1904–05 FAHL season

The 1904–05 Federal Amateur Hockey League (FAHL) season lasted from December 31, 1904, until March 3. Teams played an eight-game schedule.

League businessEdit

The Ottawa Hockey Club, who officially joined the FAHL prior to the end of the last season, played its first full season in the league. Montreal Le National left the league and joined the rival Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL). Ottawa had negotiated with the CAHL to return, along with the Wanderers joining, but this was turned down. The Ottawa Capitals also left the FAHL.


The Wanderers played an exhibition series in New York City in December 1904. One game, versus the New York City Athletic Club, was noted for its rough play by the Wanderers.[1]

Regular seasonEdit

The newly transferred Ottawa Hockey Club won the league championship – and retained the Stanley Cup – with a record of seven wins and one loss.


Ottawa's Frank McGee scored five goals against the Montagnards on February 4.

Final standingsEdit

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Ottawa Hockey Club
Montreal Wanderers
Cornwall HC
Montreal Montagnards


Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 31 Cornwall 4 Wanderers 6
Jan. 2 Montagnards 3 Brockville 10
7 Wanderers 3 Ottawa 9
11 Cornwall 2 Brockville 3
13 Wanderers 6 Montagnards 1
21 Montagnards 2 Cornwall 4
23 Ottawa 3 Brockville 5
27 Cornwall 3 Montagnards 2
28 Wanderers 3 Brockville 2
Feb. 1 Brockville 4 Wanderers 8
1 Ottawa 7 Cornwall 2
4 Montagnards 4 Ottawa 14
8 Brockville 0 Ottawa 7
11 Ottawa 4 Wanderers 2
13 Brockville 1 Cornwall 2
17 Brockville 9 Montagnards 2
18 Wanderers 7 Cornwall 1
24 Cornwall 0 Ottawa 9
25 Montagnards 2 Wanderers 9
Mar. 3 (†) Ottawa 7 Montagnards 3

† Ottawa HC lock down League Championship, retain Stanley Cup.

Goaltending averagesEdit

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Finnie, Dave Ottawa 8 19 2 2.4
Baker, W. Wanderers 7 23 0 3.3
Kerr Brockville 8 30 0 3.8
Lavigne Montagnards 1 4 0 4.0
Brighton Wanderers 1 4 0 4.0
Hunter, Jack Cornwall 8 37 0 4.6
Menard, Henri Montagnards 7 58 0 8.3

Scoring leadersEdit

Name Club GP G
McGee, Frank Ottawa 6 17
Marshall, Jack Wanderers 8 17
Westwick, Harry Ottawa 8 15
Smith, Alf Ottawa 8 13
Blachford, Cecil Wanderers 7 10
Glass, Frank Wanderers 6 9
Lannon, W. Brockville 8 7
Shore, Hamby Ottawa 3 6
Marks, Jack Brockville 8 6
Mallette, Bob Cornwall 8 5

Stanley Cup challengesEdit

Ottawa vs. Dawson CityEdit

The Klondike Hockey Club, in a letter dated August 24, 1904, from team president Weldy Young, a former Ottawa player, issued a challenge to the Ottawa Hockey Club. The Dawson City team had won no championships and was not a member of any recognized senior league, yet Stanley Cup trustees P.D. Ross and JohnSweetland approved the challenge. Author Paul Kitchen has speculated that the series was approved because Young knew both Ross and federal government minister Clifford Sifton.[2]

In January 1905, the Dawson City Nuggets travelled 4,000 miles (6,400 km) from the Yukon to Ottawa for a best-of-three Cup challenge series. The Nuggets actually left Dawson City on December 19, 1904, and travelled on a month-long journey by dog sled (Dawson to Whitehorse), ship (Skagway to Vancouver), and train (Whitehorse to Skagway, and Vancouver to Ottawa). The team was no match for the Silver Seven. Ottawa defeated them in the first game, 9–2. Numerous Stanley Cup records were then set in game two, including Frank McGee's 14 goals, which included eight consecutive goals scored in less than nine minutes,[3] and a 23–2 rout, the largest margin of victory for any challenge game or Stanley Cup Final game to date.

