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1907-08 Stanley Cup champion Montreal Wanderers


The 1907–08 Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA) season lasted from December 29, 1907 until March 7, 1908. Teams played a ten game schedule. The Montreal Wanderers would win the league championship with a record of eight wins, two losses.

League Business


  • Dr. George Cameron, Montreal (President)
  • Joe Power, Quebec (1st Vice-President)
  • Patrick J. Baskerville, Ottawa (2nd Vice-President)
  • W. P. Lunny, Shamrocks (Secretary-Treasurer)

The Nationals applied for a franchise but did not get three-fourths approval.

Mr. Baskerville demanded better protection be given visiting teams at Quebec, as stones had been thrown at the Senators on their last visit.

Rule Changes

  • Teams could now openly pay players. Players would have to declare their professional or amateur status. The Victorias would remain strictly amateur.

Hod Stuart Benefit All-Star Game

The first All-Star game in ice hockey was played on January 2, 1908 before 3,500 fans at the Montreal Arena between the Montreal Wanderers and a team of All-Stars players from the teams the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association. It was held in memory of Montreal Wanderers player Hod Stuart, who had drowned three months after the Wanderers won the Stanley Cup in 1907. The sale of tickets, from 25 cents to $1, raised $2,000 for Mr. Stuart's widow and two children.

Wanderers (10) All-Stars (7)
  • Riley Hern, goal,
  • Art Ross, point,
  • Walter Smaill, cover-point,
  • Frank Glass, rover,
  • Ernie Russell, centre,
  • Cecil Blatchford, right wing,
  • Ernie Johnson, left wing
  • Percy LeSueur, goal, (Ottawa)
  • Rod Kennedy, point (Victorias)
  • Frank Patrick, cover-point (Victorias)
  • Joe Power, rover (Quebec)
  • Grover Sargent, centre (Montreal)
  • Eddie Hogan, right wing (Quebec)
  • Jack Marshall, left wing (Shamrocks)

Source: Podnieks, Andrew (2000). The NHL All-Star Game: 50 years of the great tradition. Toronto: HarperCollins, pp. 1–4. ISBN 000200058X. 

Regular Season

Marty Walsh of Ottawa and Russell Bowie of Victorias tied for the scoring championship with 28 goals apiece. This was the fifth time in ten seasons that Mr. Bowie would lead scorers.

There was a large amount of player turnover. For the Wanderers, Hod Stuart of Wanderers had died in the off-season, Lester Patrick had moved west, and new players would include Art Ross from Brandon, Tom Hooper of Kenora and Ernie Russell formerly of Montreal HC.

For Ottawa, Harry Smith and Hamby Shore moved to Winnipeg. This was Cyclone Taylor's first season for Ottawa and Tom Phillips and Marty Walsh joined the team.

Montreal Shamrocks signed up Didier Pitre and Jack Laviolette from the International League.

Quebec Bulldogs had three Power brothers in the lineup: Joe, Charles aka 'Chubby' and 'Rocket'.

Montreal Victorias signed Frank Patrick of McGill and Billy Gilmour of Ottawa.

On January 28, the Wanderers played Renfrew Creamery Kings of the Federal League in Brockville, Ontario for a bet of $400, (Wanderers expenses were provided). Wanderers played without three of their players from winning the Stanley Cup (Blatchford, Glass and Smail) and lost 11–5 to Renfrew.


Ottawa opened their new Arena, hosting the Wanderers on January 11, 1908, overloading capacity with 7,100 attending. Ottawa defeated the Wanderers 12–2. Ottawa and Wanderers were tied for first going into their rematch on February 29th, when the Ottawa manager J. P. Dickson resigned in a dispute over which train to take to Montreal. At the time, two trains were available for the trip, and the two would race, with betting taking place on the winner. In the actual game, the two defense stars Ross and Taylor would lead end-to-end rushes, and the game would be tied until Mr. Taylor was injured, and Bruce Stuart and Walter Smaill would score for the Wanderers to win 4–2.

On January 18, Quebec would defeat Montreal 18–5, with Chubby Power scoring six.

Russell Bowie would score five in a game three times, Marty Walsh would have the biggest game, scoring seven, and six in another. Tom Phillips would score five twice, Herb Jordan would score six and five, and Jack Marshall would score five twice.

