The 1909 Federal Hockey League (FHL) season was the sixth and final season of the league. The league was openly professional this season, hence the dropping of the word "Amateur" from the league name.

The league had four teams participate this season, Cornwall, returning and three new entries, Ottawa Senators, Renfrew Creamery Kings and Smith's Falls. Smith's Falls had previously played in the league. Renfrew was the class of the league, winning all of its games to claim the championship.

Season[edit | edit source]

The season started on January 8 with a game between Smith's Falls and Cornwall. A game arranged for that night between Renfrew and the Senators was postponed, necessitating a new schedule, and the season started in full gear on January 15, with the Senators visiting Smith's Falls.

Cornwall had difficulty fielding a competitive team, signing junior-age players for several games. The Senators played an exhibition game against Edmonton after their Stanley Cup challenge of the Montreal Wanderers, losing 4–2. The Senators did not draw at the box office, as both the Ottawa HC and Ottawa Cliffsides drew more fans to The Arena in Ottawa, finishing with only 200 fans attending their last game on February 15.

Final Standing[edit | edit source]

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Renfrew Creamery Kings
Ottawa Senators
Smith's Falls
Cornwall HC

Results[edit | edit source]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 8 Smith's Falls 4 Cornwall 5
14 Cornwall 12 Renfrew 24
15 Senators 12 Smith's Falls 3
21 Renfrew 9 Senators 2
21 Cornwall 5 Smith's Falls 12
29 Smith's Falls 3 Renfrew 23
29 Senators 9 Cornwall 5
Feb. 5 Smith's Falls 9 Senators 8
5 Renfrew 7 Cornwall 3
10 Renfrew 18 Smith's Falls 4
12 Cornwall 0 Senators 4
15 Senators 2 Renfrew 12
Ottawa Citizen, January 9–February 16, 1909

Stanley Cup challenge[edit | edit source]

After the season, Renfrew played Cobalt of the Timiskaming Professional Hockey League as a tune-up for a possible Stanley Cup challenge versus Ottawa HC of the Eastern Canada Hockey Association, winning 10–3. Renfrew played two exhibitions with the Montreal Wanderers, in Renfrew, losing 8–11, and in Brockville, losing 5–6.

Renfrew's challenge was stymied by the Stanley Cup trustees because Renfrew had signed players that were signed to other professional clubs. The trustees made those players who had joined teams after January 2 ineligible for Challenge play. Renfrew had signed Bert Lindsay, Didier Pitre and Steve Vair from Edmonton after their exhibition game in Ottawa. The players themselves were 'ringers' for Edmonton, not having played in the previous season for Edmonton, only signing for the Cup challenge.

Preceded by
1907–08 FHL season
FAHL seasons
Succeeded by
last season

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