1923–24 Ottawa Senators season

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1923–24 Ottawa Senators
League 1st NHL
1923–24 record 16–8–0
Home record 10–2–0
Road record 6–6–0
Goals for 74
Goals against 54
 Team information
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Pete Green
Captain Cy Denneny
Arena Ottawa Auditorium
Team leaders
Goals Cy Denneny (22)
Assists King Clancy (8)
Points Cy Denneny (23)
Penalties in minutes Punch Broadbent (44)
Wins Clint Benedict (15)
Goals against average Clint Benedict (1.99)
<1922–23 1924–25>

The 1923–24 Ottawa Senators season was the club's 39th season of play and seventh season in the NHL. Coming off a Stanley Cup Championship in 1923, they had won three cups in the previous four seasons. The Senators moved into the brand new Ottawa Auditorium prior to the season. The club had an outstanding regular season, but lost in the NHL playoffs to the Montreal Canadiens.

Team business[edit]

The five-year partnership of the Ottawa Arena Club expired in 1923. The team's ownership was unified with the parent Ottawa Hockey Association which was to be owned by Frank Ahearn and Tommy Gorman. Ted Dey gave up his half-interest in the Senators first for an investment in the Association and the Auditorium, then sold his share to Ahearn and Gorman.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Cy Denneny led the NHL in scoring with 22 goals and 23 points, while Frank Nighbor became the first player to win the Hart Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the league. The Sens defense were led by Buck Boucher and King Clancy, who both finished among the league leaders in points.

Clint Benedict had another very solid season, as his 15 wins and 3 shutouts led the NHL, and he had a personal best GAA of 1.99.

In a game in late February, the Senators were late for a game against the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal due to their train being snowbound in Hawkesbury, Ontario for the night. While out to try to get some food for his teammates Cy Denneny fell down a well, but sustained no injuries from the fall.

The Senators changed their jersey colours from black, red and white to gold, red and white, with a championship patch. Jersey on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Ottawa Senators 24 16 8 0 32 74 54
Montreal Canadiens 24 13 11 0 26 59 48
Toronto St. Patricks 24 10 14 0 20 59 85
Hamilton Tigers 24 9 15 0 18 63 68

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

Schedule and results[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 December 15 Ottawa Senators 3–2 Hamilton Tigers 1–0–0 2
2 December 19 Toronto St. Pats 2–5 Ottawa Senators 2–0–0 4
3 December 26 Montreal Canadiens 2–3 Ottawa Senators 3–0–0 6
4 December 29 Hamilton Tigers 3–2 Ottawa Senators 3–1–0 6
5 January 2 Ottawa Senators 4–3 Toronto St. Pats 4–1–0 8
6 January 5 Toronto St. Pats 3–7 Ottawa Senators 5–1–0 10
7 January 9 Montreal Canadiens 1–2 Ottawa Senators 6–1–0 12
8 January 12 Ottawa Senators 3–2 Hamilton Tigers 7–1–0 14
9 January 16 Ottawa Senators 1–2 Montreal Canadiens 7–2–0 14
10 January 19 Hamilton Tigers 1–2 Ottawa Senators 8–2–0 16
11 January 21 Ottawa Senators 3–2 Montreal Canadiens 9–2–0 18
12 January 23 Ottawa Senators 5–1 Toronto St. Pats 10–2–0 20
13 January 26 Ottawa Senators 1–5 Hamilton Tigers 10–3–0 20
14 January 30 Toronto St. Pats 2–7 Ottawa Senators 11–3–0 22
15 February 2 Ottawa Senators 0–1 Montreal Canadiens 11–4–0 22
16 February 6 Montreal Canadiens 0–4 Ottawa Senators 12–4–0 24
17 February 9 Hamilton Tigers 0–1 Ottawa Senators 13–4–0 26
18 February 13 Ottawa Senators 2–4 Toronto St. Pats 13–5–0 26
19 February 16 Toronto St. Pats 2–1 Ottawa Senators 13–6–0 26
20 February 21 Ottawa Senators 0–3 Montreal Canadiens 13–7–0 26
21 February 23 Montreal Canadiens 0–1 Ottawa Senators 14–7–0 28
22 February 27 Hamilton Tigers 4–7 Ottawa Senators 15–7–0 30
23 March 1 Ottawa Senators 2–5 Hamilton Tigers 15–8–0 30
24 March 5 Ottawa Senators 8–4 Toronto St. Pats 16–8–0 32

