1913–14 PCHA season

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The 1913–14 PCHA season was the third season of the professional men's ice hockey Pacific Coast Hockey Association league. Season play ran from December 5, 1913, until February 24, 1914. Like the previous two seasons, teams were to play a 16-game schedule, but one game was cancelled. The Victoria Aristocrats club would be the PCHA champions. After the season, Victoria travelled to Toronto to play the Toronto Hockey Club, National Hockey Association (NHA) champions, in a challenge series for the 1914 Stanley Cup. Toronto won the series.

League business[edit]

Frank Patrick became league president, succeeding C. E. Doherty.[1] The Victoria Senators changed their name to the Victoria Aristocrats. In the fall of 1913, the PCHA and the NHA agreed to support a draft arrangement, whereby the PCHA could draft NHA players annually for four years. The PCHA would draft three players on a rotating basis among the NHA teams. The first draft, in 1914, would have the PCHA select one player from Ottawa, one from Quebec, and one from the Wanderers.[2] An agreement was made with the NHA to send the PCHA champion east to play the NHA champion for the "world's championship" at the end of the season.[3]

Rule changes

This season marked the introduction of the blue lines used in today's official ice hockey rinks. The league sub-divided the rink into three zones of 67 feet (20 m), allowing forward passing in the centre zone. This change was at the instigation of the Patrick brothers.[4] The league also started awarding assists for players helping to set up a goal, allowing substitution at any time, banning players from within 5 feet (1.5 m) of a faceoff, having separate dressing rooms for the officials, allowing the kicking of the puck except to score and added a goal line between the posts of the goal net.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Cyclone Taylor won the scoring championship with 39 points. Taylor and Tommy Dunderdale won the goal-scoring championship with 24 goals. The top single-game scoring feat was accomplished by Eddie Oatman, who scored six goals in his final game of the season against Vancouver on February 24, 1914, to finish with 22 goals.

Victoria was in last place on January 23, but then won six games in a row to claim the league championship and the Paterson Cup.

Final standings[edit]

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

Pacific Coast Hockey Association GP W L T GF GA
Victoria Aristocrats 15 10 5 0 80 67
New Westminster Royals 16 7 9 0 75 81
Vancouver Millionaires 15 6 9 0 76 83

Stanley Cup playoffs[edit]

After the season, Victoria travelled to Toronto to play the Toronto Blueshirts, the NHA and Stanley Cup champion. A controversy occurred when it was revealed that the Victoria club had not filed a formal challenge. A letter arrived from the Stanley Cup trustees on March 17, that the trustees would not let the Stanley Cup travel west, as they did not consider Victoria a proper challenger because they had not formally notified the trustees.[5] However, on March 18, Trustee William Foran stated that it was a misunderstanding. PCHA president Frank Patrick had not filed a challenge, because he had expected Emmett Quinn of the NHA to make all of the arrangements in his role as hockey commissioner, whereas the trustees thought they were being deliberately ignored. In any case, all arrangements had been ironed out and the Victoria challenge was accepted.[6][7]

Date Score Score Rules Notes
March 14 Victoria 2 Toronto 5 NHA
March 17 Victoria 5 Toronto 6 PCHA 15:00 OT
March 19 Victoria 1 Toronto 2 NHA

Exhibition series[edit]

Vancouver travelled to New York, and played in a tournament with the Quebec Bulldogs and Montreal Wanderers of the NHA.[8]

Schedule and results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 5 New Westminster 7 Vancouver 5
9 Victoria 5 New Westminster 6
12 New Westminster 2 Vancouver 6
16 Victoria 3 Vancouver 11
19 New Westminster 4 Victoria 6
26 Vancouver 4 Victoria 9
30 New Westminster 3 Vancouver 7
Jan. 2 New Westminster 5 Victoria 4
6 Victoria 6 Vancouver 5
9 Vancouver 3 New Westminster 2
13 New Westminster 3 Victoria 5
16 New Westminster 5 Vancouver 8
20 Vancouver 7 Victoria 6 (14:45 OT)
23 Victoria 4 New Westminster 6
27 Victoria 5 Vancouver 3
30 New Westminster 5 Victoria 7
Feb. 3 Vancouver 2 New Westminster 8
6 New Westminster 3 Vancouver 1
10 Vancouver 2 Victoria 5
13 Victoria 2 New Westminster 1 (36:46 OT)
17 Victoria 5 Vancouver 4 (7:40 OT)
20 New Westminster 1 Victoria 8
24 New Westminster 6 Vancouver 9
24a Victoria Vancouver
  • a Cancelled

A game between Vancouver and Victoria was cancelled at the end of the season.

Player statistics[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Bert Lindsay Victoria 15 67 4.5
Hugh Lehman New Westminster 16 81 5.0
Allan Parr Vancouver 15 83 5.5

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Taylor, CycloneCyclone Taylor Vancouver Millionaires 16 24 15 39 18
Kerr, DubbieDubbie Kerr Victoria Aristocrats 16 20 11 31 15
Dunderdale, TommyTommy Dunderdale Victoria Aristocrats 16 24 4 28 34
Oatman, EddieEddie Oatman New Westminster Royals 16 22 5 27 18
Mallen, KenKen Mallen New Westminster Royals 16 20 6 26 46
McDonald, RanRan McDonald New Westminster Royals 16 15 5 20 34
Nichols, SibbySibby Nichols Vancouver Millionaires 12 14 6 20 21
Patrick, FrankFrank Patrick Vancouver Millionaires 16 11 9 20 3
Harris, SmokeySmokey Harris Vancouver Millionaires 15 14 3 17 33
Pitre, DidierDidier Pitre Vancouver Millionaires 15 14 2 16 12

All-Stars[edit]

Source: Coleman 1966[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Boileau, Ron; Wolf, Philip (2000), "The Pacific Coast Hockey Association", in Diamond, Dan, Total Hockey, pp. 51–54, ISBN 1-892129-85-X 
  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1936 inc. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Boileau & Wolf 2000, p. 52.
  2. ^ "As To Drafting of Hockey Players". Toronto World. March 4, 1914. p. 8. 
  3. ^ "Hockey Season At Coast Opens With Exhibition Game Tomorrow". Ottawa Citizen. November 27, 1913. p. 8. 
  4. ^ Coleman, p. 258
  5. ^ "Stanley Cup Contest May Not Be for the Mug, After All is Said". Saskatoon Phoenix. March 18, 1914. p. 8. 
  6. ^ "A Tempest In a Teapot". Montreal Daily Mail. March 19, 1914. p. 9. 
  7. ^ "Stanley Cup Muddle Cleared Up". Toronto Globe and Mail. March 19, 1914. 
  8. ^ "Quebec Will Meet Wanderers in Final". Montreal Daily Mail. March 19, 1914. p. 9. 
  9. ^ Coleman 1966, p. 259.
Preceded by
1912–13 PCHA season
PCHA seasons
1913–14
Succeeded by
1914–15 PCHA season