1922–23 NHL season
|1922–23 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||December 16, 1922 – March 9, 1923|
|Number of games||24|
|Number of teams||4|
|Season champions||Ottawa Senators|
|Top scorer||Babe Dye (St. Patricks)|
The 1922–23 NHL season was the sixth season of the National Hockey League. Four teams played 24 games each. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens for the NHL championship, and then defeated Vancouver and Edmonton to win the Stanley Cup.
At the start of the season, Newsy Lalonde found himself moving west as the Montreal Canadiens traded him to the Saskatoon Sheiks of the Western Canada Hockey League for a rising young star named Aurel Joliat. Joliat would help the Canadiens win the second playoff spot over the St. Patricks. Joliat scored two goals in his first game with the Canadiens, but Babe Dye had five goals in the Toronto St. Patricks' 7–2 win. Joliat finished with 12 goals and 21 points in 24 games.
On January 31, 1923, the Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Tigers played the first penalty-free game in NHL history, a 5–4 Montreal victory.
On February 14, 1923, CFCA, the radio station of the Toronto Star, broadcast the third period of the Senators-St. Patricks game in Toronto. This was the first radio broadcast of an NHL game. The broadcaster has not been identified, but it may have been Norman Albert who broadcast the Midland-North Toronto game February 8 from the Toronto Arena.
|Toronto St. Patricks||24||13||10||1||27||82||88|
This was the second year in which the Stanley Cup playoffs involved three leagues. The previous year saw all three second place teams win their respective leagues. This year, it was all the first place teams. The NHL total goals playoffs for the O'Brien Cup were won by the Ottawa Senators 3 goals to 2, despite the dirty play of several Montreal Canadiens players. (citation needed) The Pacific Coast Hockey Association abandoned its seven-man hockey in favour of the six-man rules used in the NHL and the Western Canada Hockey League. This allowed the PCHA and the WCHL to play interleague games. Despite playing interleague games, the two separate leagues kept their own standings. The newly renamed Vancouver Maroons won the PCHA championship and the Edmonton Eskimos won the WCHL championship.
All dates are in 1923
Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
|March 7||Montreal Canadiens||0||Ottawa Senators||2|
|March 9||Ottawa Senators||1||Montreal Canadiens||2|
Ottawa wins total goals series three goals to two.
Stanley Cup playoffs
The Stanley Cup playoffs were played in Vancouver. There, the WCHL champions received the privilege of battling the winner between Ottawa and Vancouver. In the end, Ottawa prevailed over both Western opponents to win their eighth Stanley Cup (third as a member of the NHL). Injuries had thinned the Senators line-up, and after seeing the gritty show put on by the undermanned Senators, Vancouver head coach Frank Patrick called them the greatest team he had ever seen.
Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Maroons
|March 16||Ottawa Senators||1||Vancouver Maroons||0|
|March 19||Ottawa Senators||1||Vancouver Maroons||4|
|March 23||Ottawa Senators||3||Vancouver Maroons||2|
|March 26||Ottawa Senators||5||Vancouver Maroons||1|
Ottawa wins best-of-five series three games to one.
Stanley Cup Finals
Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Eskimos
|March 29||Ottawa Senators||2||Edmonton Eskimos||1||(OT)|
|March 31||Ottawa Senators||1||Edmonton Eskimos||0|
Ottawa wins best-of-three series two games to none for the Stanley Cup.
NHL Playoff scoring leader
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points
|Punch Broadbent||Ottawa Senators||8||6||1||7|
O'Brien Cup — Ottawa Senators
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; PIM = Penalties in minutes; Pts = Points
|Babe Dye||Toronto St. Patricks||22||26||11||19||37|
|Cy Denneny||Ottawa Senators||24||23||11||28||34|
|Billy Boucher||Montreal Canadiens||24||24||7||55||31|
|Jack Adams||Toronto St. Patricks||23||19||9||42||28|
|Mickey Roach||Hamilton Tigers||24||17||10||8||27|
|Odie Cleghorn||Montreal Canadiens||24||19||6||18||25|
|George Boucher||Ottawa Senators||24||14||9||58||23|
|Reg Noble||Toronto St. Patricks||24||12||11||47||23|
|Cully Wilson||Hamilton Tigers||23||16||5||46||21|
|Aurel Joliat||Montreal Canadiens||24||12||9||37||21|
|Clint Benedict||Ottawa Senators||24||1486||14||9||1||54||4||2.18|
|Georges Vezina||Montreal Canadiens||24||1488||13||9||2||61||2||2.46|
|John Ross Roach||Toronto St. Patricks||24||1469||13||10||1||88||1||3.59|
|Jake Forbes||Hamilton Tigers||24||1470||6||18||0||110||0||4.49|
The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1922–23 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):
The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1922–23 (listed with their last team):
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- Pacific Coast Hockey Association
- Western Canada Hockey League
- List of pre-NHL seasons
- 1922 in sports
- 1923 in sports
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