1922–23 Ottawa Senators season

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1922–23 Ottawa Senators
Stanley Cup champions
O'Brien Cup winners
1922–23 record 14–9–1
Home record 11–0–1
Road record 3–9–0
Goals for 77
Goals against 54
 Team information
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Pete Green
Captain Eddie Gerard
Arena The Arena
Team leaders
Goals Cy Denneny (21)
Assists Cy Denneny (10)
Points Cy Denneny (31)
Penalties in minutes Buck Boucher (44)
Wins Clint Benedict (14)
Goals against average Clint Benedict (2.18)
<1921–22 1923–24>

The 1922–23 Ottawa Senators season was the club's 38th season of play and sixth season in the NHL. They were coming off a disappointing playoff run in 1922, as they lost to the Toronto St. Pats in the NHL finals in a close, hard fought series. The Senators would finish first in the standings, defeat Montreal in the playoffs, defeat Vancouver in the Stanley Cup semi-finals and defeat Edmonton to win their tenth Stanley Cup title.

Regular season[edit]

Cy Denneny would once again have a strong season, scoring a team high 21 goals, and finishing 2nd in the NHL with 31 points. On February 7, Denneny would score his 143rd career goal, surpassing Joe Malone as the all-time goal scoring leader in a 3–0 Senators win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Defenceman Buck Boucher would get a career high 24 points (15 goals-9 assists), and would lead the club with 44 PIM.

Clint Benedict would once again have a very solid season, leading the league with 14 wins, 4 shutouts and a 2.18 GAA.

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Ottawa Senators 24 14 9 1 29 77 54
Montreal Canadiens 24 13 9 2 28 73 61
Toronto St. Patricks 24 13 10 1 27 82 88
Hamilton Tigers 24 6 18 0 12 81 110

[1][2] Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
         Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 December 16 Ottawa Senators 3–4 Hamilton Tigers 0–1–0 0
2 December 20 Toronto St. Pats 2–7 Ottawa Senators 1–1–0 2
3 December 23 Ottawa Senators 3–0 Montreal Canadiens 2–1–0 4
4 December 27 Montreal Canadiens 2–2 Ottawa Senators 2–1–1 5
5 December 30 Hamilton Tigers 1–4 Ottawa Senators 3–1–1 7
6 January 3 Ottawa Senators 2–3 Toronto St. Pats 3–2–1 7
7 January 6 Toronto St. Pats 1–2 Ottawa Senators 4–2–1 9
8 January 10 Montreal Canadiens 2–6 Ottawa Senators 5–2–1 11
9 January 13 Ottawa Senators 1–8 Hamilton Tigers 5–3–1 11
10 January 17 Ottawa Senators 1–2 Montreal Canadiens 5–4–1 11
11 January 20 Hamilton Tigers 0–2 Ottawa Senators 6–4–1 13
12 January 24 Ottawa Senators 1–2 Toronto St. Pats 6–5–1 13
13 January 27 Ottawa Senators 6–5 Hamilton Tigers 7–5–1 15
14 January 31 Toronto St. Pats 1–2 Ottawa Senators 8–5–1 17
15 February 3 Ottawa Senators 1–4 Montreal Canadiens 8–6–1 17
16 February 7 Montreal Canadiens 0–3 Ottawa Senators 9–6–1 19
17 February 10 Hamilton Tigers 3–8 Ottawa Senators 10–6–1 21
18 February 14 Ottawa Senators 4–6 Toronto St. Pats 10–7–1 21
19 February 17 Montreal Canadiens 0–2 Ottawa Senators 11–7–1 23
20 February 21 Toronto St. Pats 1–6 Ottawa Senators 12–7–1 25
21 February 24 Ottawa Senators 5–1 Hamilton Tigers 13–7–1 27
22 February 28 Hamilton Tigers 3–6 Ottawa Senators 14–7–1 29
23 March 3 Ottawa Senators 0–1 Montreal Canadiens 14–8–1 29
24 March 5 Ottawa Senators 0–2 Toronto St. Pats 14–9–1 29

Playoffs[edit]

In the NHL finals, the Senators would face the Montreal Canadiens in a two-game total-goals series to determine the O'Brien Cup winner, and the Sens would prevail by a close 3–2 score in the series, and go on to face the Vancouver Maroons, the host team from the PCHA.

Ottawa Senators 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 7 Ottawa Senators 2–0 Montreal Canadiens 1–0
2 March 9 Montreal Canadiens 2–1 Ottawa Senators 1–1

The Maroons lost to the Edmonton Eskimos in the WCHL Finals, so they would have to face Ottawa, with the winner of this series playing Edmonton for the Stanley Cup. The series was played at Denman Arena in Vancouver, and the Senators would shut out the Maroons in the opening game. Vancouver stormed back with a big 4–1 win game 2, however, Ottawa, despite numerous injuries, would use their grit, and win the series in 4 games, and earn a berth in the finals against Edmonton.

Ottawa Senators 3, Vancouver Maroons 1
# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 16 Ottawa Senators 1–0 Vancouver Maroons 1–0
2 March 19 Ottawa Senators 1–4 Vancouver Maroons 1–1
3 March 23 Ottawa Senators 3–2 Vancouver Maroons 2–1
4 March 26 Ottawa Senators 5–1 Vancouver Maroons 3–1
Ottawa Senators 2, Edmonton Eskimos 0

The 1923 Stanley Cup Finals would be a best of three series between Ottawa and Edmonton, and the Sens started off on the right foot with a 2–1 victory in game one. In game two, the Senators would be led by Clint Benedict, who would shut out the Eskimos in a 1–0 victory, giving Ottawa their third Stanley Cup in four years.

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 29 Ottawa Senators 2–1 Edmonton Eskimos 1–0
2 March 31 Ottawa Senators 1–0 Edmonton Eskimos 2–0

Victorious return to Ottawa[edit]

The Senators returned home on Friday, April 6, 1923 from Vancouver. Greeted by Ottawa Mayor Plant, and accompanied by the Governor-Generals Foot Guards and the Ottawa Silver Band, the team paraded through Ottawa's downtown streets.[3] A banquet was held for the team on Monday, April 19, where each of the ten team members received a gold watch. According to Mayor Plant, "this is a citizens' banquet, not a civic one, as the citizens believe you have given Ottawa the best advertising it has ever had."[4]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Cy Denneny 24 23 11 34 28
Georges Boucher 24 14 9 23 58
Eddie Gerard 23 6 13 19 12
Frank Nighbor 22 11 7 18 14
Punch Broadbent 24 14 1 15 34
Jack Darragh 24 6 9 15 10
King Clancy 24 3 2 5 20
Lionel Hitchman 3 0 1 1 12
Clint Benedict 24 0 0 0 2
Harry Helman 24 0 0 0 5
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Clint Benedict 1486 24 14 9 1 54 2.18 4
Team: 1486 24 14 9 1 54 2.18 4

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Ottawa Senators 1923 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Ottawa Senators 1923 team picture

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Edgar Dey Sr.(President),
  • Tommy Gorman (Manager/Secretary)
  • Pete Green (Coach)
  • Frank Dolan(Trainer)

Stanley Cup engraving

The Senators never did engrave their name on the Cup for their 1923 championship. It was not until the trophy was redesigned in 1948 that the words "1923 Ottawa Senators" was put onto its then-new collar.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rauzulusstreet.com/hockey/nhlrecords/nhl1923.htm
  2. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  3. ^ "Ottawa Team Home". The Globe. April 7, 1923. p. 12. 
  4. ^ "Ottawa Citizens Honour Stanley Cup Champions". The Globe. April 10, 1923. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "1922-23 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-26.