1925–26 New York Americans season

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1925–26 New York Americans
League 5th NHL
1925–26 record 12–20–4
Team information
General Manager Tommy Gorman
Coach Tommy Gorman
Arena Madison Square Garden

The 1925–26 New York Americans season was the first season of the New York Americans ice hockey team of the National Hockey League. Despite having the roster of the previous season's top club, the Hamilton Tigers, the club finished in last place.

Offseason[edit]

Bill Dwyer became a hockey team owner by purchasing the suspended Hamilton Tigers franchise and the rights to its players for $80,000. Dwyer got Tommy Gorman to be general manager and coach from the Ottawa Senators, where he had been part-owner. Dwyer was convinced to buy the team by Bill MacBeth, an old friend and writer for the New York Herald-Tribune. MacBeth was convinced that the sport was a cinch to be successful in New York.[1]

The negotiations with Percy Thompson for the Hamilton players started in July and broke off in September after it was found out that Mickey Roach had retired and Billy Burch was under contract to coach in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gorman purchased Joe Simpson, Crutchy Morrison and Roy Rickey for $10,000 from the Edmonton Eskimos. Edmonton offered to sell the remaining players of the Eskimos, including Duke Keats and George Hainsworth for $45,000, but Gorman's counter-offer of $25,000 was rejected. When it became clear that the NHL was going to take back the Hamilton franchise, Thompson settled with Gorman for $75,000 on September 26, at the NHL meetings in New York.[2] Burch would eventually sign with the Americans for the then-huge salary of $25,000 for three seasons.[3]

The players still had to pay their $200 fines before being allowed to play. Calder added the condition that each player had to write a letter of apology. Some of the first letters of apology were not acceptable to Calder and he demanded and got the players to rewrite the letters. $300 of each player's salary was held back until the end of the season to ensure they would play every game.[4]

On December 4, eleven days before the first home game of the season, Dwyer would be arrested for bootlegging. Dwyer would slip into the background and Thomas Duggan of Montreal was named chairman of the board, John Hammond of the Madison Square Garden was named club president and the club was promoted as "Tex Rickard's Americans", Tex Rickard being the owner of Madison Square Gardens.[1]

Pre-season[edit]

The Americans held their first-ever training camp at Niagara Falls, Ontario. Thomas Duggan spoke about worries of the "Americanization" of ice hockey, stating that he had been approached in prior years about forming a four-team American league, but had turned it down. He convinced the other promoters to join the NHL. Duggan stated that the Americans instead signed with the NHL for $15,000 for the franchise and $85,000 for the players.[5]

Regular season[edit]

The former Hamilton players moved to New York and most moved into Bill Dwyer's headquarters, the Forrest Hotel, on 49th street, a half-block from the Gardens. The Hotel was also the home of several gangsters such as Legs Diamond, Dutch Schultz and Owney Madden, and writer Damon Runyan.[6] and the liquor and lifestyle would interfere with the team's on-ice play. Players would miss games due to drunkenness, although publicly the missed games would be attributed to injury.[7] The Americans, although having the roster of the previous season's top team, would finish in last place. The highlight of the season was a four-game winning streak in February, three of the four games played on the road.

Final standings[edit]

National Hockey League
Teams GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Ottawa Senators 36 24 8 4 77 42 341 52
Montreal Maroons 36 20 11 5 91 73 554 45
Pittsburgh Pirates 36 19 16 1 82 70 264 39
Boston Bruins 36 17 15 4 92 85 279 38
New York Americans 36 12 20 4 68 89 361 28
Toronto St. Patricks 36 12 21 3 92 114 325 27
Montreal Canadiens 36 11 24 1 79 108 458 23

[8] Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1925-26 NHL Records
Team BOS MON MTM NYA OTT PIT TOR
Boston 2–3–1 4–1–1 2–2–2 2–4 2–4 5–1
M. Canadiens 3–2–1 1–5 2–4 0–6 2–4 3–3
M. Maroons 1–4–1 5–1 4–1–1 1–2–3 3–3 6–0
New York 2–2–2 4–2 1–4–1 1–5 3–3 1–1–4
Ottawa 4–2 6–0 2–1–3 5–1 4–2 3–1–2
Pittsburgh 4–2 4–2 3–3 3–3 2–4 3–2–1
Toronto 1–5 3–3 0–6 1–1–4 1–3–2 2–3–1

