded that. The Arena Gardens offered $7,000, but Livingstone sued the Arena and Charlie Querrie for the $20,000. A league meeting of the old NHA proved futile as heated arguments broke out between Livingstone and the other owners. The old NHA was extinguished. However, George Kennedy gave some ground, saying that if Livingstone dropped his lawsuits, he might be allowed in the league. In the meantime, Hubert Vearncombe, treasurer of the Toronto Arena Company formed the separate Toronto Arena HC. This separated the hockey club from the Livingstone lawsuits, though the franchise still used Livingstone's players without permission.

It was announced on February 18, that Ken Randall and Harry Meeking had signed with Glace Bay of the Maritime League with the Arenas' permission. The game that night was attended by only 1,000 fans watching a 4–3 overtime loss to Ottawa. After a follow-up game in Ottawa on February 20, lost 9–3, manager Querrie announced that the club sought to withdraw from the NHL season[1] and this was agreed to by Ottawa and Montreal.[2] The NHL season ended at 18 games, with Montreal and Ottawa to play off for the championship.

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

First HalfEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 December 23 Montreal Canadiens 4–3 Toronto Arenas 0–1–0 0
2 December 26 Toronto Arenas 2–5 Ottawa Senators 0–2–0 0
3 December 28 Toronto Arenas 3–6 Montreal Canadiens 0–3–0 0
4 December 31 Ottawa Senators 2–4 Toronto Arenas 1–3–0 2
5 January 7 Montreal Canadiens 7–6 Toronto Arenas 1–4–0 2
6 January 9 Toronto Arenas 2–4 Ottawa Senators 1–5–0 2
7 January 11 Toronto Arenas 4–13 Montreal Canadiens 1–6–0 2
8 January 14 Ottawa Senators 2–5 Toronto Arenas 2–6–0 4
9 January 21 Montreal Canadiens 3–11 Toronto Arenas 3–6–0 6
10 January 23 Toronto Arenas 2–3 Ottawa Senators 3–7–0 6

Second HalfEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 January 28 Ottawa Senators 2–1 Toronto Arenas 0–1–0 0
2 February 1 Toronto Arenas 0–10 Montreal Canadiens 0–2–0 0
3 February 4 Montreal Canadiens 3–6 Toronto Arenas 1–2–0 2
4 February 6 Toronto Arenas 1–3 Ottawa Senators 1–3–0 2
5 February 11 Montreal Canadiens 4–6 Toronto Arenas 2–3–0 4
6 February 15 Toronto Arenas 2–8 Montreal Canadiens 2–4–0 4
7 February 18 Ottawa Senators 4–3 Toronto Arenas 2–5–0 4
8 February 20 Toronto Arenas 3–9 Ottawa Senators 2–6–0 4

PlayoffsEdit

The Arenas did not qualify for the playoffs.

Player statsEdit

ScorersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Alf Skinner 17 12 4 16 26
Reg Noble 17 10 5 15 35
Ken Randall 14 8 6 14 27
Corb Denneny 16 8 3 11 15
Rusty Crawford 18 7 4 11 51
Harry Meeking 14 7 3 10 32
Harry Cameron 7 6 2 8 9
Jack Adams 17 3 3 6 35
Harry Mummery 13 2 0 2 30
Hap Holmes 2 0 0 0 0
Paul Jacobs 1 0 0 0 0
Bert Lindsay 16 0 0 0 0
Dave Ritchie 4 0 0 0 9

[3]


ReferencesEdit

  • Holzman, Morey; Joseph Nieforth (2002). Deceptions and doublecross : how the NHL conquered hockey. Toronto, ON, Canada: Dundurn Press. ISBN 1–55002–413–2. 
  • 1918-19 National Hockey League [NHL]. hockeydb.com. Retrieved on 2008-08-29.
  1. "Arenas Wish to Withdraw", The Globe, February 21, 1919, p. 11. 
  2. "Ottawa Consents to Withdrawal", The Globe, February 21, 1919, p. 11. 
  3. 1918-19 Toronto Arenas Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-26.

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