1927–28 Detroit Cougars season

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1927–28 Detroit Cougars
Division 4th American
Conference -- --
1927–28 record 19–19–6
Home record 9–10–3
Road record 10–9–3
Goals for 88
Goals against 79
Team information
General Manager Jack Adams
Coach Jack Adams (33 games)
Duke Keats (11 games)
Captain Reg Noble
Arena Detroit Olympia
Average attendance 15,000
Team leaders
Goals George Hay (22)
Assists George Hay (13)
Points George Hay (35)
Penalties in minutes Percy Traub (78)
Wins Hap Holmes (19)
Goals against average Hap Holmes (1.73)
<1926–27 1928–29>

The 1927–28 Detroit Cougars season was the second season of the Detroit, Michigan National Hockey League (NHL) franchise. The Detroit Cougars scored 44 points, finishing fourth in the American Division and failing to make the playoffs in their sophomore year.

The Cougars finally moved into what would be their home for the next fifty years, Detroit's Olympia Stadium. Their also received a new coach and general manager in Jack Adams. Adams made an immediate impact, picking up Reg Noble and quickly naming him Captain. Detroit performed much better to start off the season and only finished two points out of a playoff spot.[1][2][3]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

American Division
GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Boston Bruins 44 20 13 11 77 70 558 51
New York Rangers 44 19 16 9 94 79 462 47
Pittsburgh Pirates 44 19 17 8 67 76 395 46
Detroit Cougars 44 19 19 6 88 79 395 44
Chicago Black Hawks 44 7 34 3 68 134 375 17

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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]

November[edit]

Record: 2–2–1; Home: 1–1–0; Road: 1–1–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
1 November 15 Detroit 6 – 0 Pittsburgh 1–0–0 2
2 November 19 Detroit 2 – 5 Boston 1–1–0 2
3 November 22 Ottawa 2 – 1 Detroit 1–2–0 2
4 November 26 Detroit 0 – 0 Chicago OT 1–2–1 3
5 November 27 Mtl. Canadiens 0 – 2 Detroit 2–2–1 5

December[edit]

Record: 6–4–2; Home: 3–2–1; Road: 3–2–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
6 December 1 Chicago 1 – 3 Detroit 3–2–1 7
7 December 4 NY Rangers 3 – 1 Detroit 3–3–1 7
8 December 8 NY Americans 1 – 2 Detroit 4–3–1 9
9 December 10 Detroit 4 – 1 Mtl. Maroons 5–3–1 11
10 December 11 Boston 2 – 1 Detroit OT 5–4–1 11
11 December 13 Detroit 1 – 6 Mtl. Canadiens 5–5–1 11
12 December 15 Detroit 2 – 1 NY Rangers 6–5–1 13
13 December 17 Detroit 1 – 0 Toronto OT 7–5–1 15
14 December 18 Pittsburgh 3 – 3 Detroit OT 7–5–2 16
15 December 27 Detroit 4 – 4 NY Americans OT 7–5–3 17
16 December 29 Mtl. Maroons 0 – 3 Detroit 8–5–3 19
17 December 31 Detroit 2 – 6 Ottawa 8–6–3 19

January[edit]

Record: 4–5–0; Home: 2–3–0; Road: 2–2–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
18 January 3 Detroit 4 – 2 NY Rangers 9–6–3 21
19 January 5 Mtl. Canadiens 2 – 1 Detroit 9–7–3 21
20 January 7 Detroit 2 – 0 Pittsburgh 10–7–3 23
21 January 12 Toronto 2 – 1 Detroit 10–8–3 23
22 January 15 NY Rangers 2 – 1 Detroit 10–9–3 23
23 January 18 Detroit 0 – 2 Chicago 10–10–3 23
24 January 22 Boston 2 – 3 Detroit OT 11–10–3 25
25 January 26 Detroit 0 – 3 NY Rangers 11–11–3 25
26 January 29 Chicago 2 – 4 Detroit 12–11–3 27

February[edit]

Record: 1–4–3; Home: 0–2–2; Road: 1–2–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
27 February 4 Detroit 0 – 2 Toronto 12–12–3 27
28 February 7 Detroit 2 – 4 Boston 12–13–3 27
29 February 9 Detroit 2 – 2 NY Americans OT 12–13–4 28
30 February 12 Pittsburgh 1 – 0 Detroit 12–14–4 28
31 February 16 Detroit 1 – 0 Mtl. Maroons 13–14–4 30
32 February 19 Chicago 2 – 1 Detroit 13–15–4 30
33 February 23 Ottawa 0 – 0 Detroit OT 13–15–5 31
34 February 26 NY Rangers 0 – 0 Detroit OT 13–15–6 32

