Ottawa Senators (original) seasons

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This documents the records and playoff results of seasons completed by the original-era Ottawa Senators ice hockey club, officially known as the Ottawa Hockey Club from the period of 1883 until 1934. The first reference to the name 'Senators' is in 1901, although the nickname only apparently came into common use in the 1910s. For the period 1903–1906, the club is best known as the 'Silver Seven', although this may be a later invention.

History[edit]

The club began as a community-based sports club, founded in 1883. In 1889, the club joined the Ottawa Amateur Athletics Club, an offshoot of the Ottawa Amateur Athletics Association. Until the latter 1890s, the association's logo was on the club's jerseys. Prior to 1893, most play was either exhibition, tournament or challenge series. Regular season round-robin play began in the 1893 season, partly due to the influence of Governor General Lord Stanley who donated his Stanley Cup at this time also.

Over its history, the Ottawa club changed leagues regularly as leagues were disbanded over disputes and the progression from amateur community sporting club to professional hockey business. In the early 1890s, the club played in its own Ottawa City League, the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), and the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) simultaneously. The club left the OHA in 1894 over a dispute over the OHA championship. The club kept a 'seconds' team in the City League, while the first team played in the AHAC. The AHAC league met its end in 1898 partly due to the Ottawa Hockey Club wanting to keep out the rival Ottawa Capitals hockey club. In 1905, the Ottawa Hockey Club left the AHAC's successor, the Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) over a dispute regarding replaying games, joining the Federal Amateur Hockey League for a season before forming the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA).

In the period of 1906–1909, the club changed from a purely non-paid amateur club to one with a mix of amateurs and paid players, and finally fully professional. From the period of 1910 onwards, the club held a franchise in the fully professional National Hockey Association (NHA) and its descendent the National Hockey League (NHL). In 1934, the NHL franchise and players moved to St. Louis, Missouri and the organization started operating a Senators club in senior amateur and semi-professional hockey. The end of all descendants of the original Ottawa Hockey Club came in 1954 when Tommy Gorman folded the Senators organization due to declining attendance in competition with televised hockey.

Amateur era[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Stanley Cup Champions League Champion

Independent[edit]

  • 1883–84 - Montreal Tournament and exhibitions
  • 1884–85 - Montreal Tournament and exhibitions
  • 1885–86 - Montreal Tournament was cancelled and no exhibitions were held. The club planned to play in the February 1886 Winter Carnival at Burlington, Vermont, but withdrew after the dates of the carnival were changed.

Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) 1887–1898[edit]

Ottawa HC played AHAC challenges in the league in 1887, 1891 and 1892, however regular seasons were not played until 1893.

In the 1889 and 1890 seasons, after the opening of the new Rideau Skating Rink, Ottawa played only exhibitions games against AHAC opponents.

Season Team name GP W L T PTS GF GA Finish Playoffs
1886–87 Ottawa HC 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 -- Played in one challenge
1890–91 Ottawa HC 2 1 1 0 2 1 3 -- Won two exhibitions, lost one challenge.
1891–92 Ottawa HC 6 5 1 0 10 23 9 -- Won Canadian championship
Lost in Final AHAC Challenge
1892–9 Ottawa HC 8 6 2 0 12 49 22 2nd --
1893–94 Ottawa HC 8 5 3 0 10 24 16 2nd Lost in Final
1894–95 Ottawa HC 8 4 4 0 8 25 24 3rd --
1895–96 Ottawa HC 8 6 2 0 12 22 26 2nd --
1896–97 Ottawa HC 8 5 3 0 10 25 18 2nd --
1897–98 Ottawa HC 8 2 6 0 4 28 44 5th --

Ontario Hockey Association 1890–1893[edit]

Season Team name GP W L T GF GA Playoffs
1890–91 Ottawa HC 4A 4 0 0 15 2 Won Ontario Championship
1891–92 Ottawa HC 2 2 0 0 15 4 Won Ontario Championship
1892–93 Ottawa HC 2B 2 0 0 6 4 Won Ontario Championship
  • A - two games were 'friendlies'.
  • B - Only one game played (semi-final against Queen's). Toronto Granite defaulted in championship.

Canadian Amateur Hockey League 1899–1904[edit]

Season Team name GP W L T PTS GF GA Finish Playoffs
1898–99 Ottawa HC 8 4 4 0 8 21 43 3rd --
1899–1900 Ottawa HC 8 4 4 0 8 28 19 3rd --
1900–01 Ottawa HC 8 7 0 1 15 33 20 1st Won league title
1901–02 Ottawa Senators 8 5 3 0 10 35 15 2nd --
1902–03 Ottawa Senators 8 6 2 0 12 47 26 1st Won Stanley Cup
1903–04 Ottawa Senators 4 4 0 0 8 32 15 incomplete;C Won Stanley Cup
  • C Ottawa resigned February 8, 1904, playing friendlies and Cup challenges only for the balance of the hockey season.

