1926–27 Detroit Cougars season
|1926–27 Detroit Cougars (NHL)|
|General Manager||Art Duncan|
|Arena||Border Cities Arena|
|Goals||John Sheppard (13)|
|Assists||John Sheppard (8)|
Gordon "Duke" Keats (8)
|Points||John Sheppard (21)|
|Penalties in minutes||John Sheppard (60)|
|Wins||Hap Holmes (11)|
|Goals against average||Herb Stuart (1.67)|
The 1926–27 Detroit Cougars season was the first season of National Hockey League (NHL) hockey in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Cougars scored 28 points, finished at the bottom of the American Division as well as the league and failed to make the playoffs in their inaugural year.
- 1 Founding
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Schedule and results
- 4 Playoffs
- 5 Player statistics
- 6 Awards and records
- 7 Transactions
- 8 Roster
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
On May 15, 1926, the Townsend syndicate of investors was granted a conditional expansion NHL franchise, to begin play in the upcoming season if their arena was ready. For players, the syndicate decided to purchase one of the most successful teams from the bankrupt Western Canada Hockey League, the Victoria Cougars, who had won the Stanley Cup in 1925. On September 25, 1926, the NHL made the franchise purchase permanent, although the arena was not ready.The expansion club kept the Cougars name. The club played in Windsor for the entire season.
Olympia Stadium wasn't finished being built in time for the 1926–27 season, so the Cougars began play in Border Cities Arena right across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario. The team struggled as the players adjusted to the style of play in the NHL and the team finished with only twelve wins on the season and over 80,000 USD in debt. The team's total of 28 points is the lowest total points for a season in the Detroit Red Wings' franchise history.
The team's first game, a "home game" in Windsor, was played on November 18 before a sell-out crowd of 6,000. Starting goaltender Hap Holmes took ill two hours before game time and substitute Herb Stuart gave up two goals in the first three minutes before shutting down the Boston Bruins for the rest of the game. However, Detroit could not score on Doc Stewart in the Boston net and lost 2–0.
Haldor "Slim" Halderson scored the first goal in franchise history in the third period of a loss to Pittsburgh on November 20. The team won its first game on November 24, defeating expansion cousins Chicago Black Hawks, 1–0, in Chicago. Frank Frederickson scored the game's only goal. On November 30, Russell Oatman had the first multiple goal game in franchise history, scoring two goals in a 4–0 victory over the Maroons. In the same game, Hap Holmes recorded the first shutout in franchise history.
On January 1, 1927, the Cougars suspended Oatman and Hobie Kitchen for "breaking training." The Cougars then shook up their line-up that week by selling Oatman to the Maroons and trading Frank Fredrickson and Harry Meeking to the Bruins for Duke Keats and Archie Briden.
After 33 games, the Cougars replaced Duncan as coach with Keats. Duncan has a record of 10–21–2. Keats record was 2–7–2.
|New York Rangers||44||25||13||6||95||72||56|
|Chicago Black Hawks||44||19||22||3||115||116||41|
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.
For complete final standings, see 1926–27 NHL season
Record vs. opponents
|1926-27 NHL Records|
Schedule and results
Record: 3–2–0; Home: 1–1–0; Road: 2–1–0
|4||November 27||NY Americans||2–4||Detroit||2–2–0||4|
|5||November 30||Detroit||4–0||Mtl. Maroons||3–2–0||6|
Record: 2–6–1; Home: 1–4–0; Road: 1–2–1
|6||December 4||NY Rangers||0–1||Detroit||4–2–0||8|
|8||December 11||NY Americans||4–2||Detroit||4–4–0||8|
|11||December 19||Detroit||1–1||NY Rangers||OT||5–5–1||11|
|12||December 23||Mtl. Canadiens||3–2||Detroit||5–6–1||11|
|14||December 30||Mtl. Maroons||2–0||Detroit||5–8–1||11|
Record: 3–8–1; Home: 1–2–0; Road: 2–6–1
|18||January 9||Detroit||1–4||NY Rangers||6–11–1||13|
|19||January 11||Detroit||1–0||NY Americans||OT||7–11–1||15|
|22||January 18||Detroit||3–5||Mtl. Canadiens||8–12–2||18|
|24||January 25||Detroit||1–2||Mtl. Maroons||8–14–2||18|
|26||January 29||Detroit||0–2||NY Rangers||8–16–2||18|
Record: 2–6–0; Home: 2–4–0; Road: 0–2–0
|29||February 12||Mtl. Canadiens||4–1||Detroit||9–18–2||20|
|34||February 24||Mtl. Maroons||2–0||Detroit||10–22–2||22|
Record: 2–6–2; Home: 1–4–1; Road: 1–2–1
|35||March 1||Detroit||0–3||Mtl. Canadiens||10–23–2||22|
|39||March 13||NY Rangers||2–2||Detroit||OT||11–25–3||25|
|40||March 15||Detroit||1–0||NY Americans||12–25–3||27|
|41||March 17||NY Rangers||2–0||Detroit||12–26–3||27|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates regulation loss.
- Yellow background indicates tie.
The Detroit Cougars failed to make the playoffs.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
|Gordon "Duke" Keats*||C||25||11||8||19||42||–||–||–||–||–|
|Harold "Slim" Halderson*||D||18||2||0||2||29||–||–||–||–||–|
|Chapman "Hobie" Kitchen||F||17||0||2||2||42||–||–||–||–||–|
|Harold "Gizzy" Hart*||LW||6||0||0||0||0||–||–||–||–||–|
*Stats reflect games played with Detroit only.
Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average
Awards and records
Trophies and awards
The Cougars were involved in the following transactions during the 1926–27 season.
|October 18, 1926||To Detroit Cougars
|To Chicago Black Hawks |
|October 27, 1926||To Detroit Cougars
|To Saskatoon Crescents (WHL) |
|December 12, 1926||To Detroit Cougars
|To Montreal Canadiens |
Harold "Gizzy" Hart
|January 6, 1927||To Detroit Cougars
|To Montreal Maroons |
|January 7, 1927||To Detroit Cougars
Gordon "Duke" Keats
|To Boston Bruins |
|January 7, 1927||To Detroit Cougars
|To Toronto St. Pats |
Harold "Slim" Halderson
|1926–27 Detroit Red Wings Roster|
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- "Detroit Cougars Are Beaten By Pittsburgh Pirates". Detroit Free Press. November 21, 1926. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Cougars Hand Chicago Team First Defeat: Frederickson Scores Only Goal of Game to Give Detroit Initial Victory". Detroit Free Press. November 25, 1926. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Cougars Gain Easy Victory Over Maroons". Detroit Free Press. December 1, 1926. pp. 20–21 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Trade Is Announced". Montreal Gazette. January 7, 1927. p. 15.
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