Playoffs[edit]

The Senators again qualified for the playoffs and faced the Canadiens for the brand new Prince of Wales Trophy. Ottawa was defending champion and had the top record for the regular season. In an upset Montreal defeated Ottawa 5–2 in a two-game total goal series. Benedict's play came under criticism, with the Senators management publicly stating he was under the weather, and privately were withholding pay from Benedict on account of drinking affecting his play. The dispute ended up in court and Benedict would be traded to the Montreal Maroons before the next season.[3]

On March 25, the Canadiens and Calgary Tigers Stanley Cup Final game was played at the Ottawa Auditorium, due to the Mount Royal Arena in Montreal not having artificial ice. Montreal won the game and the 1924 Stanley Cup.

Montreal Canadiens 5, Ottawa Senators 2[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 8 Ottawa Senators 0–1 Montreal Canadiens 0–1
2 March 11 Montreal Canadiens 4–2 Ottawa Senators 0–2

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Denneny, CyCy Denneny LW 22 22 2 24 10
Boucher, GeorgesGeorges Boucher D 21 13 10 23 38
Nighbor, FrankFrank Nighbor C 20 11 6 17 16
Clancy, KingKing Clancy D 24 8 8 16 26
Broadbent, PunchPunch Broadbent RW 22 9 4 13 44
Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell D 18 5 3 8 8
Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman D 24 2 6 8 24
Darragh, JackJack Darragh RW 18 2 0 2 2
Smylie, RodRod Smylie W 13 1 1 2 8
Helman, HarryHarry Helman RW 19 1 0 1 2
Benedict, ClintClint Benedict G 22 0 0 0 0
Finnigan, FrankFrank Finnigan RW 2 0 0 0 0
Graham, LethLeth Graham LW 3 0 0 0 0
Hebert, SammySammy Hebert G 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Benedict, ClintClint Benedict 1356 22 15 7 0 45 1.99 3
Hebert, SammySammy Hebert 120 2 1 1 0 9 4.50 0
Team: 1476 24 16 8 0 54 2.20 3

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Denneny, CyCy Denneny LW 2 2 0 2 2
Boucher, GeorgesGeorges Boucher D 2 0 1 1 4
Nighbor, FrankFrank Nighbor C 2 0 1 1 0
Benedict, ClintClint Benedict G 2 0 0 0 0
Broadbent, PunchPunch Broadbent RW 2 0 0 0 2
Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell D 1 0 0 0 6
Clancy, KingKing Clancy D 2 0 0 0 6
Darragh, JackJack Darragh RW 2 0 0 0 2
Finnigan, FrankFrank Finnigan RW 2 0 0 0 2
Hitchman, LionelLionel Hitchman D 2 0 0 0 4
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Benedict, ClintClint Benedict 120 2 0 2 5 2.50 0
Team: 120 2 0 2 5 2.50 0

[4]

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]

Roster[edit]

  • Benedict, Clint (G)
  • Boucher, Georges (D)
  • Broadbent, Punch (R)
  • Campbell, Earl (D)
  • Clancy, King (D)
  • Darragh, Jack (R)
  • Denneny, Cy (L)
  • Finnigan, Frank (R)
  • Graham, Leth (L)
  • Hebert, Sammy (G)
  • Helman, Harry (R)
  • Hitchman, Lionel (D)
  • Nighbor, Frank (C)
  • Smylie, Rod (L)

Source: hockey-reference.com[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Kitchen(2008), p. 228
  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. 145. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  3. ^ Fischer, Doug (June 23, 2008). "The trials and triumphs of Clint Benedict". The Ottawa Citizen. p. A1. 
  4. ^ a b "1923-24 Ottawa Senators Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.