1917–18 Ottawa Senators season
|1917–18 Ottawa Senators|
|1917–18 record||5–9–0 (1st half)
4–4–0 (2nd half)
|General Manager||Tommy Gorman|
|Goals||Cy Denneny (36)|
|Points||Cy Denneny (36)|
|Penalties in minutes||Cy Denneny (34)|
|Wins||Clint Benedict (9)|
|Goals against average||Clint Benedict (5.12)|
The 1917–18 Ottawa Senators season was the team's first season in the newly formed National Hockey League (NHL) and 33rd season of play overall. The Senators, along with the Montreal and Quebec franchises of the National Hockey Association (NHA), voted to suspend the NHA and form the NHL. Ottawa would finish second and third in the first and second halves of the season, and did not qualify for the playoffs.
Frank Nighbor was in the Air Corps and did not rejoin the team until later in the season. Horace Merrill quit ice hockey prior to the season, but would eventually play in a few games for the team. Rusty Crawford played for the Senators until Nighbor returned.
The Senators began their membership in the new NHL with a 7–4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at The Arena in Ottawa on December 19, 1917. The game began with team regulars Jack Darragh and Hamby Shore holding out in a contract dispute. This would be resolved in time for the second period. By then, the Canadiens had a 3–0 lead and the Senators could not make up the difference. Joe Malone of the Canadiens scored five goals in the win.
The team would record their first NHL win a week later on the December 26 on the road against the Montreal Wanderers. The Senators would then record their first ever NHL home win three days later against the same Wanderers.
The Wanderers withdrew from the league six games into the season due to a fire burning down their arena, so that left the NHL with three teams, the Senators, Canadiens and the Torontos. Ottawa picked up Dave Ritchie and Harry Hyland in the dispersal of players. Hyland would become Ottawa's playing coach. Ottawa would finish third in the first half, and second in the second half to miss out on the playoffs.
Cy Denneny would lead the team in scoring with 36 goals, behind only Joe Malone of the Canadiens in league scoring. Goaltender Clint Benedict would win all nine games for the team, and post a 5.12 GAA.
|Toronto Hockey Club||14||8||6||0||16||71||75|
|Toronto Hockey Club||8||5||3||0||10||37||34|
 Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
The Wanderers defaulted scheduled games against the Canadiens (Jan. 2, 1918) and Toronto (Jan. 5, 1918), when their arena burned down.
These appear as losses in the standings, but the games were not played.
Record vs. opponents
|1917-18 NHL Records|
Schedule and results
|1||December 19||Montreal Canadiens||7–4||Ottawa Senators||0–1–0||0|
|2||December 22||Ottawa Senators||4–11||Toronto||0–2–0||0|
|3||December 26||Ottawa Senators||6–3||Montreal Wanderers||1–2–0||2|
|4||December 29||Montreal Wanderers||2–9||Ottawa Senators||2–2–0||4|
|5||January 2||Toronto||6–5||Ottawa Senators||2–3–0||4|
|6||January 5||Ottawa Senators||5–6||Montreal Canadiens||2–4–0||4|
|7||January 12||Ottawa Senators||4–9||Montreal Canadiens||2–5–0||4|
|8||January 14||Toronto||6–9||Ottawa Senators||3–5–0||6|
|9||January 16||Ottawa Senators||4–5||Toronto||3–6–0||6|
|10||January 21||Montreal Canadiens||5–3||Ottawa Senators||3–7–0||6|
|11||January 23||Ottawa Senators||4–3||Montreal Canadiens||4–7–0||8|
|12||January 26||Toronto||3–6||Ottawa Senators||5–7–0||10|
|13||January 30||Montreal Canadiens||5–2||Ottawa Senators||5–8–0||10|
|14||February 4||Ottawa Senators||2–8||Toronto||5–9–0||10|
|15||February 6||Montreal Canadiens||3–6||Ottawa Senators||6–9–0||12|
|16||February 11||Ottawa Senators||1–3||Toronto||6–10–0||12|
|17||February 13||Toronto||6–1||Ottawa Senators||6–11–0||12|
|18||February 16||Ottawa Senators||4–10||Montreal Canadiens||6–12–0||12|
|19||February 23||Ottawa Senators||3–9||Toronto||6–13–0||12|
|20||February 25||Montreal Canadiens||0–8||Ottawa Senators||7–13–0||14|
|21||February 27||Ottawa Senators||3–1||Montreal Canadiens||8–13–0||16|
|22||March 6||Toronto||3–9||Ottawa Senators||9–13–0||18|
- Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
- Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;
|1917–18 Ottawa Senators|
- National Hockey League Guide & Record Book 2007
- "The Canadiens Won Easily at Ottawa". Toronto World. December 20, 1917. p. 8.
- Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.
- Holzman, Morey; Joseph Nieforth (2002). "Lichtenhein Loses the War". Deceptions and Doublecross: How the NHL Conquered Hockey. Toronto: Dundurn Press. pp. 169–70. ISBN 1-55002-413-2.
The league did not accept the Wanderers' resignation immediately, electing to wait and see whether the team showed up for its scheduled match in Toronto on Saturday January 5. ... The deadline did expire, and the once-powerful team that had been known as the Little Men of Iron was thrown onto the scrap heap of hockey history. The Wanderers' scheduled games of January 2 and 5 were officially recorded in the standings as victories for their respective opponents, the Canadiens and Torontos.
- "1917–18 Ottawa Senators". hockeydb.com. Retrieved June 26, 2011.