1923 Stanley Cup Finals

1923 Stanley Cup Finals
1 2 Total
Ottawa Senators (NHL) 2 1 2
Edmonton Eskimos (WCHL) 1 0 0
Location(s) Vancouver: Denman Arena
Format best-of-three
Coaches Ottawa: Pete Green
Edmonton: Ken McKenzine
Captains Ottawa: Eddie Gerard
Edmonton: Duke Keats
Dates March 29–31
Series-winning goal Punch Broadbent (11:23, first)

The 1923 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the NHL champion Ottawa Senators and the WCHL champion Edmonton Eskimos. The previous WCHL-PCHA playoff format was abandoned, and the Ottawa Senators now had to play first the PCHA champion Vancouver Maroons, followed by the WCHL champion Edmonton Eskimos in the Finals.

This was the last Finals series until the 1983 Stanley Cup Finals to be contested by a team from Edmonton. Both games were played in Vancouver, making this the last Finals until 2020 played entirely at a neutral site (the 1924 and 1925 Finals each featured one neutral site game).

Paths to the Finals

In the NHL playoff, the Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens in a 2-game total-goal series by a close 3–2 score in the series.

The playoff format of the previous year where the PCHA champion met the WCHL champion prior to playing the NHL champion was abandoned. Therefore, for this year, the PCHA champions were given the chance to play the NHL champion in a best-of-three series. The Senators then defeated Vancouver 3 games to 1 in the semi-finals.

Game summaries

In the first game, Edmonton was leading 1–0, on a goal by Crutchy Morrison, before Lionel Hitchman scored in the third period to tie the game. Duke Keats of Edmonton was awarded a penalty shot during the game, but failed to score. Cy Denneny scored after two minutes of overtime to win the game for the Senators.[1]

In the second game, the Senators got a first-period goal from Harry Broadbent and made it stand to the end of the game, playing six-man defence. The shots were recorded; 21, 14 and 13 for a total of 48 by the Senators, and 25, 18, and 25 for a total of 68 by Edmonton.[2] Several players could not play the whole game, including Eddie Gerard and Georges Boucher. Lionel Hitchman played the game with his broken nose in a plaster. Harry Helman played despite a cut to his face from Frank Nighbor's skates, incurred in practice. Cy Denneny had been cut in the leg by the skate of Vancouver's Smokey Harris.[3] 'Super-sub' King Clancy took a turn in all positions, including goal for Clint Benedict in the third period for two minutes when Benedict was serving a penalty. At the time goalies had to serve their own penalties. This is only time that a player played all six positions in a Stanley Cup Finals game.[citation needed]

Ottawa won series 2–0

Stanley Cup engraving

The 1923 Stanley Cup was presented by the trophy's trustee William Foran. The Senators never did engrave their name on the Cup for their championship season.

It was not until the trophy was redesigned in 1948 that the words "1923 Ottawa Senators" was put onto its then-new collar.

The following Senators players and staff were eligible to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

1922–23 Ottawa Senators


Stanley Cup engraving

The Senators never did engrave their name on the Cup for their 1923 championship. It was not until the trophy was redesigned in 1948 that the words "1923 Ottawa Senators" was put onto its then-new collar.

See also


  • Diamond, Dan (2000). Total Stanley Cup. Toronto: Total Sports Canada. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-892129-07-9.
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
  • "All-Time NHL Results".
  1. ^ "Ottawa Beat Eskimos in Overtime Game, 2–1". The Globe. March 30, 1923. p. 8.
  2. ^ "Ottawa Retains Canadian Title; Many handicaps overcome by best professional team in existence". The Globe. April 2, 1923. p. 12.
  3. ^ "How Ottawa Overcame Numerous Handicaps". The Globe. April 3, 1923. p. 8.

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