1914–15 NHA season
|League||National Hockey Association|
|Duration||December 26, 1914 – March 13, 1915|
|Number of games||20|
|Number of teams||6|
|Top scorer||Tommy Smith (39)|
|O'Brien Cup champions||Ottawa Senators|
The 1914–15 NHA season was the sixth season of the National Hockey Association and played from December 26, 1914 until March 3, 1915. Each team played 20 games. The Ottawa Senators won the NHA championship in a two game, total goal playoff against the Montreal Wanderers. The Senators, however fell to the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in the Stanley Cup championship. It was the second 'World's Series' between the NHA and the PCHA for the Stanley Cup.
At a meeting on March 30, 1914, held with the PCHA executives, the league decided:
- adopt the lines separating the three zones for off-side purposes
- to continue in six-man hockey, while the PCHA will continue in seven-man hockey
- to drop fines in general for infractions and use minutes off
- no player to come within five feet of players facing off
- no face-offs closer than 10 feet from the goaltender
- puck played after rebounding from goalkeeper no longer is offside
Source: Toronto Globe
At the November meeting of the league, the NHA decided:
- charging a player into the boards is a major foul,
- match foul penalized by 10 minutes off and $15 fine.
Prior to the season Art Ross was suspended for trying to organize a rival league, with higher players's salaries. The organizing attempt was not successful, and by January 7, Mr. Ross was reinstated. He signed with Ottawa.
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The Ontarios changed their team name to Shamrocks from the February 3 game forward.
A record long overtime game was played in Quebec on January 13 between Quebec and the Canadiens. Quebec defeated Montreal 3–2 after 50 minutes and 28 seconds of overtime, on a goal by Jack McDonald. Coach Jack Laviolette had to take over for Georges Vezina after Vezina was penalized.
The Ontarios had to forfeit their February 3 game with the Wanderers after the McNamara brothers took a personal leave to attend their fathers' funeral. Owner Eddie Livingstone of the Ontarios asked for a postponement but the Wanderers refused.
|Toronto Hockey Club||20||8||12||0||66||84|
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Montreal and Ottawa played a two-game total-goals series to determine the league championship and the O'Brien Cup.
|Game-by-Game||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|1||March 10||Ottawa Senators||4–0||Montreal Wanderers||Ottawa|
|2||March 13||Montreal Wanderers||1–0||Ottawa Senators||Montreal|
|Senators win series 4–1.|
Stanley Cup Final
The 1914–15 season was the second year of an agreement by the NHA and the PCHA where the champion of each league would compete for the Stanley Cup. All three games in this series were played in Vancouver, British Columbia, with the Millionaires sweeping the best of five series in three games.
|Game-by-Game||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Rules Used||Location|
|1||March 22||Vancouver Millionaires||6–2||Ottawa Senators||PCHA||Denman Arena, Vancouver|
|2||March 24||Vancouver Millionaires||8–3||Ottawa Senators||NHA|
|3||March 26||Vancouver Millionaires||12–3||Ottawa Senators||PCHA|
|Millionaires win best-of-five series 3 games to 0|
Schedule and results
|9||Toronto||1||Ottawa||2 (18' OT)|
|9||Quebec||2||Ontarios||3 (5' OT)|
|9||Canadiens||4||Wanderers||5 (6'45" OT)|
|13||Canadiens||2||Quebec||3 (50'20" OT)|
|24||Wanderers||4||Quebec||5 (2' OT)|
|Mar.||3||Quebec||3||Ottawa||4 (25" OT)|
† Defaulted to Wanderers.
Source: Coleman, pp. 272–273.
|Tommy Smith||Quebec & Ontarios||19||39|
- Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc. NHL.
- "Pro Hockey Leagues Do Away With Fines". The Globe (Toronto). April 1, 1914. p. 12.
- Coleman(1966), pg. 271
- Standings: Coleman, Charles (1966). Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1, 1893-1926 inc. National Hockey League. p. 273.
- "Wanderers Win First on New York Series". The Globe. March 19, 1915. p. 9.
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