1919–20 Ottawa Senators season

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1919–20 Ottawa Senators
Stanley Cup champions
1919–20 record 9–3–0 (1st half)
10–2–0 (2nd half)
Home record 12–1–0
Road record 7–4–0
Goals for 121
Goals against 64
 Team information
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Pete Green
Captain Eddie Gerard
Arena The Arena
Team leaders
Goals Frank Nighbor (26)
Assists Frank Nighbor (7)
Points Frank Nighbor (33)
Penalties in minutes Sprague Cleghorn (62)
Wins Clint Benedict (19)
Goals against average Clint Benedict (2.66)
<1918–19 1920–21>

The 1919–20 Ottawa Senators season was the club's 35th season of play and third season in the NHL. It was a very successful season, as they set an NHL record for wins (19), points (38), and won both halves of the season, therefore the Sens automatically were awarded the NHL championship and the right to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Senators defeated Seattle to win their eighth Stanley Cup title.

Regular season[edit]

Team picture as published in 1921 Ice Hockey Guide

The Quebec Bulldogs team was relaunched and added to the league and the schedule changed from 18 games to 24. Also, the Toronto Arenas would get new ownership and be renamed the Toronto St. Pats.

Frank Nighbor led the Sens offensively with 26 goals, good for 3rd in the NHL, and his 33 points ranked him 4th. Clint Benedict would set an NHL record with 5 shutouts, and he led the league in both wins (19) and GAA (2.66).

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.

Playoffs[edit]

Ottawa won both halves of the schedule, and no NHL playoffs were played.

Stanley Cup Finals[edit]

The Senators would face the Seattle Metropolitans for the Stanley Cup, with all games scheduled to be played in Ottawa. However an unseasonably warm spring in the Ottawa area led to some problems with the ice at Dey's Arena, and the final two games were moved to Toronto's Arena Gardens, which had artificial ice equipment.

Despite playing in a neutral arena, the Senators would hold on, and win the series 3 games to 2 over Seattle, including a convincing 6–1 victory in the deciding game, to win the Stanley Cup for the first time as a member of the NHL.

Ottawa Senators 3, Seattle Metropolitans 2
# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 March 22 Seattle Metropolitans 2–3 Ottawa Senators 1–0
2 March 24 Seattle Metropolitans 0–3 Ottawa Senators 2–0
3 March 27 Seattle Metropolitans 3–1 Ottawa Senators 2–1
4 March 30 Seattle Metropolitans 5–2 Ottawa Senators 2–2
5 April 1 Seattle Metropolitans 1–6 Ottawa Senators 3–2

Schedule and results[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 December 23 Toronto St. Pats 0–3 Ottawa Senators 1–0–0 2
2 December 27 Montreal Canadiens 0–2 Ottawa Senators 2–0–0 4
3 January 1 Ottawa Senators 3–2 Quebec Bulldogs 3–0–0 6
4 January 3 Ottawa Senators 3–4 Toronto St. Pats 3–1–0 6
5 January 7 Montreal Canadiens 3–4 Ottawa Senators 4–1–0 8
6 January 10 Quebec Bulldogs 1–7 Ottawa Senators 5–1–0 10
7 January 14 Ottawa Senators 2–1 Quebec Bulldogs 6–1–0 12
8 January 17 Ottawa Senators 2–3 Montreal Canadiens 6–2–0 12
9 January 21 Quebec Bulldogs 1–12 Ottawa Senators 7–2–0 14
10 January 24 Ottawa Senators 3–5 Toronto St. Pats 7–3–0 14
11 January 28 Toronto St. Pats 0–7 Ottawa Senators 8–3–0 16
12 January 31 Montreal Canadiens 3–11 Ottawa Senators 9–3–0 18
13 February 4 Ottawa Senators 5–0 Quebec Bulldogs 10–3–0 20
14 February 7 Toronto St. Pats 4–3 Ottawa Senators 10–4–0 20
15 February 11 Montreal Canadiens 3–4 Ottawa Senators 11–4–0 22
16 February 14 Ottawa Senators 3–2 Montreal Canadiens 12–4–0 24
17 February 18 Quebec Bulldogs 3–9 Ottawa Senators 13–4–0 26
18 February 21 Ottawa Senators 5–3 Toronto St. Pats 14–4–0 28
19 February 25 Montreal Canadiens 3–6 Ottawa Senators 15–4–0 30
20 February 28 Ottawa Senators 1–0 Toronto St. Pats 16–4–0 32
21 March 3 Toronto St. Pats 4–7 Ottawa Senators 17–4–0 34
22 March 6 Ottawa Senators 4–3 Montreal Canadiens 18–4–0 36
23 March 8 Quebec Bulldogs 6–11 Ottawa Senators 19–4–0 38
24 March 10 Ottawa Senators 4–10 Quebec Bulldogs 19–5–0 38

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Frank Nighbor 23 26 7 33 18
Jack Darragh 22 22 5 27 22
Punch Broadbent 20 19 4 23 39
Sprague Cleghorn 21 16 5 21 62
Cy Denneny 22 16 2 18 21

Goaltending[edit]

Player GP MinI W L T GA SO GAA
Jack Darragh 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Clint Benedict 24 1443 19 5 0 64 5 2.66

Note:

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;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Ottawa Senators 1920 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Centres
  Wingers
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff

‡ Played rover position in the Stanley Cup Finals

Stanley Cup engraving

The Senators did not engrave their name on the Cup for the 1920 championship. When the trophy was redesigned in 1948 the words "1920 Ottawa Senators" were engraved onto a new collar.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 
  2. ^ "All Pro Players Under Similar Obligation". The Globe. January 1, 1920. p. 12.