1909–10 Ottawa Hockey Club season

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1909–10 Ottawa Hockey Club
Stanley Cup champions
Division 2nd NHA
1909–10 record 9–3–0
 Team information
Coach Pete Green
Arena The Arena
Team leaders
Goals Marty Walsh (23)
Wins Percy LeSueur (9)
Goals against average Percy LeSueur (5.5)
<1908–09 1910–11>

The 1909–10 Ottawa Hockey Club season saw the Ottawa Hockey Club secede from the Eastern Canada Hockey Association (ECHA), and join the new Canadian Hockey Association (CHA), only to abandon that group and join the National Hockey Association (NHA) a few weeks later. Ottawa held on to its Stanley Cup championship status through several challenges, only to lose it to the Montreal Wanderers who won the NHA championship.

Team business[edit]

The CHA was formed by three teams from the Eastern Canada Hockey Association: Ottawa, Quebec, and the Montreal Shamrocks. They wanted to form a new league after the Montreal Wanderers of the ECHA were sold to new owners that wanted to move the club to the smaller Jubilee Arena. The CHA rejected applications from Wanderers and other teams who then formed their own league, the National Hockey Association (NHA). The backers of the NHA included some very successful businessmen who had much deeper pockets than the CHA owners.

With the two competing leagues, competition for players was fierce. Renfrew wanted to get as many players from Ottawa as it could. While not signing Fred Lake, Dubby Kerr or Marty Walsh, Renfrew was able to sign Cyclone Taylor immediately before the season started. The club threatened Taylor with legal action after he accepted a $50 check from them, but then signed with Renfrew.[1] Edgar Dey left to play with Haileybury.

The CHA folded on January 15, 1910, after only a handful of games were played. Ottawa and the Shamrocks of the CHA were immediately absorbed into the NHA.

As Stanley Cup champions, the Ottawas attempted to arrange three Stanley Cup challenge series which had been accepted by the Stanley Cup trustees. Series with Edmonton and Galt, Ontario were arranged, but a planned challenge with the Winnipeg Shamrocks was abandoned when Winnipeg wired that they could not keep their team intact.[2] The Ottawas won both the Galt and Edmonton series. Ottawa is considered co-champions of the Stanley Cup in 1910.

Results[edit]

CHA

Play started on December 30. After a few games it was clear that fan interest was not there as only 800 fans were recorded for the game between the Nationals and the Shamrocks.

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 8 Ottawa 14 Le National 4
13 Ottawa 15 All-Montreal 5
NHA

A meeting with the NHA on January 15, 1910 was planned to consider amalgamation with the CHA, but amalgamation was not discussed. Instead the NHA admitted Ottawa and the Shamrocks. The Le National were offered the franchise of Les Canadiens, but declined. No invitation was offered to All-Montreal and Quebec. The CHA ceased operations.

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey Association
GP W L T GF GA
Montreal Wanderers 12 11 1 0 91 41
Ottawa Hockey Club 12 9 3 0 89 66
Renfrew Creamery Kings 12 8 3 1 96 54
Cobalt Silver Kings 12 4 8 0 79 104
Haileybury Hockey Club 12 4 8 0 77 83
Montreal Shamrocks 12 3 8 1 52 95
Les Canadiens 12 2 10 0 59 100

[3]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against


Results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 15 Shamrocks 3 Ottawa 15
22 Canadiens 4 Ottawa 6
26 Ottawa 8 Canadiens 4
29 Haileybury 4 Ottawa 11
Feb. 5 Ottawa 5 Cobalt 4
9 Ottawa 8 Haileybury 4
12 Renfrew 5 Ottawa 8 (10' over.)
19 Ottawa 5 Wanderers 7
23 Ottawa 9 Shamrocks 6
26 Cobalt 5 Ottawa 11
Mar. 5 Wanderers 3 Ottawa 1
8 Ottawa 2 Renfrew 17

Player statistics[edit]

Goaltending averages[edit]

Name GP GA SO Avg.
LeSueur, Percy 12 66 1 5.5

Scoring leaders[edit]

Name GP G
Walsh, Marty 11 23
Ridpath, Bruce 12 15

Stanley Cup Challenges[edit]

During the CHA season, Ottawa as Cup champion played one challenge in addition to their regular schedule:

Ottawa vs. Galt[edit]

Ottawa played a two-game total goals series against Galt, Ontario, champions of the Ontario Professional Hockey League and prevailed with 12–3 and 3–1 victories. Marty Walsh led Ottawa with 6 goals.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
January 5, 1910 Ottawa Hockey Club 12–3 Galt The Arena
January 7, 1910 Ottawa Hockey Club 3–1 Galt
Ottawa wins total goals series 15 goals to 4
January 5
Galt 3 at Ottawa 12
Lehman G LeSueur
Charlton P Lake 1
Murphy CP Mallen, K.
Manson 2 F Stuart 2
Mallen, J. 2 F Walsh 6
Dusome F Shore 2
Doherty 1 F Ridpath 1
Referee – R. Bowie
January 7
Galt 1 at Ottawa 3
Lehman G LeSueur
Charlton 1 P Lake 1
Murphy CP Shore
Cochrane F Stuart 1
Mallen, J. F Walsh
Dusome F Kerr
Doherty F Ridpath 1
Referee – Patrick & Spittal

Ottawa vs. Edmonton[edit]

During the NHA season Ottawa as Cup champion played a challenge against Edmonton in addition to their regular schedule. Edmonton was champion of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association.

January 18
Edmonton 4 at Ottawa 8
Jack Winchester G Percy LeSueur
William Field P Fred Lake
Hugh Ross CP Hamby Shore
Fred Whitcroft 2 F Bruce Stuart 2
Harold Deeton 1 F Marty Walsh 1
Hay Millar 1 F Gordon Roberts 4
Bert Boulton F Bruce Ridpath 1
Referees – Bowie & Campbell
January 20
Edmonton 7 at Ottawa 13
Jack Winchester G Percy LeSueur
William Field P Fred Lake
Hugh Ross CP Hamby Shore 1
Fred Whitcroft 3 F Bruce Stuart 5
Harold Deeton 2 F Marty Walsh 1
Hay Millar F Gordon Roberts 3
Bert Boulton 2 F Bruce Ridpath 3
Referees – Bowie & Campbell

Ottawa Hockey Club, January 1910 Stanley Cup Champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff
  • Thomas D'arcy McGee (President)†, Llewellyn Bates (Vice President)†
  • Pete Green (Coach)†, Patrick Basketville (Treasurer)†
  • Martin Rosenthal (Secretary)†, Mac McGilton (Trainer)†
  • Charles Sparks†, Charles Bryson†, Dave Mulligan† (Directors)
  • Perciville Buttler†, Charles Irvin† (Directors)


†known non-playing members of 1910 Ottawa Hockey Club. No team picture of Ottawa in 1910 has been found.

Stanley Cup engraving

Ottawa engraved "Ottawa 1910" and "OTTAWA vs GALT/OTTAWA vs EDMONTON".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc. National Hockey League. 
Notes
  1. ^ "Want to Take It To Courts". Ottawa Citizen. December 31, 2009. p. 8. 
  2. ^ "Stanley Cup Dates Finally Chosen But How Many Teams Will Play?". Ottawa Citizen. December 15, 1909. p. 8. 
  3. ^ Standings: Coleman, Charles (1966). Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1, 1893-1926 inc. National Hockey League. p. 190.