1906 ECAHA season

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1906 ECAHA season
League Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association
Sport ice hockey
Duration January 3, 1906 – March 10, 1906
Number of teams 6
1906
Champion Montreal Wanderers
Top scorer Harry Smith (31 goals)
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The 1906 ECAHA season was the inaugural season of the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA). Six teams played a ten game schedule. Ottawa HC and Montreal Wanderers would tie for the league championship with a record of 9–1, while the Montreal Shamrocks would not win a single game. The Senators and the Wanderers would play a two-game play-off to win the league championship, and the Stanley Cup holder. The Wanderers won the play-off 9–1,3–9 (12–10) on goals.

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Executive[edit]

Initial:

  • Howard Wilson, Montreal (President)
  • G. P. Murphy, Ottawa (1st Vice-President)
  • Dr. Cameron (2nd Vice-President)
  • James Strachan, Wanderers (Secretary-Treasurer)

After December 20:

  • Howard Wilson, Montreal (President)
  • William Northey, Montreal Arena Corp. (Secretary-Treasurer)

Rule Changes[edit]

  • Teams must appoint game timers for each game,
  • a two referee system was adopted,
  • new Arena Trophy would be awarded to the regular season winner,
  • three-quarters vote would be needed to admit new teams,
  • if a team resigns, all of its played games would be considered cancelled,
  • $25 fine for delay of start of game, and
  • $50 charge to make a protest, non-refundable.

Regular season[edit]

The Ottawas played two Cup challenges during the regular season, defeating Queen's College of Kingston, the OHA champion, and defeating Smiths Falls, the FAHL champion.

Highlights[edit]

This season saw lots of new players. Wanderers brought in Lester Patrick, Ernie Johnson and Ernie Russell and Ottawa brought in Harry and Tommy Smith.

Fred Brophy, of Montreal HC, repeated his goal-scoring performance from the goaltender position in a game against Montreal Victorias on March 7.

Again, the league was high scoring, with Harry Smith scoring 31 goals in 8 games, Russell Bowie scoring 30 goals in 9 games, and Frank McGee scoring 28 goals in 7 games. Mr. Smith scored 6 in one game, 5 in another, topped by 8 against the Shamrocks on February 17. Mr. McGee would equal the 8 goals in a game feat against Montreal HC on March 3. Seven players scored at least 5 goals in a single game.

Final standing[edit]

Playoff qualifiers in bold.

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Ottawa Hockey Club
10
9
1
0
90
42
Montreal Wanderers
10
9
1
0
74
38
Montreal Victorias
10
6
4
0
76
73
Quebec Hockey Club
10
3
7
0
57
70
Montreal Hockey Club
10
3
7
0
49
63
Montreal Shamrocks
10
0
10
0
30
90

Playoffs[edit]

Stanley Cup challenges[edit]

The Ottawas played two Cup challenges during the regular season, defeating Queen's College of Kingston, the OHA champion, and defeating Smiths Falls, the FAHL champion.

Queen's vs. Ottawa[edit]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
February 27, 1906 Ottawa HC 16–7 Queen's University Dey's Arena
February 28, 1906 Ottawa HC 12–7 Queen's University
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0

The lopsided score of the first game gave indications that the series would be quickly over. One interesting emergence was that of Marty Walsh. Walsh would help hold Ottawa to a 5-3 lead scoring two goals. In the game's second half, Ottawa broke away after the score was made 5-4 with nine unanswered goals.[1] Ottawa would win game one by a score of 16-7. The game featured many multiple goal scorers; Westwick, McGee, A. Smith and H Smith would all score four goals for the Senators, and Richardson, Dobbson, and Walsh would each score two for Queen's.

Smiths Falls vs. Ottawa[edit]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 6, 1906 Ottawa HC 6–5 Smiths Falls Dey's Arena
March 8, 1906 Ottawa HC 8–2 Smiths Falls
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0

ECAHA Playoff[edit]

As the season produced a tie for the season championship, the defending champion Ottawas and Wanderers played a two-game playoff, with the winner being awarded the Stanley Cup. The series took place on March 14 in Montreal and March 17 in Ottawa. The Wanderers would win the series 9–1, 3–9 (12–10) in dramatic fashion..

