1902–03 Ottawa Hockey Club season
|1902–03 Ottawa Hockey Club|
Stanley Cup champions
|General Manager||Bob Shillington|
|Goals||Frank McGee (14)|
|Goals against average||Bouse Hutton (3.80)|
The 1902–03 Ottawa Hockey Club season was the club's 18th season of play. The club would win the CAHL championship in a playoff with the Montreal Victorias to win the Club's first Stanley Cup. For their win, the players would each be given a silver nugget. From that day forward, the club was nicknamed the Silver Seven.
- 1 Off-season
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Schedule and results
- 4 Playoffs
- 5 Stanley Cup challenges
- 6 Ottawa Hockey Club March 1903 Stanley Cup champions
- 7 See also
- 8 References
The season would be a two team race between Montreal Victorias and Ottawa, splitting their matches between each other. The season ended in a tie, which necessitated a two-game playoff, won by Ottawa to win their first Stanley Cup.
|Team||Games Played||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals For||Goals Against|
|Ottawa Hockey Club|
|Montreal Hockey Club|
|Quebec Hockey Club|
Schedule and results
|Hutton, John Bouse||Ottawa||8||30||0||3.80|
Ottawa and Victorias played a two-game total-goals series.
- Game one
- Game two
The game was played at Dey's Arena on ice that was covered in water.
Stanley Cup challenges
Rat Portage vs. Ottawa
Ottawa defeated the Rat Portage Thistles 6–2, 4–2 (10–4) in a two-game, total goals series in Ottawa, March 12–14, 1903.
As the new CAHL and Cup champions, the Ottawas accepted a challenge from the Rat Portage Thistles of the Manitoba & Northwestern Hockey Association (MNWHA). Entering the best-of-three challenge series, the Thistles were younger and quicker than Ottawa; only one player on the Thistles was over the age of 20. However, poor soft ice conditions in Ottawa played a major factor as Ottawa swept the series with scores of 6–2 and 4–2.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|March 12, 1903||Ottawa||6–2||Rat Portage Thistles||Dey's Arena|
|March 14, 1903||Ottawa||4–2||Rat Portage Thistles|
|Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0|
- Game one
Source: Ottawa Citizen
All of the goals were scored in the first half. Fred Westwick did not play due to his wife's illness.
Source: Ottawa Citizen
For their win, the Ottawa players would each receive a silver nugget. From that point on the team would also be known as the Silver Seven.
Ottawa Hockey Club March 1903 Stanley Cup champions
Coaching and administrative staff:
- Placy Mituttler (President), Robert Shillington (Manager)
- Alf Smith (Coach), A. Mutchamor (Treasurer)
- W. Halton (Secretary), Halder Kirby (Club Doctor)
- Llewellyn Bates, Chauncy Kirby, Martin Rosenthal, Charles Sparks (Directors),
- Mac McGilton (Ass’t Trainer), Pete Green (Trainer)
- Alf Smith did not play for Ottawa in 1903. However he was playing-coach for Ottawa Silver Sevens next 3 Stanley Cup winning seasons.
- Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.
- Podnieks, Andrew (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-55168-261-3.
- "Champions Again Are The Ottawas". Ottawa Citizen. March 11, 1903. p. 6.
- "Thistles Defeated in the First Match". Ottawa Citizen. March 13, 1903. p. 6.
- "The Stanley Cup Remains In Ottawa". Ottawa Citizen. March 16, 1903. p. 6.
Montreal Hockey Club
| Ottawa Hockey Club
1903 Stanley Cup Champions
Ottawa Hockey Club