1915 Stanley Cup Finals

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1915 Stanley Cup Finals
Stanley Cup 1921.jpg
The Stanley Cup in 1921. It would have looked the same in 1915.
1 2 3 Total
Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) 6 8 12 3
Ottawa Senators (NHA) 2 3 3 0
PCHA rules: 1,3 NHA: 2
Location(s) Vancouver (Denman Arena)
Format best-of-five
Coaches Vancouver: Frank Patrick
Ottawa: Frank Shaughnessy (mgr.)
Dates March 22, 1915, to March 26, 1915.
Series-winning goal Barney Stanley (5:30, second)

The 1915 Stanley Cup Finals was played from March 22–26, 1915. The Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champion Vancouver Millionaires swept the National Hockey Association (NHA) champion Ottawa Senators three games to none in a best-of-five game series. The finals were played in Vancouver, with games one, three and five played under PCHA rules. The Millionaires became the first team from the PCHA to win the Cup. This was the second Stanley Cup championship series between the champions of the NHA and the PCHA and the first held in a PCHA rink.

Paths to the Finals[edit]

Vancouver finished the 1914–15 PCHA regular season in first place, and thus winning that league's title, with a record of 13–4. Meanwhile, Ottawa and the Montreal Wanderers both finished the 1914–15 NHA regular season tied for first place with identical 14–6 records, and thus had to play a two-game total goals series to determine the NHA champion. Ottawa won this series 4–1 to advance to the Stanley Cup final.

Game summaries[edit]

All games of the championship finals were played at Vancouver's Denman Arena, the home of the PCHA champion Millionaires. Vancouver ended up sweeping the series with victories of 6–2, 8–3, and 12–3, scoring 26 total goals while limiting the Senators to just eight overall. Former Senator Cyclone Taylor led the Millionaires with six goals. Future Hockey Hall of Famer Barney Stanley scored five goals, including three in the second period of game three. The Cup was not brought west to Vancouver by the Senators, so was not immediately presented to the winners.

Game-by-Game Winning Team Score Losing Team Rules Used Location
1 March 22 Vancouver Millionaires 6–2 Ottawa Senators PCHA Denman Arena, Vancouver
2 March 24 Vancouver Millionaires 8–3 Ottawa Senators NHA
3 March 26 Vancouver Millionaires 12–3 Ottawa Senators PCHA
Millionaires win best-of-five series 3 – 0

Vancouver Millionaires – 1915 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Players

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • None (see Frank Patrick)

‡ Played rover, a position between both defencemen and behind the center.

Stanley Cup engraving

The Senators had the words "Ottawa/NHA Champions/1914–15" engraved on the base of the trophy's original bowl even though they did not win the Cup final. This was similar to the practice prior to the NHA-PCHA agreement when the trophy was officially passed on to the winner of the league championship of the previous Cup champion's league. The previous Cup winner was the 1913–14 NHA champion Toronto Blueshirts.

After the series, "Vancouver B.C./1914–15/Defeated Ottawa/3 Straight Games" was added to the Cup. Eight players' names and the manager's name were also engraved inside the bowl along the fluted sides.

Kenny Mallen played 14 of 16 regular season games, and two of three games in the finals. Mallen's name was left off by mistake. Johnny Matz who played one game in the regular season before being released, was not on the Cup either.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Toronto Hockey Club
1914
Vancouver Millionaires
Stanley Cup Champions

1915
Succeeded by
Montreal Canadiens
1916