Game one

Ottawa was installed as 2–1 betting favourites, but the Wanderers upset the bookies.[2] In the first game in Montreal, the Wanderers dominated Ottawa, as Ernie Russell got four goals, Frank Glass got three and Moose Johnson would get two for a 9–1 victory.

Game two

After the first game, the Ottawas would replace their goalie Billy Hague with the Smiths Falls goalie Percy LeSueur in to play his first game for the club. Despite being down by eight goals, interest in Ottawa for the return match was high. Rush seats on sale the day of the game produced a throng that caused the ticket seller's glass to break. The venue, Dey's Arena, was modified to hold more spectators, including setting up temporary bleachers, removing the grandstand which had been used as a press box, and the installation of a press box attached to the rafters. Over 5,400 would attend the game and the top $2 tickets were being sold for $10. Betting interest was high, including one $12,000 bet.[2]

After twelve minutes, the first goal was scored by the Wanderers' Moose Johnson to increase the goal lead to nine. Ottawa's Frank McGee, Harry Smith, and McGee again scored before half-time, cutting the deficit to 10–4. Harry Smith would score to open the second half, followed by Rat Westwick. Then Westwick scored again to make it 10-7 before Harry Smith scored three straight goals to make the score 9–1, evening the series with ten minutes to play to tie the series, causing a five-minute standing ovation.[3] With seven minutes to play Smith was sent off for the rest of the game and Lester Patrick would score with ninety seconds to play to put the Wanderers back in the lead. Patrick would ice the game with a goal with a few seconds to play. The Silver Seven reign was over.[3][4]

The Toronto Globe called it the "greatest game of hockey ever played on Canadian ice, or any other."[3] The Sporting News would later dub it the "Greatest Hockey Game in History."[4] Moose Johnson would end up with the Governor-General's top hat. It had been knocked of the Earl Grey's head, and a fan had snatched it up, giving it to Johnson later in the dressing room.[5]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 14, 1906 Montreal Wanderers 9–1 Ottawa HC Montreal Arena
March 17, 1906 Ottawa HC 9–3 Montreal Wanderers Dey's Arena
Montreal wins total goals series 12 goals to 10

Because of the need for the play-off, no challenges were made against western teams until the following winter. Ottawa had won Stanley Cup challenges that season, which meant that the 1906 season would have two Stanley Cup holders: Ottawa until March, and Montreal Wanderers for the balance of the year.

Schedule and results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 3 Montreal 9 Shamrocks 3
6 Quebec 3 Ottawa 6
6 Wanderers 11 Victorias 5
10 Victorias 9 Shamrocks 7
13 Quebec 10 Victorias 11 (overtime)
13 Wanderers 4 Ottawa 8
17 Shamrocks 2 Wanderers 3 (overtime)
20 Wanderers 6 Quebec 5
20 Ottawa 4 Montreal 1
24 Victorias 11 Shamrocks 2
27 Quebec 3 Shamrocks 1
27 Victorias 6 Ottawa 11
31 Wanderers 6 Montreal 2
Feb. 3 Victorias 6 Quebec 2
3 Ottawa 3 Wanderers 5
7 Montreal 4 Shamrocks 1
10 Shamrocks 8 Quebec 14
10 Ottawa 10 Victorias 4
14 Wanderers 6 Montreal 2
17 Shamrocks 2 Ottawa 13
17 Quebec 7 Montreal 6 15'20" overtime
21 Wanderers 9 Victorias 4
25 Ottawa 9 Shamrocks 3
25 Montreal 5 Quebec 2
28 Victorias 6 Montreal 5
Mar. 3 Montreal 9 Ottawa 14
3 Quebec 6 Wanderers 9
7 Montreal 6 Victorias 14
10 Ottawa 12 Quebec 5
10 Wanderers 15 Shamrocks 1

Player statistics[edit]

Goalkeeper averages[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, GA = Goals against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals against average

