1907–08 ECAHA season

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1907–08 ECAHA season
League Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association
Sport ice hockey
Duration December 29, 1907 – March 7, 1908
Number of teams 6
1907–08
Champion Montreal Wanderers
Top scorer Russell Bowie (31 goals)
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The 1907–08 ECAHA season was the third season of the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA). lasted from . Teams played a ten game schedule. The Montreal Wanderers would win the league championship with a record of eight wins, two losses.

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Executive[edit]

  • Dr. George Cameron, Montreal (President)
  • Joe Power, Quebec (1st Vice-President)
  • Patrick J. Baskerville, Ottawa (2nd Vice-President)
  • W. P. Lunny, Shamrocks (Secretary-Treasurer)

The Nationals applied for a franchise but did not get three-fourths approval.

Mr. Baskerville demanded better protection be given visiting teams at Quebec, as stones had been thrown at the Senators on their last visit.

Rule Changes[edit]

  • Teams could now openly pay players. Players would have to declare their professional or amateur status. The Victorias would remain strictly amateur.[1]

Hod Stuart Benefit All-Star Game[edit]

The first All-Star game in ice hockey was played on January 2, 1908 before 3,500 fans at the Montreal Arena between the Montreal Wanderers and a team of All-Stars players from the teams the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association. It was held in memory of Montreal Wanderers player Hod Stuart, who had drowned three months after the Wanderers won the Stanley Cup in 1907. The sale of tickets, from 25 cents to $1, raised $2,000 for Mr. Stuart's widow and two children.[2]

Wanderers (10) All-Stars (7)
  • Riley Hern, goal,
  • Art Ross, point,
  • Walter Smaill, cover-point,
  • Frank Glass, rover,
  • Ernie Russell, centre,
  • Cecil Blatchford, right wing,
  • Ernie Johnson, left wing
  • Percy LeSueur, goal, (Ottawa)
  • Rod Kennedy, point (Victorias)
  • Frank Patrick, cover-point (Victorias)
  • Joe Power, rover (Quebec)
  • Grover Sargent, centre (Montreal)
  • Eddie Hogan, right wing (Quebec)
  • Jack Marshall, left wing (Shamrocks)

Regular season[edit]

Russell Bowie of Victorias led the scoring championship with 31 goals. This was the fifth time in ten seasons that Mr. Bowie would lead scorers.

There was a large amount of player turnover. For the Wanderers, Hod Stuart of Wanderers had died in the off-season, Lester Patrick had moved west, and new players would include Art Ross from Brandon, Tom Hooper of Kenora and Ernie Russell formerly of Montreal HC.

For Ottawa, Harry Smith and Hamby Shore moved to Winnipeg. This was Cyclone Taylor's first season for Ottawa and Tom Phillips and Marty Walsh joined the team.

Montreal Shamrocks signed up Didier Pitre and Jack Laviolette from the International League.

Quebec Bulldogs had three Power brothers in the lineup: Joe, Charles aka 'Chubby' and 'Rocket'.

Montreal Victorias signed Frank Patrick of McGill and Billy Gilmour of Ottawa.

On January 28, the Wanderers played Renfrew Creamery Kings of the Federal League in Brockville, Ontario for a bet of $400, (Wanderers expenses were provided). Wanderers played without three of their players from winning the Stanley Cup (Blatchford, Glass and Smail) and lost 11–5 to Renfrew.[3]

Highlights[edit]

Ottawa opened their new Arena, hosting the Wanderers on January 11, 1908, overloading capacity with 7,100 attending. Ottawa defeated the Wanderers 12–2. Ottawa and Wanderers were tied for first going into their rematch on February 29, when the Ottawa manager J. P. Dickson resigned in a dispute over which train to take to Montreal. At the time, two trains were available for the trip, and the two would race, with betting taking place on the winner. In the actual game, the two defence stars Art Ross and Cyclone Taylor would lead end-to-end rushes, and the game would be tied until Taylor was injured, and Bruce Stuart and Walter Smaill would score for the Wanderers to win 4–2.

On January 18, Quebec would defeat Montreal 18–5, with Chubby Power scoring six.

Russell Bowie would score five in a game three times, Marty Walsh would have the biggest game, scoring seven, and six in another. Tom Phillips would score five twice, Herb Jordan would score six and five, and Jack Marshall would score five twice.

