1915 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1915 Stanley Cup Final was played from March 22–26, 1915. The Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champion Vancouver Millionaires swept the National Hockey Association (NHA) champion Ottawa Senators 3 games to 0 in a best-of-five game series. The finals were played in Vancouver, with Games 1, 3, and 5 played under PCHA rules. The Millionaires became the first team from the PCHA to win the Cup.
This was the first Stanley Cup championship finals played under the then-new agreement by the Cup's trustees, the NHA and the PCHA, in which the two leagues' respective champions would face each other for the Cup at the end of the season. The Cup trustees accepted the 1915 NHA-PCHA proposal because they became dependent on the professional game; the top amateur teams were now playing for the Allan Cup. Under the new agreement, the Stanley Cup championship finals alternated between the east and the west each year, while the differing rules of the NHA and PCHA alternated each game.
Paths to the Final
Vancouver finished the 1914–15 PCHA regular season in first place, and thus winning that league's title, with a record of 13–4. Meanwhile, Ottawa and the Montreal Wanderers both finished the 1914–15 NHA regular season tied for first place with identical 14–6 records, and thus had to play a two-game total goals series to determine the NHA champion. Ottawa won this series 4–1 to advance to the Stanley Cup final.
All games of the championship finals were played at Vancouver's Denman Arena, the home of the PCHA champion Millionaires. Vancouver ended up sweeping the series with victories of 6–2, 8–3, and 12–3, scoring 26 total goals while limiting the Senators to just eight overall. Former Senator Cyclone Taylor led the Millionaires with six goals. Future Hockey Hall of Famer Barney Stanley scored five goals, including three in the second period of game three.
|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|
Vancouver Millionaires – 1915 Stanley Cup champions
- Coaching and administrative staff
- None (see Frank Patrick)
‡ Played rover, a position between both defensemen and behind the center.
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.
- "1914–15 Stanley Cup Winner: Vancouver Millionaires". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2006-07-01.
- "hockeyleaguehistory.com – Pacific Coast Hockey Association". Archived from the original on 3 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-01.
- Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. pp. 12, 47. ISBN 1-55168-261-3.
- Dan Diamond (ed.), ed. (1992). The Official National Hockey League Stanley Cup Centennial Book. Firefly Books. p. 46. ISBN 1-895565-15-4.
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