1894–95 Ottawa Hockey Club season

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1894–95 Ottawa Hockey Club
League 3rd AHAC
1894–95 record 4–4–0
 Team information
Captain Weldy Young
Arena Rideau Skating Rink
Team leaders
Goals Herbert Russell (10)
Goals against average Fred Chittick
<1893–94 1895–96>

The 1895 Ottawa Hockey Club season was the club's tenth season of play. After qualifying for the final championship match in 1894, the club placed second in the league.

Team business[edit]

Former player and Stanley Cup trustee P. D. Ross was elected president of the Hockey Club for the season.[1]

Pre-season[edit]

Ottawa played four pre-season games, on December 27, 1894 at home against Montreal HC, winning 5–1. Chauncy Kirby would play goal for Ottawa. The clubs played a rematch exhibition in Montreal on December 30. In this game, spirits were high in the Victoria Skating Rink as the crowd rushed onto the ice after Ottawa tied the game 2–2. Captain Young would order Ottawa off the ice and the game did not resume.[2]

A team composed of American collegiate players visited Ottawa for a two-game series at the start of January. The first game, on January 2, 1895 was played under American rules (with a ball, and the positions titled goal, quarterback and three forwards) and was won by the Americans 5-3.[3] The second game was played under Canadian rules and was won by Ottawa 15–1.[4]

1895 team photo. Still using the triskellion insignia.
Standing: P. D. Ross, G. P. Murphy, Chauncey Kirby, Don Watters.
Seated: Jim Smellie, Alf Smith, Harvey Pulford, Weldy Young, Joe McDougall.
Bottom row: Harry Westwick, Fred Chittick, H. Russell[5]

Season[edit]

Ottawa entered the season without a regular goalie as a replacement for Albert Morel was needed. New player Fred Chittick would win the job, but the club would not keep pace with Montreal Victorias and finished second.

Highlights[edit]

A game involving Quebec was noteworthy, on February 23 against Ottawa, won by Ottawa 3–2. The game, played at Quebec, was very rough and the crowd became hostile towards the visitors. At the end of the match, the crowd pursued referee Hamilton and Umpire Findlay as they left the arena, and dragged them back to force them to declare the game a draw. Police were called to break up the demonstration. Subsequent to the match, the AHAC decided to suspend the Quebec hockey club for the rest of the season.[6]

Final Standing[edit]

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Victorias
8
6
2
0
35
20
Montreal Hockey Club
8
4
4
0
33
22
Ottawa
8
4
4
0
25
24
Montreal Crystals
8
3
4
0
21
39
Quebec††
8
0
8
0
18
27

†† Quebec team suspended after attack on officials after game of February 23.

Results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 5 Crystals 1 Ottawa 9
12 Ottawa 1 Victorias 5
19 Ottawa 2 Montreal 3
26 Quebec 0 Ottawa 1
Feb. 16 Montreal 3 Ottawa 4 12' overtime
23 Ottawa 3 Quebec 2
Mar. 2 Victorias 3 Ottawa 2
6 Ottawa 3 Crystals 7

Goalkeeper Averages[edit]

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Chittick, Fred Ottawa 6 18 1 3.0
Westwick, Harry Ottawa 2 6 3.0

Leading scorers[edit]

Name Club GP G
Russell, Herbert Ottawa 8 10
Kirby, Chauncy Ottawa 7 5
Smith, Alf Ottawa 8 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgan, Henry J. (1898). The Canadian men and women of the time a handbook of Canadian biography. Toronto, ON: W. Briggs. p. 889. 
  2. ^ "The Crowd Rushed In". Ottawa Citizen. December 31, 1894. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "A Foreign Winter Game". Ottawa Citizen. January 3, 1895. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Fifteen to One". Ottawa Citizen. January 4, 1895. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Great Ottawa Names Glitter in Lengthy History of Hockey". Ottawa Citizen. April 28, 1953. p. E02. 
  6. ^ Coleman(1966), p. 21
  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.