Final standing[edit]

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Wanderers
10
8
2
0
63
52
Ottawa Hockey Club
10
7
3
0
86
51
Quebec Hockey Club
10
5
5
0
81
74
Montreal Shamrocks
10
5
5
0
53
49
Montreal Victorias
10
4
6
0
73
78
Montreal Hockey Club
10
3
7
0
58
83

Stanley Cup challenges[edit]

Wanderers played in three challenges, during the season against Ottawa Victorias and after the season, against Winnipeg and Toronto. All games were played at the Montreal Arena.

Wanderers vs. Ottawa[edit]

During the season, Wanderers would play a challenge against the Ottawa Victorias of the Federal Amateur Hockey League. On January 9–13, the Wanderers would win 9–3, 13–1 (22–4). Eddie Roberts broke his collarbone in the first game and was replaced by Gerard. Only 500 attended the second game.[4]

January 9
Victorias 3 at Wanderers 9
G Pos G
Billy Hague G William "Riley" Hern
Charles Ross P Art Ross 2
Melford Milne CP Tom Hooper
Ed Roberts 1 RO Frank "Pud" Glass 3
Alf Young C Ernie Russell 4
Robert Harrison 1 RW Walter Smaill
Jack Fraser 1 LW Ernie "Moose" Johnson
Referees - James Power & D. Brown

[4]

January 13
Victorias 1 at Wanderers 13
G Pos G
Billy Hague G William "Riley" Hern
Charles Ross P Art Ross 1
Jack Ryan CP Tom Hooper
Eddie Gerard RO Frank "Pud" Glass 1
Harry Manson 1 C Ernie Russell 6
Robert Harrison RW Cecil Blachford 1
Jack Fraser LW Ernie "Moose" Johnson 4
Referees - James Power & D. Brown

[4]

Wanderers vs. Winnipeg[edit]

Wanderers defeated Winnipeg Maple Leafs in a two-game series 11–5, 9–3 (20–8) March 10–12.

March 10
Maple Leafs 5 at Wanderers 11
G Pos G
Jack Winchester G William "Riley" Hern
J. A. Forrester P Art Ross 1
Barney Holden (Capt.) CP Walter Smaill 2
Hamilton Hamby Shore F Frank "Pud" Glass 1
Lorne Campbell F Bruce Stuart 2
Harry Kennedy 4 F Cecil Blachford Capt. 3
Fred Lake 1 F Ernie "Moose" Johnson 2
Referees - James Power & Kirby

[5]

March 12
Maple Leafs 3 at Wanderers 9
G Pos G
Jack Winchester G William "Riley" Hern
J.A. Forrester P Art Ross
Barney Holden Capt. CP Walter Smaill 1
Hamilton Hamby Shore 2 F Frank "Pud" Glass
Lorne Campbell F Bruce Stuart 4
Harry Kennedy F Cecil Blachford Capt.
Fred Lake 1 F Ernie "Moose" Johnson 4
Referees - Kirby & Henry

[5]

Wanderers vs. Toronto[edit]

They would then play Toronto Professionals of the Ontario Professional Hockey League and defeat them 6–4 on March 14 on two late goals by Ernie Johnson and Bruce Stuart.

March 14
Toronto 4 at Wanderers 6
G Pos G
Chuck Tyner G William "Riley" Hern
Con Corbeau P Art Ross
Rowley Young 1 CP Walter Smaill
Bert Morrison F Frank "Pud" Glass 2
Edouard Newsy Lalonde 2 F Ernie Russell 1
Bruce Ridpath* Capt. 1 F Cecil Blachford Capt. 1
Wally Mercer F Ernie "Moose" Johnson 1
Jack Marks sub Bruce Start 1
Referees - Frank Patrick & Russell Bowie

[6]

  • Bruce Ridpath was Playing-Manager-Coach-Captain of 1908 Toronto Professionals who were sometimes nick named the Toronto Maple Leafs

[7]

Schedule and results[edit]