Name Club GP GA SO GAA
Menard, Henri Wanderers 10 38 3.8
Hague, Billy Ottawa 10 42 4.2
Brophy, Fred Montreal 10 63 6.3
Frye, Nathan Victorias 8 52 6.5
Moran, Paddy Quebec 10 70 7.0
Kenny Shamrocks 8 64 8.0
Waugh, Oswald Victorias 2 21 10.5
Brennan, Jack Shamrocks 2 26 13.0

Leading scorers[edit]

Name Club GP G
Smith, Harry Ottawa 8 31
Bowie, Russell Victorias 9 30
McGee, Frank Ottawa 7 28
Power, Joe Quebec 10 21
Russell, Ernie Wanderers 6 21
Smaill, Walter Montreal 10 17
Patrick, Lester Wanderers 9 17
Jordan, Herb Quebec 8 16
Smith, Alf Ottawa 10 13
Johnson, Ernie Montreal 10 12

Ottawa Hockey Club January 1906 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • G.P. Murphy(President)† Robert "Bob" Shillington(Manager)
  • Patrick Basketville(Treasurer), Thomas D'Arcy McGee(Secretary)
  • Halder Kirby(Club Doctor), David Barred(Team Denist)
  • Llewellyn Bates, John Practor "J.P." Dickson, Martin Rosenthal, Charles Sparks(Directors)
  • Pete Green(Trainer), Mac MacGilton (Ass't Trainer)


  • No team picture including all executive has been found for 1906 Ottawa.

Stanley Cup engraving

Between 1903 and 1906 Ottawa engraved each of 10 Stanley Cup series they won, and teams they played outside the bowl. The first 8 series were listed separately, but both of the 1906 series are listed together in same space.

Montreal Wanderers March 1906 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Forwards
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • James Strachan (President), Clarence McKerrow (Hon. President),
  • Dickie Boon (Manager), George Guile (Vice President), George Hodges (Hon. Vice President)
  • Robert "Bob" Stephenson (Secretary-Treasurer), Tom Hodges (Hon. Secretary-Treasurer),
  • Robert "Bob" Ahern (Director), William Jennings (Director), Paul Lefebvre (Trainer).


(Team picture includes 8 players in uniform, and 10 members in suites, plus a mascot. The Mascot's name remains unknown.)

  • Lester Patrick served as Captain while Cecil Blachford was sick due to a blood clot. Blachford helped manager Dickie Boon behind the bench during the Stanley Cup challenges.
  • †-Josh Arnold(RW), and Henri "Doc" Menard(G) were replaced by Hod Stuart(CP), and William "Riley" Hern(G) for Dec 27, 29, 1906 challenge series with the New Glasgow Cubs. Cecil Blachford moved from Cover point to Right wight to replace Josh Arnold. Hod Stuart and William "Riley" Hern were not with Montreal Wanderers during their March challenge series with the Ottawa Silver Sevens.

Stanley Cup engraving

Wanderers engraved their name on top outside of the bowl. They included both challenges series, plus date and scores that goes all way around the Stanley Cup. [6] [7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc. NHL. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Fenn Publishing Company. ISBN 1-55168-261-3. 
  • Whitehead, Eric. The Patricks: Hockey's Royal Family. Doubleday Canada. 
  • Adams, Trevor J. (2012). Long Shots. Nimbus. p. 50-54. 
Notes
  1. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=gR8uAAAAIBAJ&sjid=w34FAAAAIBAJ&pg=6881,4602580&dq=queens+stanley+cup&hl=en
  2. ^ a b Whitehead, pg. 31
  3. ^ a b c "Wanderers Won the Cup". Globe and Mail. March 19, 1906. p. 10. 
  4. ^ a b Whitehead, pg. 34
  5. ^ Whitehead, pp. 34-35
  6. ^ [Podnieks]
  7. ^ 1904 Montreal Wanderers team picture
Preceded by
Ottawa Hockey Club
1905
Ottawa Hockey Club
Stanley Cup Champions

January 1906
Succeeded by
Montreal Wanderers
March 1906
Preceded by
Ottawa Hockey Club
January, 1906
Montreal Wanderers
Stanley Cup Champions

1906
Succeeded by
Kenora Thistles
January 1907
Preceded by
1905 (CAHL)
ECAHA seasons
1906
Succeeded by
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