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26-27DetCou
1926–27 Detroit Cougars · NHL
Division 5th American
1926–27 record 12–28–4
Home record 6–15–1
Road record 6–13–3
Goals for 76
Goals against 105
General Manager Art Duncan
Coach Art Duncan
Captain Art Duncan
Arena Border Cities Arena
Average attendance 4,400
Team leaders
Goals John Sheppard (13)
Assists John Sheppard (8)
Gordon "Duke" Keats (8)
Points John Sheppard (21)
Penalties in minutes John Sheppard (60)
Wins Hap Holmes (11)
Goals against average Herb Stuart (1.67)

The 1926–27 Detroit Cougars season was the first season of National Hockey League (NHL) hockey in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Cougars scored 28 points, finished at the bottom of the American Division as well as the league and failed to make the playoffs in their inaugural year.

FoundingEdit

On May 15, 1926, the city of Detroit was granted a license to start an NHL franchise and begin play for the upcoming season. A group of investors from Detroit led by Charles A. Hughes, decided to purchase one of the most successful teams from the bankrupt Western Canada Hockey League. The Victoria Cougars had won the Stanley Cup in 1925, breaking the six year reign of only NHL teams winning the cup. (As of 2008, the 1925 Cougars are the last non-NHL team to win the Stanley Cup.) The investment group decided to buy the team on September 25, 1926 and keep the Cougars name, while relocating to Detroit.

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Ad for the opening game.

Regular seasonEdit

Olympia Stadium wasn't finished being built in time for the 1926–27 season, so the Cougars began play in Border Cities Arena right across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario. The team struggled as the players adjusted to the style of play in the NHL and the team finished with only twelve wins on the season and over $80,000 in debt. The team's total of 28 points is the lowest total points for a season in the Detroit Red Wings' franchise history.

Final standingsEdit

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Rangers 44 25 13 6 95 72 56
Boston Bruins 44 21 20 3 97 89 45
Chicago Black Hawks 44 19 22 3 115 116 41
Pittsburgh Pirates 44 15 26 3 79 108 33
Detroit Cougars 44 12 28 4 76 105 28
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.

For complete final standings, see 1926–27 NHL season

Game logEdit

NovemberEdit

Record: 3–2–0; Home: 1–1–0; Road: 2–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
1 November 18 Boston 2 – 0 Detroit 0–1–0 0
2 November 20 Detroit 1 – 4 Pittsburgh 0–2–0 0
3 November 24 Detroit 1 – 0 Chicago 1–2–0 2
4 November 27 NY Americans 2 – 4 Detroit 2–2–0 4
5 November 30 Detroit 4 – 0 Mtl. Maroons 3–2–0 6

DecemberEdit

Record: 2–6–1; Home: 1–4–0; Road: 1–2–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
6 December 4 NY Rangers 0 – 1 Detroit 4–2–0 8
7 December 9 Ottawa 3 – 1 Detroit 4–3–0 8
8 December 11 NY Americans 4 – 2 Detroit 4–4–0 8
9 December 14 Detroit 2 – 7 Boston 4–5–0 8
10 December 16 Detroit 5 – 0 Ottawa 5–5–0 10
11 December 19 Detroit 1 – 1 NY Rangers OT 5–5–1 11
12 December 23 Mtl. Canadiens 3 – 2 Detroit 5–6–1 11
13 December 25 Detroit 0 – 2 Chicago 5–7–1 11
14 December 30 Mtl. Maroons 2 – 0 Detroit 5–8–1 11

JanuaryEdit

Record: 3–8–1; Home: 1–2–0; Road: 2–6–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
15 January 1 Pittsburgh 3 – 2 Detroit 5–9–1 11
16 January 4 Toronto 2 – 1 Detroit 5–10–1 11
17 January 6 Detroit 3 – 1 Pittsburgh 6–10–1 13
18 January 9 Detroit 1 – 4 NY Rangers 6–11–1 13
19 January 11 Detroit 1 – 0 NY Americans OT 7–11–1 15
20 January 13 Boston 2 – 3 Detroit 8–11–1 17
21 January 15 Detroit 1 – 1 Toronto OT 8–11–2 18
22 January 18 Detroit 3 – 5 Mtl. Canadiens 8–12–2 18
23 January 22 Detroit 0 – 1 Pittsburgh 8–13–2 18
24 January 25 Detroit 1 – 2 Mtl. Maroons 8–14–2 18
25 January 27 Detroit 1 – 3 Ottawa 8–15–2 18
26 January 29 Detroit 0 – 2 NY Rangers 8–16–2 18

FebruaryEdit

Record: 2–6–0; Home: 2–4–0; Road: 0–2–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
27 February 1 Chicago 3 – 4 Detroit OT 9–16–2 20
28 February 8 Detroit 0 – 2 Boston 9–17–2 20
29 February 12 Mtl. Canadiens 4 – 1 Detroit 9–18–2 20
30 February 15 Toronto 1 – 5 Detroit 10–18–2 22
31 February 17 Ottawa 2 – 1 Detroit 10–19–2 22
32 February 19 Chicago 4 – 1 Detroit 10–20–2 22
33 February 22 Detroit 2 – 3 Boston 10–21–2 22
34 February 24 Mtl. Maroons 2 – 0 Detroit 10–22–2 22