Final Standing

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Wanderers
Ottawa Hockey Club
Quebec Hockey Club
Montreal Shamrocks
Montreal Victorias
Montreal Hockey Club


Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 29 Shamrocks 10 Victorias 4
Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 4 Ottawa 1 Quebec 8
4 Victorias 8 Shamrocks 6
8 Wanderers 7 Montreal 3
11 Wanderers 2 Ottawa 12
11 Quebec 6 Victorias 12
15 Victorias 5 Wanderers 7
18 Ottawa 3 Shamrocks 4 (2' overtime)
18 Montreal 5 Quebec 18
22 Shamrocks 1 Wanderers 3
25 Victorias 9 Ottawa 14
25 Quebec 8 Wanderers 13
29 Victorias 13 Montreal 7
Feb. 1 Ottawa 14 Montreal 7
5 Wanderers 5 Victorias 6 (10' overtime)
8 Quebec 5 Ottawa 11
8 Montreal 3 Shamrocks 9
12 Victorias 4 Shamrocks 7
13 Shamrocks 3 Quebec 7
15 Ottawa 10 Victorias 4
15 Wanderers 8 Quebec 6
19 Montreal 5 Wanderers 8
22 Shamrocks 2 Ottawa 5
22 Quebec 8 Montreal 6
26 Montreal 7 Victorias 4
29 Ottawa 2 Wanderers 4
29 Victorias 8 Quebec 9 (3' overtime)
Mar. 4 Wanderers 6 Shamrocks 4
7 Ottawa 14 Montreal 6
7 Quebec 6 Shamrocks 7

Goalkeeper Averages

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Billy Nicholson Shamrocks 10 49 4.9
Percy LeSueur Ottawa 10 51 5.1
Riley Hern Wanderers 10 52 5.2
Nathan Frye Victorias 1 7 7.0
Paddy Moran Quebec 10 74 7.4
Robinson Victorias 9 71 7.9
Tyner Montreal 1 9 9.0
Dave Finnie Montreal 5 48 9.6
Archie Lockerby Montreal 4 48 12.0

Leading scorers

Name Club GP G
Walsh, Marty Ottawa 9 28
Bowie, Russell Victorias 10 28
Phillips, Tom Ottawa 10 26
Power, Charles Quebec 10 23
Jordan, Herb Quebec 8 22
Russell, Ernie Wanderers 9 21
Marshall, Jack Shamrocks 9 19
Eveleigh, Joe Montreal 8 16
Power, Joe Quebec 10 13
Smith, Alf Ottawa 9 13

Stanley Cup Challenges

Wanderers played in three challenges, during the season against Ottawa Victorias and after the season, against Winnipeg and Toronto.

Wanderers vs. Ottawa

During the season, Wanderers would play a challenge against the Ottawa Victorias of the Federal Amateur Hockey League. On January 9–13, the Wanderers would win 9–3, 13–1 (22–4).

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
January 9, 1908 Montreal Wanderers 9–3 Ottawa Victorias Montreal Arena
January 13, 1908 Montreal Wanderers 13–1 Ottawa Victorias
Montreal wins total goals series 22 goals to 4

Wanderers vs. Winnipeg

Wanderers defeated Winnipeg Maple Leafs in a two-game series 11–5, 9–3 (20–8) March 10–12.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 10, 1908 Montreal Wanderers 11–5 Winnipeg Maple Leafs Montreal Arena
March 12, 1908 Montreal Wanderers 9–3 Winnipeg Maple Leafs
Montreal wins total goals series 20 goals to 8

Wanderers vs. Toronto

They would then play Toronto Professionals of the Ontario Professional Hockey League and defeat them 6–4 on March 14 on two late goals by Ernie Johnson and Bruce Stuart.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 14, 1908 Montreal Wanderers 6–4 Toronto Professionals Montreal Arena

Montreal Wanderers 1908 Stanley Cup Champions



  • James Strachan (President), Clarence McKerrow (Hon. President)
  • Dickie Boon (Manager), George Guile (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Tom Hodges (Hon. Secretary/Treasurer), William Jennings (Vice President)
  • Robert Stephanson (Vice President), Bob Ahern (Hon. Vice President)
  • George Hodges, Bert Strachan, Fred Strachan, H. Watson (Directors)
  • Walter Dorion (Club Doctor), Paul Lefebvre (Trainer)

† Jimmy Gardner and Harry Smith were not members of Montreal Wanderers during their January, and March 1908 Stanley Cup defenses. However they played in Dec 1908 when the Wanderers defeated Edmonton.

Stanley Cup Engraving

After engraving 20 member names in the bowl of Stanley Cup in 1907, Wanderers did not even bother including their team name on the Stanley Cup in 1908. It was not until the trophy was redesigned in 1948 that the words "1908 Montreal Wanderers" was put onto its then-new collar.

Regular Season Game Ads

Stanley Cup Game Ads


  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.. NHL. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 48. ISBN 1-55168-261-3.
Preceded by
Montreal Wanderers
March 1907
Montreal Wanderers
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Ottawa HC
Preceded by
1907 ECAHA season
ECAHA seasons
Succeeded by
1909 ECHA season

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