Game log[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W December 2, 1925 2–1 OT @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 1–0–0
2 L December 5, 1925 3–5 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 1–1–0
3 W December 8, 1925 6–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 2–1–0
4 L December 10, 1925 0–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 2–2–0
5 L December 15, 1925 1–3 Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 2–3–0
6 L December 18, 1925 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 2–4–0
7 L December 19, 1925 1–4 Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 2–5–0
8 W December 22, 1925 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1925–26) 3–5–0
9 W December 26, 1925 3–1 Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 4–5–0
10 W December 30, 1925 2–1 OT Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 5–5–0
11 L January 2, 1926 2–3 OT @ Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 5–6–0
12 T January 7, 1926 2–2 OT Boston Bruins (1925–26) 5–6–1
13 W January 9, 1926 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 6–6–1
14 L January 11, 1926 0–1 OT Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 6–7–1
15 L January 13, 1926 1–2 Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 6–8–1
16 L January 15, 1926 3–4 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 6–9–1
17 L January 19, 1926 0–4 Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 6–10–1
18 L January 21, 1926 2–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 6–11–1
19 T January 23, 1926 2–2 OT Boston Bruins (1925–26) 6–11–2
20 T January 25, 1926 1–1 OT Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 6–11–3
21 L January 30, 1926 0–1 Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 6–12–3
22 T February 3, 1926 1–1 OT Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 6–12–4
23 L February 6, 1926 1–6 Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 6–13–4
24 L February 9, 1926 0–4 @ Boston Bruins (1925–26) 6–14–4
25 L February 13, 1926 1–2 @ Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 6–15–4
26 L February 16, 1926 2–3 Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 6–16–4
27 L February 18, 1926 3–7 Boston Bruins (1925–26) 6–17–4
28 W February 19, 1926 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 7–17–4
29 W February 24, 1926 6–1 Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 8–17–4
30 W February 27, 1926 1–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1925–26) 9–17–4
31 W March 2, 1926 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 10–17–4
32 L March 4, 1926 0–1 Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 10–18–4
33 L March 6, 1926 2–4 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 10–19–4
34 W March 9, 1926 1–0 @ Boston Bruins (1925–26) 11–19–4
35 L March 11, 1926 1–5 @ Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 11–20–4
36 W March 17, 1926 5–3 Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 12–20–4

Playoffs[edit]

The Americans did not qualify for the playoffs

Player stats[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Billy Burch 36 22 3 25 33
Red Green 35 13 4 17 42
Charlie Langlois 36 9 1 10 76
Shorty Green 32 6 4 10 40
Alex McKinnon 35 5 3 8 34
Ken Randall 34 4 2 6 94
Edmond Bouchard 30 3 1 4 10
Joe Simpson 32 2 2 4 2
Mickey Roach 25 3 0 3 4
Earl Campbell 29 1 0 1 6
Rene Boileau 7 0 0 0 0
Billy Cameron 21 0 0 0 0
Jake Forbes 36 0 0 0 0
Bob Hall 8 0 0 0 0
Joe Ironstone 1 0 0 0 0
John Morrison 18 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Jake Forbes 2240 36 12 20 4 86 2.30 2
Joe Ironstone 40 1 0 0 0 3 4.50 0
Team: 2280 36 12 20 4 89 2.34 2

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Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Frayne, p. 58
  2. ^ Holzman, pp. 263–264
  3. ^ Holzman, p. 264
  4. ^ Holzman, pp. 264–265
  5. ^ "Favors Salary Limit for Hockey Players". Ottawa Daily Citizen. October 26, 1925. p. 11. 
  6. ^ Frayne, pp.57–58
  7. ^ Frayne, p. 60
  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. 146. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  9. ^ "1925-26 New York Americans Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-26.