MarchEdit

Record: 2–6–2; Home: 1–4–1; Road: 1–2–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
35 March 1 Detroit 0 – 3 Mtl. Canadiens 10–23–2 22
36 March 5 Detroit 2 – 4 Toronto 10–24–2 22
37 March 8 Chicago 4 – 1 Detroit 10–25–2 22
38 March 10 Pittsburgh 1 – 7 Detroit 11–25–2 24
39 March 13 NY Rangers 2 – 2 Detroit OT 11–25–3 25
40 March 15 Detroit 1 – 0 NY Americans 12–25–3 27
41 March 17 NY Rangers 2 – 0 Detroit 12–26–3 27
42 March 19 Boston 3 – 1 Detroit 12–27–3 27
43 March 22 Detroit 3 – 3 Chicago OT 12–27–4 28
44 March 26 Pittsburgh 6 – 4 Detroit OT 12–28–4 28
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • Yellow background indicates tie.

PlayoffsEdit

The Detroit Cougars failed to make the playoffs.

Player statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
John Sheppard F 43 13 8 21 60 -- -- -- -- --
Gordon "Duke" Keats* C 25 11 8 19 42 -- -- -- -- --
Frank Foyston C 41 10 5 15 16 -- -- -- -- --
Clem Loughlin D 34 7 3 10 40 -- -- -- -- --
Fred Gordon RW 36 5 5 10 28 -- -- -- -- --
Frank Fredrickson* C 16 4 6 10 12 -- -- -- -- --
Archie Briden* LW 32 5 2 7 36 -- -- -- -- --
Jack Walker F 37 3 4 7 6 -- -- -- -- --
Pete Bellefeuille* RW 18 6 0 6 14 -- -- -- -- --
Jack Arbour D 37 4 1 5 46 -- -- -- -- --
Art Duncan D 34 3 2 5 26 -- -- -- -- --
Russell Oatman* LW 14 3 0 3 12 -- -- -- -- --
Harold "Slim" Halderson* D 18 2 0 2 29 -- -- -- -- --
Chapman "Hobie" Kitchen F 17 0 2 2 42 -- -- -- -- --
James Riley* D 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Harold "Gizzy" Hart* LW 6 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Harry Meeking* D 6 0 0 0 4 -- -- -- -- --

*Stats reflect games played with Detroit only.

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP = Games olayed; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Hap Holmes 41 2685 11 26 4 100 6 2.23 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Herb Stuart 3 180 1 2 0 5 0 1.67 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Awards and recordsEdit

Trophies and awardsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

TransactionsEdit

The Cougars were involved in the following transactions during the 1926–27 season.

TradesEdit

October 18, 1926 To Detroit Cougars
Art Duncan
To Montreal Canadiens
Gord Fraser
Art Gagne
October 27, 1926 To Detroit Cougars
Fred Gordon
To Saskatoon Crescents (WHL)
Cash
December 12, 1926 To Detroit Cougars
Cash
To Montreal Canadiens
Harold "Gizzy" Hart
January 6, 1927 To Detroit Cougars
Cash
To Montreal Maroons
Russell Oatman
January 7, 1927 To Detroit Cougars
Archie Briden
Gordon "Duke" Keats
To Boston Bruins
Frank Fredrickson
Harry Meeking
January 7, 1927 To Detroit Cougars
Pete Bellefeuille
To Toronto St. Pats
Harold "Slim" Halderson

RosterEdit

1926–27 Detroit Red Wings Roster

Goaltenders:

1 Holmes • 14 Stuart 

Defensemen

2 Loughlin • 3 Halderson • 4 Meeking • 8 Duncan • 11 Riley • 15 Arbour •

Forwards

3 Bellefeuille • 4 Briden • 5 Fredrickson • 5 Keats • 6 Walker • 7 Oatman • 9 Sheppard • 10 Foyston • 11 Kitchen • 12 Gordon • 13 Hart •

General ManagerArt Duncan •  CoachArt Duncan

See alsoEdit

Detroit Red Wings seasons
Detroit Cougars 1926-27 • 1927-28 • 1928-29 • 1929-30
Detroit Falcons 1930-31 • 1931-32
Detroit Red Wings 1932-33 • 1933-34 • 1934-35 • 1935-36 • 1936-37 • 1937-38 • 1938-39 • 1939-40 • 1940-41 • 1941-42 • 1942-43 • 1943-44 • 1944-45 • 1945-46 • 1946-47 • 1947-48 • 1948-49 • 1949-50 • 1950-51 • 1951-52 • 1952-53 • 1953-54 • 1954-55 • 1955-56 • 1956-57 • 1957-58 • 1958-59 • 1959-60 • 1960-61 • 1961-62 • 1962-63 • 1963-64 • 1964-65 • 1965-66 • 1966-67 • 1967-68 • 1968-69 • 1969-70 • 1970-71 • 1971-72 • 1972-73 • 1973-74 • 1974-75 • 1975-76 • 1976-77 • 1977-78 • 1978-79 • 1979-80 • 1980-81 • 1981-82 • 1982-83 • 1983-84 • 1984-85 • 1985-86 • 1986-87 • 1987-88 • 1988-89 • 1989-90 • 1990-91 • 1991-92 • 1992-93 • 1993-94 • 1994-95 • 1995-96 • 1996-97 • 1997-98 • 1998-99 • 1999-00 • 2000-01 • 2001-02 • 2002-03 • 2003-04 • 2004-05 • 2005-06 • 2006-07 • 2007-08


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