1922–23 NHL season

1922–23 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration December 16, 1922 – March 9, 1923
Number of games 24
Number of teams 4
Regular season
Season champions Ottawa Senators
Top scorer Babe Dye (St. Patricks)
O'Brien Cup
Champions Ottawa Senators
  Runners-up Montreal Canadiens
NHL seasons

The 1922–23 NHL season was the sixth season of the National Hockey League. Four teams played 24 games each. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens for the NHL championship, and then defeated Vancouver and Edmonton to win the Stanley Cup.

Regular season

At the start of the season, Newsy Lalonde found himself moving west as the Montreal Canadiens traded him to the Saskatoon Sheiks of the Western Canada Hockey League for a rising young star named Aurel Joliat.[1] Joliat would help the Canadiens win the second playoff spot over the St. Patricks. Joliat scored two goals in his first game with the Canadiens, but Babe Dye had five goals in the Toronto St. Patricks' 7–2 win. Joliat finished with 12 goals and 21 points in 24 games.[2]

On January 31, 1923, the Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Tigers played the first penalty-free game in NHL history, a 5–4 Montreal victory.

On February 14, 1923, CFCA, the radio station of the Toronto Daily Star, broadcast the third period of the Senators-St. Patricks game in Toronto. This was the first radio broadcast of an NHL game. The broadcaster has not been identified, but it may have been Norman Albert who broadcast the Midland-North Toronto game February 8 from the Toronto Arena.[3]

On February 17, 1923, Cy Denneny of Ottawa scored his 143rd goal, surpassing Joe Malone as the all-time goal-scoring leader as the Ottawa Senators shut out the Montreal Canadiens 2–0.


National Hockey League
Ottawa Senators 24 14 9 1 29 77 54
Montreal Canadiens 24 13 9 2 28 73 61
Toronto St. Patricks 24 13 10 1 27 82 88
Hamilton Tigers 24 6 18 0 12 81 110

[4][5] 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.


This was the second year in which the Stanley Cup playoffs involved three leagues. The previous year saw all three second place teams win their respective leagues. This year, it was all the first place teams. The NHL total goals playoffs for the O'Brien Cup were won by the Ottawa Senators 3 goals to 2, despite the dirty play of several Montreal Canadiens players. (citation needed) The Pacific Coast Hockey Association abandoned its seven-man hockey in favour of the six-man rules used in the NHL and the Western Canada Hockey League. This allowed the PCHA and the WCHL to play interleague games. Despite playing interleague games, the two separate leagues kept their own standings. The newly renamed Vancouver Maroons won the PCHA championship and the Edmonton Eskimos won the WCHL championship.[6]

NHL Championship

Ottawa won the series on total goals 3-2

Stanley Cup playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs were played in Vancouver. There, the WCHL champions received the privilege of battling the winner between Ottawa and Vancouver. In the end, Ottawa prevailed over both Western opponents to win their eighth Stanley Cup (third as a member of the NHL). Injuries had thinned the Senators line-up, and after seeing the gritty show put on by the undermanned Senators, Vancouver head coach Frank Patrick called them the greatest team he had ever seen.

Ottawa won the series 3-1

Stanley Cup Finals

Ottawa won the series 2-0

NHL Playoff scoring leader

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Punch Broadbent Ottawa Senators 8 6 1 7


O'Brien Cup — Ottawa Senators

Player statistics

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; PIM = Penalties in minutes; Pts = Points

Name Team GP G A PIM Pts
Babe Dye Toronto St. Patricks 22 26 11 19 37
Cy Denneny Ottawa Senators 24 23 11 28 34
Billy Boucher Montreal Canadiens 24 24 7 55 31
Jack Adams Toronto St. Patricks 23 19 9 42 28
Mickey Roach Hamilton Tigers 24 17 10 8 27
Odie Cleghorn Montreal Canadiens 24 19 6 18 25
George Boucher Ottawa Senators 24 14 9 58 23
Reg Noble Toronto St. Patricks 24 12 11 47 23
Cully Wilson Hamilton Tigers 23 16 5 46 21
Aurel Joliat Montreal Canadiens 24 12 9 37 21

Source: NHL[2]

Leading goaltenders

GP = Games Played, GA = Goals Against, Mins = Minutes played, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals Against Average

Name Team GP Mins W L T GA SO GAA
Clint Benedict Ottawa Senators 24 1486 14 9 1 54 4 2.18
Georges Vezina Montreal Canadiens 24 1488 13 9 2 61 2 2.46
John Ross Roach Toronto St. Patricks 24 1469 13 10 1 88 1 3.59
Jake Forbes Hamilton Tigers 24 1470 6 18 0 110 0 4.49

Source: NHL[7]



The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1922–23 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1922–23 (listed with their last team):

Free agency

Date Players Team
January 30, 1923 Billy Burch Hamilton Tigers
February 23, 1923 Lionel Hitchman Ottawa Senators


September 18, 1922 To Saskatoon Crescents (WCHL)
Newsy Lalonde
To Montreal Canadiens
Aurel Joliat
cash ($3,500)
October 1, 1922 To Hamilton Tigers
Bert Corbeau
To Montreal Canadiens

See also


  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Diamond, Dan, ed. (2000). Total Hockey. Total Sports. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. ISBN 978-1-894801-22-5.
  • Dryden, Steve, ed. (2000). Century of hockey. Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 0-7710-4179-9.
  • Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley; Hughes, Morgan; Romain, Joseph; Duplacey, James (2003). The Hockey Chronicle: Year-by-Year History of the National Hockey League. Publications International Inc. ISBN 0-7853-9624-1.
  • Kitchen, Paul (2008). Win, Lose or Wrangle: The Inside Story of the Old Ottawa Senators – 1883–1935. Manotick Ontario: Penumbra Press.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • McFarlane, Brian (1973). The Story of the National Hockey League. New York, NY: Pagurian Press. ISBN 0-684-13424-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  1. ^ Dryden 2000, p. 25.
  2. ^ a b Dinger 2011, p. 146.
  3. ^ Kitchen 2008, p. 246.
  4. ^ http://www.rauzulusstreet.com/hockey/nhlrecords/nhl1923.htm
  5. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al. (eds.). THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.
  6. ^ McFarlane 1973, p. 33.
  7. ^ "1922–23 Regular Season – Goalie Season Stats Leaders". NHL. Retrieved December 4, 2011.

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