1919–20 PCHA season

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The 1919–20 PCHA season was the ninth season of the professional men's ice hockey Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) league. Season play ran from December 26, 1919, until March 10, 1920. The season was enlarged to 22 games per team. The Seattle Metropolitans club would place first during the regular season and then won the play-off with Vancouver Millionaires to take the PCHA championship. The Mets then played in the 1920 Stanley Cup Finals series against Ottawa Senators, National Hockey League (NHL) champions. The Senators won the best-of-five series three games to two.

League business[edit]

At the league's annual meeting on November 21, 1919, Frank Patrick was re-elected as PCHA president.

Several players retired, including Si Griffis, Barney Stanley and Mickey MacKay of Vancouver, and Ran McDonald of Seattle. Three players from Stanley Cup champion Toronto of the NHL moved to the PCHA this season: Alf Skinner, Jack Adams and Harry Meeking.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Pacific Coast Hockey Association GP W L T GF GA
Seattle Metropolitans 22 12 10 0 59 55
Vancouver Millionaires 22 11 11 0 75 65
Victoria Aristocrats 22 10 12 0 57 71

Schedule and results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec 26 Seattle 1 Victoria 2
29 Victoria 3 Vancouver 4 (00:24 OT)
31 Vancouver 2 Seattle 3
Jan 2 Vancouver 4 Victoria 7
5 Seattle 2 Vancouver 3
7 Victoria 2 Seattle 5
9 Seattle 0 Victoria 2
12 Victoria 4 Vancouver 3
14 Vancouver 3 Seattle 1
16 Vancouver 2 Victoria 1
19 Seattle 5 Vancouver 2
21 Victoria 1 Seattle 3
23 Vancouver 1 Victoria 4
26 Victoria 5 Vancouver 7
28 Vancouver 3 Seattle 4 (3:59 OT)
30 Seattle 4 Victoria 2
Feb 2 Seattle 3 Vancouver 4 (3:40 OT)
4 Victoria 0 Seattle 3
6 Vancouver 3 Victoria 1
9 Victoria 3 Vancouver 2
11 Vancouver 4 Seattle 2
13 Seattle 1 Victoria 6
16 Seattle 3 Vancouver 2
18 Victoria 0 Seattle 6
20 Vancouver 1 Victoria 3
23 Victoria 4 Vancouver 10
25 Vancouver 8 Seattle 0
27 Seattle 2 Victoria 3 (7:04 OT)
Mar 1 Seattle 2 Vancouver 5
3 Victoria 0 Seattle 2
5 Vancouver 2 Victoria 3
8 Seattle 2 Vancouver 0
10 Victoria 1 Seattle 5

Source: Coleman(1966).[1]

Player statistics[edit]

Goaltending averages[edit]

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Holmes, Hap Seattle 22 55 4 2.2
Lehman, Hugh Vancouver 22 65 1 3.0
Fowler, Norman Victoria 22 71 1 3.2

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Dunderdale, TommyTommy Dunderdale Victoria Aristocrats 22 26 7 33 35
Foyston, FrankFrank Foyston Seattle Metropolitans 22 26 3 29 3
Harris, SmokeySmokey Harris Vancouver Millionaires 22 14 11 25 12
Oatman, EddieEddie Oatman Victoria Aristocrats 22 11 14 25 38
Roberts, GordonGordon Roberts Vancouver Millionaires 22 16 3 19 13
Skinner, AlfAlf Skinner Vancouver Millionaires 22 15 2 17 28
Riley, JimJim Riley Seattle Metropolitans 22 11 4 15 49
Tobin, CharlesCharles Tobin Seattle Metropolitans 19 10 4 14 3
Cook, LloydLloyd Cook Vancouver Millionaires 21 10 4 14 15
Duncan, ArtArt Duncan Vancouver Millionaires 22 5 9 14 3

Source: Toronto World, March 19, 1920.[2]

Playoffs[edit]

Seattle and Vancouver met for the third straight year in the playoffs to decide the PCHA championship. Vancouver won the first game 3–0 at Seattle, but Seattle struck back in Vancouver, defeating the Millionaires 6–0 to win the championship and advance to the Stanley Cup Final in Ottawa. Gordon Roberts of Vancouver played his last professional game in the first game and scored a goal.[3]

Date Home Score Away Score
March 12 Seattle 0 Vancouver 3
March 15 Vancouver 0 Seattle 6

Source: Coleman(1966)[4]

Final[edit]

Ottawa won the first two games of the series. After Jack Darragh scored the game-winning goal in their 3–2 victory in game one, goaltender Clint Benedict led the Senators to a 3–0 shutout win in game two. Seattle won game three, 3–1, before the series was shifted to Toronto because of Ottawa's slushy ice conditions (The Ottawa Arena did not have artificial ice). Frank Foyston then scored twice to lead the Mets to a 5–2 victory in game four to even the series. In the fifth game, Darragh recorded a hat-trick to lead the Senators to a 6–1 win to clinch the Cup.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
1 March 22 Ottawa Senators 3–2 Seattle Metropolitans The Arena, Ottawa
2 March 24 Ottawa Senators 3–0 Seattle Metropolitans
3 March 27 Seattle Metropolitans 3–1 Ottawa Senators
4 March 30 Seattle Metropolitans 5–2 Ottawa Senators Arena Gardens, Toronto
5 April 1 Ottawa Senators 6–1 Seattle Metropolitans
Ottawa wins best-of-five series 3 games to 2

Source: Coleman(1966)[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coleman 1966, p. 372.
  2. ^ "Foyston is Second Best Man At Coast". Toronto World. March 19, 1920. p. 9. 
  3. ^ Coleman 1966, p. 373.
  4. ^ Coleman 1966, pp. 373–374.
  5. ^ Coleman 1966, pp. 375–376.
  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1936 inc. 
Preceded by
1919 PCHA season
PCHA seasons
1919–20
Succeeded by
1920–21 PCHA season