1907
Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 29 Shamrocks 10 Victorias 4
1908
Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 4 Ottawa 1 Quebec 8
4 Victorias 8 Shamrocks 6
8 Wanderers 7 Montreal 3
11 Wanderers 2 Ottawa 12
11 Quebec 6 Victorias 12
15 Victorias 5 Wanderers 7
18 Ottawa 3 Shamrocks 4 (2' overtime)
18 Montreal 5 Quebec 18
22 Shamrocks 1 Wanderers 3
25 Victorias 9 Ottawa 14
25 Quebec 8 Wanderers 13
29 Victorias 13 Montreal 7
Feb. 1 Ottawa 14 Montreal 7
5 Wanderers 5 Victorias 6 (10' overtime)
8 Quebec 5 Ottawa 11
8 Montreal 3 Shamrocks 9
12 Victorias 4 Shamrocks 7
13 Shamrocks 3 Quebec 7
15 Ottawa 10 Victorias 4
15 Wanderers 8 Quebec 6
19 Montreal 5 Wanderers 8
22 Shamrocks 2 Ottawa 5
22 Quebec 8 Montreal 6
26 Montreal 7 Victorias 4
29 Ottawa 2 Wanderers 4
29 Victorias 8 Quebec 9 (3' overtime)
Mar. 4 Wanderers 6 Shamrocks 4
7 Ottawa 14 Montreal 6
7 Quebec 6 Shamrocks 7

Player statistics[edit]

Goalkeeper Averages[edit]

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Billy Nicholson Shamrocks 10 49 4.9
Percy LeSueur Ottawa 10 51 5.1
Riley Hern Wanderers 10 52 5.2
Nathan Frye Victorias 1 7 7.0
Paddy Moran Quebec 10 74 7.4
Robinson Victorias 9 71 7.9
Chuck Tyner Montreal 1 9 9.0
Dave Finnie Montreal 5 48 9.6
Archie Lockerby Montreal 4 48 12.0

Leading scorers[edit]

Name Club GP G
Bowie, Russell Victorias 10 31
Walsh, Marty Ottawa 9 28
Phillips, Tom Ottawa 10 26
Power, Charles Quebec 10 23
Jordan, Herb Quebec 8 22
Russell, Ernie Wanderers 9 21
Marshall, Jack Shamrocks 9 19
Eveleigh, Joe Montreal 8 16
Power, Joe Quebec 10 13
Smith, Alf Ottawa 9 13

Montreal Wanderers 1908 Stanley Cup Champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • James Strachan (President), Clarence McKerrow (Hon. President)
  • Dickie Boon (Manager), George Guile (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Tom Hodges (Hon. Secretary/Treasurer), William Jennings (Vice President)
  • Robert "Bob" Stephanson (Vice President), Robert "Bob" Ahern (Hon. Vice President)
  • George Hodges, Bert Strachan, Filbert Strachan, H. Watson†† (Directors)
  • Walter Dorion (Club Doctor), Paul Lefebvre (Trainer)


  • ^Team picture included 4 players who did not play for Montreal 1908, but did win cups with the Wanderers - Hod Stuart 1906-07, Rod Kennedy 1906-07, Lester Patrick 1906-07, Jack Marshal 1907. 4 Players who won the Stanley Cup with the Wanderers in 1908 are missing from the team picture - Larry Gilmour^, Tom Hooper^, Jimmy” Gardner^, Harry Smith^.
  • † Jimmy Gardner and Harry Smith were not members of Montreal Wanderers during their January, and March 1908 Stanley Cup defenses. However they played in Dec 1908 when the Wanderers defeated Edmonton.
  • †† unknown first name.
  • ‡ Tom Hooper left the Wanderers after the challenge game of January 13.

Stanley Cup engraving

After engraving 20 member names in the bowl of Stanley Cup in 1907, Wanderers did not even bother including their team name on the Stanley Cup in 1908. It was not until the trophy was redesigned in 1948 that the words "1908 Montreal Wanderers" was put onto its then-new collar.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coleman, p. 151
  2. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins. pp. 1–4. ISBN 0-00-200058-X. 
  3. ^ "Renfrew beat Wanderers". The Globe. January 29, 1908. p. 9. 
  4. ^ a b c Coleman, p. 161
  5. ^ a b Coleman, p. 162
  6. ^ Coleman, p. 163
  7. ^ Coleman, p. 162
  8. ^ Podnieks 2004, p. 48.
Bibliography
  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc. NHL. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2004). Hockey Hall of Fame, ed. Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-55168-261-3. 
Preceded by
Montreal Wanderers
March 1907
Montreal Wanderers
Stanley Cup Champions

1908
Succeeded by
Ottawa HC
1909
Preceded by
1907 ECAHA season
ECAHA seasons
1907–08
Succeeded by
1909 ECHA season