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1914–15 NHA season
|1914–15 NHA season|
|League||National Hockey Association|
|Duration||December 26, 1914 – March 13, 1915|
|Number of games||20|
|Number of teams||6|
|Top scorer||Tommy Smith (40)|
The 1914–15 NHA season was the sixth season of the National Hockey Association and played from December 26, 1914, until March 3, 1915. Each team played 20 games. The Ottawa Senators won the NHA championship in a two-game, total goal playoff against the Montreal Wanderers. The Senators, however fell to the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in the Stanley Cup championship. It was the second 'World's Series' between the NHA and the PCHA for the Stanley Cup.
At a meeting on March 30, 1914, held with the PCHA executives, the league decided:
- adopt the lines separating the three zones for off-side purposes
- to continue in six-man hockey, while the PCHA will continue in seven-man hockey
- to drop fines in general for infractions and use minutes off
- no player to come within five feet of players facing off
- no face-offs closer than 10 feet from the goaltender
- puck played after rebounding from goalkeeper no longer is offside
Source: Toronto Globe
At the November meeting of the league, the NHA decided:
- charging a player into the boards is a major foul,
- match foul penalized by 10 minutes off and $15 fine.
Along with Montreal Nationals president A. L. Caron, player Art Ross attempted to organize a new hockey league with teams in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Boston. The arena owners in all of the cities turned down the new league and killed the idea. Ross was suspended by the NHA, but by January 7, Mr. Ross was reinstated. He signed with Ottawa.
The Ontarios changed their team name to Shamrocks from the February 3 game forward.
A record long overtime game was played in Quebec on January 13 between Quebec and the Canadiens. Quebec defeated Montreal 3–2 after 50 minutes and 28 seconds of overtime, on a goal by Jack McDonald. Coach Jack Laviolette had to take over for Georges Vezina after Vezina was penalized.
The Ontarios had to forfeit their February 3 game with the Wanderers after the McNamara brothers took a personal leave to attend their fathers' funeral. Owner Eddie Livingstone of the Ontarios asked for a postponement but the Wanderers refused.
|Toronto Hockey Club||20||8||12||0||66||84|
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Montreal and Ottawa played a two-game total-goals series to determine the league championship. In the first game, Ottawa's Art Ross scored in the first period to give the Senators the lead which they would not relinquish. In the second, Angus Duford scored to push the lead to 2–0 after two periods, and Horace Merrill and Jack Darragh scored to make it 4–0. In the second game, the Wanderers' Donald Smith scored in the second period, but the Senators held the Wanderers off with tight checking to win the series 4–1 on goals.
|Game-by-Game||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|1||March 10||Ottawa Senators||4–0||Montreal Wanderers||The Arena, Ottawa|
|2||March 13||Montreal Wanderers||1–0||Ottawa Senators||Montreal Arena, Montreal|
|Senators win series 4–1.|
For the win, Ottawa was awarded the O'Brien Cup. Since the NHA champion of 1914 was the defending champion of the Stanley Cup, Ottawa now took possession and defence of the Stanley Cup as well. The Senators engraved their series win over the Wanderers on the Stanley Cup and travelled to Vancouver for the world championship series against the Vancouver Millionaires.
Stanley Cup Final
As the 1914 Final was held in Toronto, all three games in this series were played at the arena of the PCHA's champion in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Millionaires swept the best-of-five series in three games.
|Game-by-Game||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Rules Used||Location|
|1||March 22||Vancouver Millionaires||6–2||Ottawa Senators||PCHA||Denman Arena, Vancouver|
|2||March 24||Vancouver Millionaires||8–3||Ottawa Senators||NHA|
|3||March 26||Vancouver Millionaires||12–3||Ottawa Senators||PCHA|
|Millionaires win best-of-five series 3 games to 0|
Schedule and results
|9||Toronto||1||Ottawa||2 (18' OT)|
|9||Quebec||2||Ontarios||3 (5' OT)|
|9||Canadiens||4||Wanderers||5 (6'45" OT)|
|13||Canadiens||3||Quebec||4 (50'20" OT)|
|24||Wanderers||4||Quebec||5 (2' OT)|
|Mar.||3||Quebec||3||Ottawa||4 (25" OT)|
† Defaulted to Wanderers.
Source: Coleman, pp. 272–273.
|Tommy Smith||Toronto Shamrocks
|Didier Pitre||Montreal Canadiens||20||30||4||34||15|
|Gordon Roberts||Montreal Wanderers||19||29||5||34||74|
|Sprague Cleghorn||Montreal Wanderers||19||21||12||33||51|
|Harry Hyland||Montreal Wanderers||19||23||6||29||49|
|Punch Broadbent||Ottawa Senators||20||24||3||27||115|
|Cully Wilson||Toronto Blueshirts||20||22||5||27||138|
|Odie Cleghorn||Montreal Wanderers||15||21||5||26||39|
|Rusty Crawford||Quebec Bulldogs||20||18||8||26||30|
|Skene Ronan||Toronto Shamrocks||18||21||4||25||55|
- 1914–15 PCHA season
- National Hockey Association
- List of pre-NHL seasons
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc. NHL.
- "Pro Hockey Leagues Do Away With Fines". The Globe. Toronto. April 1, 1914. p. 12.
- Coleman(1966), pg. 271
- Standings: Coleman, Charles (1966). Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1, 1893-1926 inc. National Hockey League. p. 273.
- "Ottawas Win Four Goal Lead Over Wanderers". Montreal Gazette. March 11, 1915. p. 12.
- "Ottawa On Defensive To Win Championship". Montreal Gazette. March 14, 1915. p. 14.
- "Play Was Rough". Montreal Gazette. March 14, 1915. p. 14.
- "Wanderers Win First on New York Series". The Globe. March 19, 1915. p. 9.
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