1906–07 Ottawa Hockey Club season

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1906–07 Ottawa Hockey Club
League 2nd ECAHA
1906–07 record 7–3–0
 Team information
Coach Alf Smith
Captain Harvey Pulford
Arena Dey's Arena
Team leaders
Goals Harry Smith (21)
Goals against average Percy LeSueur (5.4)
<1905–06 1907–08>

The 1906–07 Ottawa Hockey Club season lasted from January 3 until March 10. Ottawa placed second to the Montreal Wanderers who went through the season undefeated.

Off-season[edit]

Frank McGee of Ottawa retired to pursue his government career.

Regular season[edit]

Highlights[edit]

A major battle took place for the game between the Senators and Wanderers on January 12. Stick work was the order of the day as Charles Spittal of Ottawa knocked Cecil Blachford in the head, Alf Smith hit Hod Stuart in the head and Harry Smith broke Ernie Johnson's nose. The Wanderers would still win, 4–2. Blachford, Johnson and Stuart all required hospitalization.

After the game, a special league meeting was called to hand out discipline, with Victorias and Wanderers wanting Spittal and Alf Smith suspended for the season. The players were not suspended, leading the league president Mr. McRobie to resign, leaving D'arcy McGee to take over as president. Ottawa had threatened to leave the league, and, under an agreement between the two teams, the Wanderers would have left the league also.

On the next visit of the Ottawa team to Montreal, to play the Victorias, the three Ottawa players were arrested by Montreal police. Eventually Alf Smith and Spittal were fined $20 for their actions and Harry Smith was found not guilty.

Final standings[edit]

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Wanderers
10
10
0
0
105
39
Ottawa Hockey Club
10
7
3
0
76
54
Montreal Victorias
10
6
4
0
101
70
Montreal Hockey Club
10
3
7
0
58
83
Quebec Hockey Club
10
2
8
0
62
88
Montreal Shamrocks
10
2
8
0
52
120

Exhibitions[edit]

Prior to the season, Ottawa travelled to Winnipeg for a series of exhibition games against Manitoba league teams including the Kenora Thistles, who then came east to play a challenge in Montreal.[1] On December 31, the Ottawas defeated Kenora 10–5. On January 1, the Ottawas were defeated by the Winnipeg Strathconas 9–6.

After the Kenora Thistles defeated the Wanderers for the Stanley Cup, they played an exhibition game against Ottawa in Ottawa on January 23. Kenora, without defenseman Art Ross, lost to Ottawa 8–3.[2] Harry Smith scored four goals and Harry Westwick scored three for Ottawa.[3] In the game Billy McGimsie suffered a career-ending shoulder injury. At the time, it was not described as serious, only a "badly bruised and slightly dislocated shoulder".[3] He played in the Thistles' next exhibition in Toronto on January 25.[4]

After the season, Harry Westwick and Alf Smith joined the Thistles for the last few games of the MHL season, and the Thistles' unsuccessful Stanley Cup challenge against the Wanderers.

January 23, 1907
Kenora Thistles 5 at Ottawa Hockey Club 6
Eddie Geroux G Percy Lesueur
R. Phillips P Charlie Ross
Si Griffis CP Harvey Pulford
Tom Hooper 1 RO Harry Westwick 3
Billy McGimsie C Harry Smith 4
Roxy Beaudro RW Alf Smith 1
Tommy Phillips, Capt. 2 LW Hamby Shore
Referee: Weldy Young
Umpires: R. Pringle & J. Kelvin
Source: Ottawa Journal[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 5 Quebec 1 Ottawa 6
12 Ottawa 2 Wanderers 4
19 Shamrocks 2 Ottawa 6
26 Ottawa 12 Victorias 10
Feb. 2 Montreal 2 Ottawa 5
9 Ottawa 5 Quebec 4 (2' overtime)
16 Victorias 7 Ottawa 16
23 Ottawa 12 Shamrocks 6
Mar. 2 Wanderers 10 Ottawa 6
9 Ottawa 6 Montreal 8

Player statistics[edit]

Goalkeeper averages[edit]

Name GP GA SO Avg.
Percy LeSueur 10 54 5.4

Leading scorers[edit]

Name Club GP G
Smith, Harry Ottawa 9 21
Smith, Alf Ottawa 9 17
Shore, Hamby Ottawa 10 17

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc. NHL. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew: Lord Stanley Cup, Fenn Publishing Company, 2004
  • Shea, Kevin; Wilson, John Jason (2006). Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup. Fenn Publishing Company, Ltd. ISBN 1-55168-281-8. 
  1. ^ "Kenora Didn't Stay". The Globe. January 1, 1907. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "World's Champions Beaten". The Globe. January 24, 1907. p. 11. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ottawas Won From Thistles". Ottawa Journal. January 24, 1907. p. 2. 
  4. ^ "Cup Holders Won". Ottawa Journal. January 26, 1907. p. 2.