March[edit]

Record: 6–4–0; Home: 3–2–0; Road: 3–2–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Record Pts
35 March 1 NY Americans 1 – 4 Detorit 14–15–6 34
36 March 3 Detroit 3 – 2 Pittsburgh 15–15–6 36
37 March 6 Toronto 1 – 3 Detroit 16–15–6 38
38 March 8 Mtl. Maroons 2 – 3 Detroit OT 16–16–6 38
39 March 10 Detroit 1 – 3 Ottawa 16–17–6 38
40 March 13 Detroit 0 – 3 Boston 16–18–6 38
41 March 15 Detroit 1 – 0 Mtl. Canadiens 17–18–6 40
42 March 17 Detroit 7 – 0 Chicago 18–18–6 42
43 March 18 Pittsburgh 0 – 1 Detroit 18–19–6 42
44 March 24 Boston 2 – 7 Detroit 19–19–6 44
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • Yellow background indicates tie.

Playoffs[edit]

The Detroit Cougars failed to make the playoffs.

Player stats[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
George Hay LW 42 22 13 35 20 -- -- -- -- --
John Sheppard F 43 10 10 20 40 -- -- -- -- --
Carson Cooper RW 44 15 2 17 32 -- -- -- -- --
Larry Aurie RW 44 13 3 16 43 -- -- -- -- --
Reg Noble F 44 6 8 14 63 -- -- -- -- --
Frank Foyston C 24 7 2 9 16 -- -- -- -- --
Jack Walker F 39 2 4 6 12 -- -- -- -- --
Gord Fraser* D 30 3 1 4 50 -- -- -- -- --
Percy Traub D 44 3 1 4 78 -- -- -- -- --
Pete Palangio LW 13 3 0 3 8 -- -- -- -- --
Clem Loughlin D 42 1 2 3 21 -- -- -- -- --
Stan Brown D 24 2 0 2 4 -- -- -- -- --
Frank Sheppard F 4 1 1 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
Gordon "Duke" Keats* C 5 0 2 2 6 -- -- -- -- --

*Stats reflect games played with Detroit only.

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Hap Holmes 44 2740 19 19 6 79 11 1.73 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Awards and records[edit]

Trophies and awards[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Cougars were involved in the following transactions during the 1926–27 season.

Trades[edit]

April 11, 1927 To Detroit Cougars
George Hay
Percy Traub
To Chicago Black Hawks
15,000 USD
May 22, 1927 To Detroit Cougars
Carson Cooper
To Boston Bruins
Cash
May 22, 1927 To Detroit Cougars
Harry Meeking
To Boston Bruins
Fred Gordon
October 4, 1927 To Detroit Cougars
Reg Noble
To Montreal Maroons
7,500 USD
October 10, 1927 To Detroit Cougars
Stan Brown
To New York Rangers
Archie Briden
Harry Meeking
December 16, 1927 To Detroit Cougars
Gord Fraser
To Chicago Black Hawks
Gordon "Duke" Keats
5,000 USD
February 13, 1928[5] To Detroit Cougars
Pete Palangio
Cash
To Montreal Canadiens
Stan Brown

Free agents[edit]

Player signed Former team
F Frank Sheppard Detroit Greyhounds (AHA)
RW Larry Aurie London Panthers (Can-pro)

Roster[edit]

1927–28 Detroit Cougars Roster

Goaltenders:

1 – Holmes 

Defensemen

2 – Loughlin 5 – Fraser 7 – Brown 14 – Traub 

Forwards

4 – Hay 5 – Keats 6 – Walker 7 – Palangio 8 – Cooper 9 – J. Sheppard 10 – F. Sheppard 10 – Foyston 12 – Aurie 15 – Noble 

General ManagerJack Adams •  CoachJack AdamsDuke Keats

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Red Wings History, DetroitHockey.com, accessed October 5, 2007
  2. ^ Detroit Red Wings Historical Moments, SportsEcyclopedia.com, accessed October 5, 2007
  3. ^ Detroit Red Wings Written History, Detroit Red Wings.com, accessed October 5, 2007
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Pete Palangio's biography at Legends of Hockey Quote: "Loaned to Detroit by Montreal (Windsor-Can-Pro) with cash for Stan Brown, February 13, 1928."