1914–15 PCHA season

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The 1914–15 PCHA season was the fourth season of the professional men's ice hockey Pacific Coast Hockey Association league. Season play ran from December 8, 1914 until March 9, 1915. The schedule was made for each team to play 18 games, but like the previous three seasons, one game was cancelled. The Vancouver Millionaires club would be the PCHA champions. After the season the club played off against the Ottawa Senators, NHA champions for the Stanley Cup, winning the series and becoming the first west-coast team to win the Cup.

League business[edit]

The franchise of the New Westminster Royals was transferred to Portland, Oregon and renamed the "Rosebuds." The league established a "farm system" called the Boundary Hockey League in the British Columbia towns of Grand Forks, Greenwood and Phoenix.[1]

Rule changes

The league banned body checking within 10 feet (3.0 m) of the boards.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Rookie Mickey MacKay led the league with 33 goals, while Cyclone Taylor won the scoring title. The two led the Vancouver Millionaires to the league title, winning 13 of 17 games.[1]

Final standings[edit]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Pacific Coast Hockey Association GP W L T GF GA
Vancouver Millionaires 17 13 4 0 115 71
Portland Rosebuds 18 9 9 0 91 83
Victoria Aristocrats 17 4 13 0 64 116

Results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 8 Vancouver 6 Portland 3
11 Victoria 3 Vancouver 5
15 Portland 8 Victoria 4
18 Portland 3 Vancouver 6
26 Victoria 1 Portland 8
29 Vancouver 4 Victoria 3 (12:06 OT)
Jan. 5 Vancouver 4 Portland 3 (11:00 OT)
8 Victoria 2 Vancouver 9
12 Portland 3 Victoria 4 (3:35 OT)
15 Portland 3 Vancouver 2
19 Victoria 5 Portland 10
22 Vancouver 1 Victoria 4
26 Vancouver 4 Portland 10
29 Victoria 5 Vancouver 12
Feb. 2 Portland 5 Victoria 6 (18:20 OT)
5 Portland 8 Vancouver 3
9 Victoria 2 Portland 3
12 Vancouver 6 Victoria 4
16 Vancouver 5 Portland 0
19 Victoria 3 Vancouver 10
23 Portland 3 Victoria 4
26 Portland 3 Vancouver 13
27 Portland 3 Vancouver 11
Mar. 2 Vancouver 14 Victoria 11
4 Victoria 1 Portland 9
6 Victoria 2 Portland 6
9a Victoria Vancouver
  • a Cancelled

A game between Vancouver and Victoria was cancelled at the end of the season.

Source: Coleman, p. 271

Playoffs[edit]

The champion Vancouver Millionaires hosted the finals against the Ottawa Senators, NHA champions. Vancouver would win the series and become the first west-coast team to win the Cup.

Game-by-Game Winning Team Score Losing Team Rules Used Location
1 March 22 Vancouver Millionaires 6–2 Ottawa Senators PCHA Denman Arena, Vancouver
2 March 24 Vancouver Millionaires 8–3 Ottawa Senators NHA
3 March 26 Vancouver Millionaires 12–3 Ottawa Senators PCHA
Millionaires win best-of-five series 3 – 0

Player statistics[edit]

Goalkeeper Averages[edit]

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Hugh Lehman Vancouver 17 71 1 4.2
Mike Mitchell Portland 18 83 4.6
Bert Lindsay Victoria 17 116 6.8

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Taylor, CycloneCyclone Taylor Vancouver Millionaires 16 23 22 45 9
MacKay, MickeyMickey MacKay Vancouver Millionaires 17 33 11 44 9
Nighbor, FrankFrank Nighbor Vancouver Millionaires 17 23 7 30 12
Oatman, EddieEddie Oatman Portland Rosebuds 18 22 8 30 23
McDonald, RanRan McDonald Portland Rosebuds 18 22 7 29 24
Dunderdale, TommyTommy Dunderdale Victoria Aristocrats 16 17 10 27 22
Throop, ArtArt Throop Portland Rosebuds 18 16 8 24 43
Kerr, DubbieDubbie Kerr Victoria Aristocrats 17 14 4 18 15
Harris, SmokeySmokey Harris Portland Rosebuds 18 14 3 17 39
Patrick, LesterLester Patrick Victoria Aristocrats 17 12 5 17 15

Vancouver Millionaires 1915 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • None- Defenseman Frank Patrick was Owner/President/Manager-Coach. He ran the whole team.

‡ Played Rover a position between both Defences and behind the Centre.

Stanley Cup engraving

The Senators had the words "Ottawa/NHA Champions/1914–15" engraved on the base of the trophy's original bowl even though they did not win the Cup finals. This was similar to the practice prior to the NHA-PCHA agreement when the trophy was officially passed on to the winner of the league championship of the previous Cup champion's league. The previous Cup winner was the 1913–14 NHA champion Toronto Blueshirts.

After the finals, "Vancouver B.C./1914–15/Defeated Ottawa/3 Straight Games" was added to the Cup. Eight players' names and the manager's name were also engraved inside the bowl along the fluted sides.

Two players were left off the Stanley Cup, even though there was room. Kenny Mallen played 14 of 16 regular season games, and two of three games in the finals. Mallen's name was left off by mistake. Jean Matz was left off, because he only played one game.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Boileau Wolf, p. 52.
  • Boileau, Ron; Wolf, Philip (2000), "The Pacific Coast Hockey Association", in Diamond, Dan, Total Hockey, pp. 51–54, ISBN 1-892129-85-X 
  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1936 inc. 
Preceded by
1913–14 PCHA season
PCHA seasons
1914–15
Succeeded by
1915–16 PCHA season