Several players playing for Dawson were from the Ottawa area. Jim Johnstone was from Ottawa. Norman Watt was from Aylmer, Quebec. Randy McLennan had played in a Stanley Cup challenge for Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario. Another player has Stanley Cup challenge experience: Lorne Hanna, "formerly of the Yukon", had played for Brandon Wheat City in their 1904 challenge of Ottawa.[4]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
January 13, 1905 Ottawa HC 9–2 Dawson City Nuggets Dey's Arena
January 16, 1905 Ottawa HC 23–2 Dawson City Nuggets
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0

Game One

Dawson at Ottawa, January 13, 1905
Ottawa 9 P Dawson 2
Dave Finnie G Albert Forrest
Arthur "Bones" Allen P Jim Johnstone
Arthur Moore CP Lorne HannaA
Harry Westwick 2 RO Randy McLennan 1
Frank McGee 1 C Hector Smith
Alf Smith 4 RW George Kennedy 1
Fred White 2 LW Norman Watt
Referee – Harlow Stiles, CornwallB

A. ^ Coleman lists spelling as Lorne Hanna, other spellings include Hannay (Reddick's spelling) and Hanney (in The Globe article)
B. ^ Coleman lists E. Butterworth as referee. However, Boyle is recorded as complaining about Stiles missing off-side calls.

Source: Coleman[5]

According to The Globe:

The score was 9 to 2 but Ottawa might have increased its proportions had they set to work to run up a score on the men who had travelled 4,000 miles from the far north in quest of the trophy. During the first twenty minutes of play, the challenging team made a remarkably fine showing against the champions, but after that they gradually faded away and were never seriously in the running, indicating that the chief fault with the team is that they are not in condition to stand the test of a hard battle after their long trip of 23 days from the north. While defeated to-night, it is undoubtedly the fact that the team will be a different proportion in the second game on Monday.[6]


  • The Globe, January 14, 1905[6]
  • Fischler[7]

Game Two

Dawson at Ottawa, January 16, 1905
Ottawa 23 P Dawson 2
Dave Finnie G Albert Forrest
Harvey Pulford P Jim Johnstone
Arthur Moore CP Lorne Hanna
Harry Westwick 5 RO Dave Fairburn
Frank McGee 14 C Hector Smith 2
Alf Smith 3 RW George Kennedy
Fred White 1 LW Norman Watt
Referee – E. Butterworth, Ottawa

Source: Coleman, pg. 112

After the second game, The Globe reported:

The visiting team was outclassed to-night quite as decisively as the score indicates. In fact had it not been for the fact of Forrest's presence in the Dawson goal the score against them might have been a great deal larger. Ottawa simply skated away from them at the whistle and continued to pile up the goals with a merciless monotonous regularity which was farcical in the extreme.[8]


  • The Globe, January 17, 1905[8]
  • Fischler[7]

After the series, Ottawa held a banquet for Dawson City at the Ottawa Amateur Athletic Association (OAAA) clubhouse. There is a Stanley Cup legend that after the banquet, the Stanley Cup was drop kicked into the frozen Rideau Canal nearby and retrieved the next day. However, Bill Westwick, Ottawa Journal sports editor and the son of Silver Seven player Rat Westwick, and NHL commissioner Frank Calder both deny it ever happened.[9]

Ottawa vs. Rat Portage ThistlesEdit

In March 1905, the Rat Portage Thistles issued another challenge to the Ottawas. McGee did not play in the first game and the Thistles crushed Ottawa, 9–3. However, he returned to lead Ottawa to 4–2 and 5–4 victories in games two and three, respectively. McGee returned in game two, with his good forearm wrapped in a cast, and only a light bandage on his broken wrist, to decoy the Thistles. Alf Smith scored three goals in game two on slow ice, which the Thistles claimed was salted to slow down the Thistles. There was hard ice in game three, and the lead exchanged hands several times. The Thistles led 2–1 at halftime and 3–2 midway through the second half. Ottawa took a 4–3 lead, before Tommy Phillips scored his third of the game to tie the score. However, McGee came through with the winning score late in the game to win it for Ottawa.[10]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 7, 1905 Rat Portage Thistles 9–3 Ottawa Dey's Arena
March 9, 1905 Ottawa 4–2 Rat Portage Thistles
March 11, 1905 Ottawa 5–4 Rat Portage Thistles
Ottawa wins best-of-three series two games to one.
March 7, 1905
Rat Portage Thistles 9 Ottawa HC 3
Player G Pos Player G
Eddie Geroux G Dave Finnie
Matt Brown P Harvey Pulford, Capt.
Theo Bellefuille 1 CP Arthur Moore
Si Griffis 2 R Harry Westwick 1
Billy McGimsie C Horace Gaul
Tom Hopper 1 RW Alf Smith
Tommy Phillips, Capt. 5 LW Hamby Shore 2
Referee - Hartland McDougall
  • Spare - Rat Portage - Roxy Beaudro -LW/D
  • Spare - Ottawa - Arthur "Bones" Allen -D, Billy Bawlf -F Bill Gilmore -LW, Fred White -F
March 9, 1905
Rat Portage Thistles 2 Ottawa HC 4
Player G Pos Player G
Eddie Geroux G Dave Finnie
Matt Brown P Harvey Pulford, Capt.
Theo Bellefuille CP Arthur Moore
Si Griffis 1 R Harry Westwick
Billy McGimsie C Frank McGee
Tom Hopper 1 RW Alf Smith 3
Tommy Phillips, Capt. LW Billy Gilmour 1
Referee - Mike Grant
  • Spare - Rat Portage - Roxy Beaudro - LW/D
  • Spare - Ottawa - Arthur "Bones" Allen -D, Billy Bawlf -F, Hamby Shore -RW, Fred White -F
March 11, 1905
Rat Portage Thistles 4 Ottawa HC 5
Player G Pos Player G
Eddie Geroux G Dave Finnie
Matt Brown P Harvey Pulford, Capt.
Theodore Bellefuille CP Arthur Moore
Si Griffis R Harry Westwick 1
Billy McGimsie C Frank McGee 3
Tom Hopper 1 RW Alf Smith 1
Tommy Phillips, Capt. 3 LW Billy Gilmour
Referee - Mike Grant
  • Spare - Rat Portage - Roxy Beaudro - LW/D
  • Spare - Ottawa - Arthur "Bones" Allen - D, Billy Bawft - F, Hamby Shore - RW, Fred White - F

