1919–20 Montreal Canadiens season

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1919–20 Montreal Canadiens
League 2nd (1st half), 3rd (2nd half) NHL
1919–20 record 8–4–0 (1st half), 5–7–0 (2nd half)
Goals for 129
Goals against 113
Team information
General Manager George Kennedy
Coach Newsy Lalonde
Captain Newsy Lalonde
Arena Mount Royal Arena
Team leaders
Goals Newsy Lalonde (37)
Assists Didier Pitre (7)
Louis Berlinquette (7)
Points Newsy Lalonde (42)
Penalties in minutes Bert Corbeau (59)
Wins Georges Vezina (13)
Goals against average Georges Vezina (4.66)

The 1919–20 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 11th season and third as a member of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens opened their new Mount Royal Arena built to replace burnt-down Jubilee Rink.

The Toronto NHL franchise was now operated by a new group and known as the Toronto St. Patricks. A Quebec team was active this season, meaning a four-team league operated, and players from the Quebec NHA team were 'returned' to the new Quebec Bulldogs NHL team. The Canadiens lost Joe Malone and Jack McDonald to the Bulldogs.

Harry Cameron joined the Canadiens from Ottawa and Howard McNamara re-joined the Canadiens after not playing since 1917 with the Toronto 228th Battalion, and serving in the Canadian army. Don Smith, who had last played for the Canadiens in 1914–15, returned after serving in the army, last playing for the Montreal Wanderers in 1915–16.

Regular season[edit]

The Mount Royal Arena was not ready for the start of the season, and the Canadiens started their season on the road. The home opener was held January 10, and Newsy Lalonde used the occasion to celebrate with six goals in a 14–7 drubbing of the Toronto St. Patricks.

On March 3, the Montreal Canadiens pummeled the Quebec Bulldogs 16–3, setting an all-time record for goals by one team.

Georges Vezina came third in the league in goals against average of 4.66 per game. Newsy Lalonde led the Canadiens in offence, scoring 37 goals and 9 assists to place second in league scoring to Joe Malone.

The Canadiens picked up their scoring from the previous season, but gave up more goals on defence and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since the 1914–15 season.

Final Standings[edit]

First half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Ottawa Senators 12 9 3 0 18 59 23
Montreal Canadiens 12 8 4 0 16 62 51
Toronto St. Patricks 12 5 7 0 10 52 62
Quebec Athletics 12 2 10 0 4 44 81
Second half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Ottawa Senators 12 10 2 0 20 62 41
Toronto St. Patricks 12 7 5 0 14 67 44
Montreal Canadiens 12 5 7 0 10 67 62
Quebec Athletics 12 2 10 0 4 47 96

[1] 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.

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1919-20 NHL Records
Team MON OTT QUE TOR
Montreal 1–7 7–1 5–3
Ottawa 7–1 7–1 5–3
Quebec 1–7 1–7 2–6
Toronto 3–5 3–5 6–2

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Score Record
December
25 at Quebec Bulldogs 12–5 1–0
27 Ottawa Senators 0–2 1–1
31 at Toronto St. Pats 1–5 1–2
January
7 at Ottawa Senators 3–4 1–3
10 Toronto St. Pats 14–7 2–3
12 Quebec Bulldogs 7–3 3–3
14 at Toronto St. Pats 4–3 4–3
17 Ottawa Senators 3–2 5–3
21 Toronto St. Pats 3–2 6–3
24 at Quebec Bulldogs 8–4 7–3
28 Quebec Bulldogs 4–3 8–3
31 at Ottawa Senators 3–11 8–4
Second half
Date Opponent Score Record
February
4 at Toronto St. Pats 6–5 1–0
7 Quebec Bulldogs 6–2 2–0
11 at Ottawa Senators 3–4 2–1
14 Ottawa Senators 2–3 2–2
18 Toronto St. Pats 2–8 2–3
21 at Quebec Bulldogs 7–8 2–4
25 at Ottawa Senators 3–6 2–5
28 Quebec Bulldogs 8–6 3–5
March
3 at Quebec Bulldogs 16–3 4–5
6 Ottawa Senators 3–4 4–6
10 Toronto St. Pats 7–2 5–6
13 at Toronto St. Pats 4–11 5–7

Playoffs[edit]

There was no playoffs as the Ottawa Senators won both halves of the season.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Newsy Lalonde 4 23 37 9 46 34 - - - - -
Amos Arbour 10 22 21 5 26 13 - - - - -
Didier Pitre 5 23 14 12 26 6 - - - - -
Odie Cleghorn 6 21 20 4 24 30 - - - - -
Harry Cameron 11 16 12 5 17 36 - - - - -
Bert Corbeau 2 24 11 6 17 65 - - - - -
Louis Berlinguette 8 24 8 9 17 36 - - - - -
Billy Coutu 9 20 4 0 4 67 - - - - -
Don Smith 7 12 1 0 1 6 - - - - -
Howard McNamara 3 12 1 0 1 6 - - - - -
Jack Coughlin 12 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Montreal. Stats reflect time with the Canadiens only.

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Georges Vezina 1 24 1456 13 11 0 113 0 4.66 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -.--

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Source:

  • Mouton, p. 153

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1 1893–1926 inc. National Hockey League. 
  • McFarlane, Brian (1996). The Habs. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing. ISBN 0-7737-2981-X. 
  • Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Key Porter Books. 
  • O'Brien, Andy (1971). Les Canadiens: the story of the Montreal Canadiens. Toronto, New York: McGrawHill-Ryerson. ISBN 0-07-092950-5. 
  1. ^ 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. 

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