Federal Amateur Hockey League 1904–05[edit]

Season GP W L T PTS GF GA Finish Playoffs
1904–05 8 7 1 0 14 60 19 1st Won Stanley Cup

Professional era[edit]

Stanley Cup Champions League Champion

Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association 1906–1909[edit]

Year GP W L T PTS GF GA Finish Playoffs
1905–06 10 9 1 0 18 90 42 1st (tie) Won two Stanley Cup challenges;
tied for league title;
Lost playoff against Montreal Wanderers for Stanley Cup.
1906–07 10 7 3 0 76 54 14 2nd --
1907–08 10 7 3 0 86 51 14 2nd --
1908–09 12 10 2 0 117 63 20 1st Won Stanley Cup

Canadian Hockey Association 1910[edit]

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1909–10 2 2 0 0 4 29 9 -- Defeated Galt in Stanley Cup challenge

League was abandoned after two games.

National Hockey Association 1910–1917[edit]

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1909–10 12 9 3 0 18 89 66 2nd Defeated Edmonton for Stanley Cup
1910–11 16 13 3 -- 26 122 69 1st Won Stanley Cup
1911–12 18 9 9 -- 18 99 93 2nd --
1912–13 20 9 11 -- 18 87 81 3rd --
1913–14 20 11 9 -- 22 65 71 4th --
1914–15 20 14 6 -- 28 74 65 1st Won league title, 4-1 (TG), Wanderers
Lost Stanley Cup final, 0-3, Millionaires
1915–16 24 13 11 0 26 78 72 2nd --
1916–17 10 7 3 -- 14 56 41 2nd Lost league final, 6-7 (TG), Canadiens

National Hockey League 1917–1934[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM= Penalties in minutes

Stanley Cup Champions Division Champions/Reg. Season Leader League Leader
Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1917–18 22 9 13 0 24 102 114 -- 3rd in NHL Out of playoffs
1918–19 18 12 6 0 24 71 54 192 1st in NHL Lost in NHL Championship, 1–4 (Montreal Canadiens)
1919–20 24 19 5 0 38 121 64 237 1st in NHL,
Won O'Brien Cup
Defeated Seattle Metropolitans (3–2),
Won Stanley Cup
1920–21 24 14 10 0 28 97 75 151 1st in NHL Defeated Toronto St. Patricks (7–0 TG),
Won O'Brien Cup
Defeated Vancouver Millionaires (3–2),
Won Stanley Cup
1921–22 24 14 8 2 30 106 84 99 1st in NHL Lost to Toronto St. Patricks (4–5 TG)
1922–23 24 14 9 1 29 77 54 188 1st in NHL Defeated Montreal Canadiens (3–2 TG),
Won O'Brien Cup
Defeated Vancouver(PCHA) (3–1),
Defeated Edmonton(WCHL) (2–0),
Won Stanley Cup
1923–24 24 16 8 0 32 74 54 154 1st in NHL Lost to Montreal Canadiens (2–5 TG)
1924–25 30 17 12 1 35 83 66 331 4th in NHL Out of playoffs
1925–26 36 24 8 4 52 77 42 341 1st in NHL Lost to Montreal Maroons (1–2 TG)
1926–27 44 30 10 4 64 86 69 607 1st in Canadian Division,
Won Prince of Wales Trophy
Defeated Montreal Canadiens (5–1) TG in NHL semi-final,
Defeated Boston Bruins 2–0–2 (best-of-five)
Won O'Brien Cup
Won Stanley Cup
1927–28 44 20 14 10 50 78 57 483 1st in Canadian Division Lost in quarter-final (Montreal Maroons)
1928–29 44 14 17 13 41 54 67 461 4th in Canadian Division Out of playoffs
1929–30 44 21 15 8 50 138 118 536 5th in Canadian Division Lost in quarter-final (3–6)TG (New York Rangers)
1930–31 44 10 30 4 24 91 142 486 5th in Canadian Division Out of playoffs
1931–32 Team on hiatus
1932–33 48 11 27 10 32 88 131 398 5th in Canadian Division Out of playoffs
1933–34 48 13 29 6 32 115 143 344 5th in Canadian Division Out of playoffs
Totals 542 258 221 63 ' ' ' ' Series record: 8–6

NHL Records as of June 11, 2007. [1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockeydb.com, Ottawa Senators season statistics and records.