The 1919 PCHA season was the eighth season of the professional men's ice hockey Pacific Coast Hockey Association league. Season play ran from January 1 to March 10. The season was increased to 20 games per team.
The Vancouver Millionaires club were the regular season PCHA champions, but lost the playoff to Seattle Metropolitans. The Mets then played in the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals against the National Hockey League champion Montreal Canadiens. Due to the outbreak of flu at the time, the series was not completed.
The Portland franchise was suspended for the season. Victoria's Patrick Arena was again available for ice hockey use. Victoria was re-activated and took over the contracts of the Rosebud players.
Hap Holmes returned to the PCHA to Seattle from Toronto. Vancouver got Art Duncan back from World War I, and picked up Fred Harris from Portland. Seattle's Cully Wilson was suspended from the league for breaking Mickey MacKay's jaw in a fight, using his stick to cross-check MacKay in the face. While Cyclone Taylor won the goal-scoring title with 23 goals, the second-place Bernie Morris scored five goals against Victoria on February 14. Third-place Smokey Harris scored five goals against Victoria on March 10.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold
|Pacific Coast Hockey Association||GP||W||L||T||GF||GA|
In a reversal of the previous year's playoffs, the second-place Metropolitans defeated the first-place Vancouver Millionaires. Vancouver was missing Mickey MacKay due to injury and coaxed Si Griffis out of retirement for the last two games of the season and the playoffs.
Frank Foyston was the star of the first game, scoring three goals for Seattle. The 6–1 win was enough to hold the series, as they dropped the return game in Vancouver, where Harris scored two in a losing cause.
Seattle Metropolitans vs. Vancouver Millionaires
|March 12||Vancouver Millionaires||1||Seattle Metropolitans||6|
|March 14||Seattle Metropolitans||1||Vancouver Millionaires||4|
Seattle wins two-game total-goals series 7 to 5
Stanley Cup FinalsEdit
The Mets then played against the NHL champions Montreal Canadiens. Due to the outbreak of flu at the time, players from both teams were hospitalized, and the series was not completed.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Seattle Metropolitans
|March 19||Montreal Canadiens||0||Seattle Metropolitans||7|
|March 22||Seattle Metropolitans||2||Montreal Canadiens||4|
|March 24||Montreal Canadiens||2||Seattle Metropolitans||7|
|March 26||Seattle Metropolitans||0||Montreal Canadiens||0||20:00 OT|
|March 30||Montreal Canadiens||4||Seattle Metropolitans||3||15:57 OT|
Series ended 2–2–1 and no winner awarded – playoffs were curtailed due to the influenza epidemic
All games were actually played in Seattle, but Seattle is listed as the home team for games played under PCHA rules, and Montreal is the "home" team for games played under NHL rules.
Schedule and resultsEdit
|13||Seattle||3||Vancouver||2 (2' OT)|
|10||Victoria||2||Vancouver||1 (3'55" OT)|
|12||Vancouver||3||Seattle||2 (23' OT)|
|21||Vancouver||2||Victoria||3 (37'20" OT)|
|7||Vancouver||6||Victoria||5 (11'4" OT)|
|Cyclone Taylor||Vancouver Millionaires||20||23||13||36||12|
|Bernie Morris||Seattle Metropolitans||20||22||7||29||15|
|Smokey Harris||Vancouver Millionaires||20||19||6||25||19|
|Frank Foyston||Seattle Metropolitans||18||15||4||19||0|
|Mickey MacKay||Vancouver Millionaires||17||9||9||18||9|
|Barney Stanley||Vancouver Millionaires||20||10||6||16||19|
|Eddie Oatman||Victoria Aristocrats||18||11||5||16||13|
|Cully Wilson||Seattle Metropolitans||18||11||5||16||37|
|Jack Walker||Seattle Metropolitans||20||9||6||15||9|
|Lloyd Cook||Vancouver Millionaires||20||8||6||14||22|
- Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893-1936 inc. pp. 354–364.