New York Wanderers

New York Wanderers
City New York City, New York
League American Amateur Hockey League, 1903–1905
Colors Crimson Red, White
Red, Green, Blue, White[1]
New York Wanderers in 1904.
New York Wanderers in 1909–10. Cooper Smeaton is in the middle of the top row. Cleghorn brothers Sprague and Odie are seated at right in the front row.

The New York Wanderers were an amateur ice hockey team from Manhattan, New York City. The New York Wanderers played seven seasons in the American Amateur Hockey League between 1903 and 1914 and won the championship title in 1903–04.[2]

1896 Stanley Cup champion (with the Winnipeg Victorias) Tom Howard played with the Wanderers in 1903–04 & 1904–05 and helped the team win a league championship title in 1904.


The New York Wanderers formed prior to the 1903–04 AAHL season when four of the best players (Tom Howard, Max Hornfeck, Charlie Clarke and Jack Carruthers) on the New York Athletic Club deserted the team and joined with St. Nicholas Hockey Club players Ken Gordon and Harold Hayward to start a new aggregation.[3] The Wanderers took the place of the St. Nicholas Hockey Club in the AAHL for the 1903–04 season (although the St. Nicholas HC would be back in the AAHL for the 1905–06 season).[4]

Sprague Cleghorn, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958, and his brother Odie Cleghorn played for the New York Wanderers in the 1909–10 season. Cooper Smeaton (referee-in-chief in the NHL from 1917 until 1937 and a Hockey Hall of Fame member) was also a member of the 1909–10 Wanderers team.

John McGrath, secretary and political advisor to Theodore Roosevelt between 1912–1916, was a member of the club in 1911–12.



  1. ^ "New York A.C. wins in rough hockey" The New York Times, January 8, 1910.
  2. ^ Spalding's official ice hockey guide 1918 at
  3. ^ "Hockey stars desert New York A. C. team" The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 28, 1903.
  4. ^ "First league hockey to-morrow night" The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 21, 1903.

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