Stanley Cup engravingEdit

The following Ottawa Hockey Club players and staff were members of the Stanley Cup winning team. 1905 Ottawa Hockey Club Silver Sevents

The Ottawa Hockey Club in 1905



Coaching and administrative staff

  • G.P. Murphy (President)&, Robert T. "Bob" Shillington (Manager)
  • Patrick Baskerville (Treasurer), Thomas D'Arcy McGee (Secretary)
  • Halder Kirby (Club Doctor), David Barred (Team Dentist)
  • Llewellyn Bates, John Proctor "J.P." Dickson, Martin Rosenthal, Charles Sparks (Directors)
  • Pete Green (Trainer), Mac MacGilton (Ass't Trainer)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Patrick "Paddy" Moran name was dotted P. MORAN under the Ottawa vs Dawson engraving on the bowl of the Stanley Cup. The engraving was most likely added during one of the Quebec Bulldogs' Stanley Cup wins in 1912 or 1913.[11]
  • Tommy Smith name was scratched T SMITH next to 1905 Ottawa vs Kenora. Tommy Smith won the Stanley Cup in 1906 with Ottawa, 1913 with Quebec. The name was likely added in 1913.
  • Weldy Young, a former member of the Ottawa team in the 1890s, and the captain of the Dawson City team, engraved his name on the Cup with a penknife. He had missed playing for Dawson as he was working in the federal election, although he did arrive in Ottawa during the series.[12]
  • &- Unknown first Name

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rough Work in New York". The Ottawa Journal. December 23, 1904. p. 2 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Kitchen 2008, pp. 141–142.
  3. ^ "History of McGee's Inn: Frank McGee, the hockey legend". mcgeesinn.com. McGee's Inn Bed & Breakfast – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  4. ^ Reddick, Don. "Dawson City, Yukon · Friday, March 7, 1997:The Genesis of Dawson City's challenge". Klondike Sun. Archived from the original on July 24, 1997. Retrieved October 31, 2008 – via yukonweb.com.
  5. ^ Coleman 1966, p. 112.
  6. ^ a b "none". The Globe. January 14, 1905. p. 21.
  7. ^ a b Fischler 1990, p. 261.
  8. ^ a b "none". The Globe. January 17, 1905. p. 12.
  9. ^ Zweig, Eric (June 3, 2017). "How the Stanley Cup Wound Up in a Canal, or Didn't". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Zweig 2012, p. 301.
  11. ^ Podnieks 2004, p. 35.
  12. ^ Shea & Wilson 2006, p. 430.


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  • Fischler, Stan (1990). Golden ice : the greatest teams in hockey history. Toronto: McGrawHill Ryerson. ISBN 0-07-549963-0.
  • Kitchen, Paul (2008). Win, Tie or Wrangle: The Inside Story of the Old Ottawa Senators - 1883–1935. Manotick, Ontario: Penumbra Press. ISBN 978-1-897323-46-5.
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Fenn Publishing Company, Ltd.
  • Shea, Kevin; Wilson, John Jason (2006). Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup. Fenn Publishing Company, Ltd. ISBN 1-55168-281-8.
  • Zweig, Eric (2012). Stanley Cup: 120 years of hockey supremacy. Firefly Books. ISBN 978-1-77085-104-7.
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