The 1910 NHA season was the first season of the National Hockey Association. The season started on January 5, but was suspended immediately and the league then absorbed the Ottawa and Shamrocks teams of the Canadian Hockey Association and the season continued from January 15 to March 15. Seven teams played 12 games each. The Ottawa Hockey Club played two Cup challenges during the season, but lost the Cup to their rivals the Montreal Wanderers who won the league championship and played a Cup challenge afterwards.

League businessEdit

The league was founded on December 2, 1909 at a meeting at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. At this meeting four franchises were approved:

  • Wanderers (represented by P. J. Doran, R. R. Boon, Jimmy Gardner)
  • Renfrew (represented by J. Ambrose O'Brien, George E. Martel, Jim Barnett)
  • Cobalt (Thomas C. Hare)
  • Haileybury (Noah Timmins)

The Wanderers and Renfrew signed a pact not to merge with the CHA unless Cobalt and Haileybury were also admitted.

Two days later on December 4, the NHA held an organizing meeting at the Windsor. The CHA was meeting at the hotel also, and a message was sent to the Ottawa, Shamrocks and Nationals teams to seek a merged seven-team league. This was turned down as the teams would not accept Cobalt and Haileybury.

An executive was elected:

  • President - M. Doheney, Renfrew
  • Vice-President - Thomas C. Hare, Cobalt
  • Sec.-Treasurer - E. John McCafferty
  • Executive - J. Ambrose O'Brien, Slaght, Boon, Jack Laviolette and Thomas C. Hare

At the meeting, a franchise for 'Les Canadiens' was granted, to be organized by Jack Laviolette. Mr. Hare of Cobalt put up a security deposit for the franchise on the understanding that it would be transferred to Montreal French sportsmen as soon as possible.

Regular seasonEdit

The first Canadiens game ever took place on January 5 under a cloud. Didier Pitre had signed a contract with both the Canadiens and the Nationals. Pitre was risking a $2,000 fine and 60 days's jail time. The Nationals had a legal injunction against Pitre playing for the Canadiens. This contributed to an over-capacity crowd at the Jubilee Rink of about 5,000. Pitre did play (he was guaranteed any fines by Canadiens' management) and court action commenced. Pitre was found to not to have a binding contract with the Nationals by the courts. By this time, the CHA had folded, and no contract was enforceable. Pitre would have a long career with the Canadiens, playing into the 1920s.

On January 15, a meeting was held by the league executive and Ottawa and Montreal Shamrocks were admitted to the NHA. The games played before that date were thrown out, and games from that date forwards only counted towards the final standings.

On January 22, at a game between Renfrew and Shamrocks, Shamrock's Joe Hall was ejected for striking the judge-of-play Rod Kennedy. After regulation time, the game was tied. Referee Tom Hodge proposed that Hall return for the overtime, but Renfrew objected and did not play the overtime. Hall was later fined $100 for the incident and suspended until January 30. The game was ordered replayed but wasn't replayed due to ice conditions and the game results were accepted as a tie.

On Cyclone Taylor's first return to Ottawa as a member of the Renfrew team, he made his famous promise to score a goal backwards against Ottawa. This led to incredible interest, with over 7000 in attendance. A bet of $100 was placed at the King Edward Hotel against him scoring at all. The Senators would win 8–5 (3 goals in overtime) and more importantly keep Taylor off the scoresheet. Later in the season at the return match in Renfrew, Taylor supposedly made good on his boast with a goal scored backwards (Taylor himself denied it). This was the final game of the season, and the Senators had no chance at the league title, and don't appear to have put in an effort, losing 17–2.

Final standingsEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Gf = Goals For, GA = Goals against

National Hockey Association GP W L T GF GA
Montreal Wanderers 12 11 1 0 91 41
Ottawa Hockey Club 12 9 3 0 89 66
Renfrew Creamery Kings 12 8 3 1 96 54
Cobalt Silver Kings 12 4 8 0 79 104
Haileybury Hockey Club 12 4 8 0 77 83
Montreal Shamrocks 12 3 8 1 52 95
Les Canadiens 12 2 10 0 59 100


Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 5 Cobalt 6 Canadiens 7 (5'35" over.)†
8 Cobalt 6 Wanderers 10 †
12 Cobalt 11 Renfrew 9 †
15 Renfrew 2 Wanderers 7
15 Shamrocks 3 Ottawa 15
18 Cobalt 7 Haileybury 6 (4'30" over.)
19 Canadiens 4 Renfrew 9
22 Canadiens 4 Ottawa 6
22‡ Renfrew 1 Shamrocks 1
22 Wanderers 2 Haileybury 4
25 Wanderers 11 Cobalt 6
25 Haileybury 2 Shamrocks 3 (30" over.)
26 Ottawa 8 Canadiens 4
28 Shamrocks 2 Renfrew 10
29 Haileybury 4 Ottawa 11
Feb. 1 Haileybury 3 Wanderers 8
2 Canadiens 3 Shamrocks 8
4 Haileybury 3 Renfrew 6
5 Shamrocks 1 Wanderers 10
5 Ottawa 5 Cobalt 4
7 Haileybury 5 Canadiens 9
9 Wanderers 11 Shamrocks 6
9 Ottawa 8 Haileybury 4
12 Shamrocks 6 Haileybury 12
12 Renfrew 5 Ottawa 8 (10' over.)
12 Wanderers 9 Canadiens 4
15 Shamrocks 4 Cobalt 11
15 Renfrew 8 Canadiens 6
19 Ottawa 5 Wanderers 7
19 Renfrew 12 Cobalt 7
22 Renfrew 11 Haileybury 5
23 Ottawa 9 Shamrocks 6
24 Canadiens 7 Cobalt 11
25 Wanderers 5 Renfrew 0
26 Cobalt 5 Ottawa 11
26 Canadiens 3 Haileybury 15
Mar. 2 Cobalt 3 Wanderers 7
5 Wanderers 3 Ottawa 1
5 Cobalt 6 Canadiens 4
8 Cobalt 6 Shamrocks 8
8 Ottawa 2 Renfrew 17
9 Canadiens 6 Wanderers 11
11 Shamrocks 4 Canadiens 5 (12' over.)
11 Cobalt 4 Renfrew 15
15 Haileybury 14 Cobalt 9

† Games played before January 15, which were played before the CHA teams joined were not counted against the final standings.

‡ The January 22 game was abandoned due to an on-ice incident. It was ordered replayed on March 2 in Ottawa, but wasn't played due to soft ice in Ottawa.

The Wanderers as champions of the league, took over the Stanley Cup from Ottawa, and were awarded the O'Brien Cup as league champions.

Goalkeeper AveragesEdit

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Nicholson, Billy Haileybury 1 3 3.0
Hern, Riley Wanderers 12 41 1 3.4
Lindsay, Bert Renfrew 12 54 4.5
Winchester, Jack Shamrocks 5 26 5.2
LeSueur, Percy Ottawa 12 66 1 5.5
Moran, Paddy Haileybury 11 80 7.3
Broughton, George Shamrocks 5 43 8.6
Cattarinich, Joe Canadiens 3 23 7.7
Groulx, Teddy Canadiens 9 77 8.6
Jones, Chief Cobalt 12 104 8.7
Baker, Shamrocks 2 26 13.0

Scoring leadersEdit

Name Club GP G
Lalonde, Newsy Canadiens & Renfrew 11 38
Russell, Ernie Wanderers 12 31
Smith, Tom Cobalt 10 24
Walsh, Marty Ottawa 11 23
Patrick, Lester Renfrew 11 22
Clarke, Herb Cobalt 11 22
Gaul, Horace Haileybury 12 22
Hyland, Harry Wanderers 11 20
Vair, Steve Cobalt 12 19
Ridpath, Bruce Ottawa 12 15

Stanley Cup ChallengesEdit

During the season Ottawa as Cup champion played a challenge against Edmonton in addition to their regular schedule. They had played a challenge during the CHA season against Galt.

Ottawa vs. EdmontonEdit

Edmonton was champion of the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association.

January 18
Edmonton 4 at Ottawa 8
Jack Winchester G Percy LeSueur
William Field P Fred Lake
Hugh Ross CP Hamby Shore
Fred Whitcroft 2 F Bruce Stuart 2
Harold Deeton 1 F Marty Walsh 1
Hay Millar 1 F Gordon Roberts 4
Boulton F Bruce Ridpath 1
Referees - Bowie & Campbell
January 20
Edmonton 7 at Ottawa 13
Jack Winchester G Percy LeSueur
William Field P Fred Lake
Hugh Ross CP Hamby Shore 1
Fred Whitcroft 3 F Bruce Stuart 5
Harold Deeton 2 F Marty Walsh 1
Hay Millar F Gordon Roberts 3
Bert Boulton 2 F Bruce Ridpath 3
Referees - Bowie & Campbell

NHA League Champions Take Over CupEdit

Since Ottawa won the challenges, the winner of the regular season of the NHA would take over the Stanley Cup championship. The Wanderers having won the championship of the NHA, took possession of the Cup from Ottawa. They had a challenge from Berlin, Ontario, champions of the Ontario Professional Hockey League and easily defeated them. For 1910, there would be two Stanley Cup holders, Ottawa until March, and Montreal for the rest of the year.

Wanderers vs. BerlinEdit

March 12
Berlin 3 at Wanderers 7
Hugh Lehman G Riley Hern
Earl Seibert 1 P Jack Marshall
Harvey Corbeau 1 CP Ernie Johnson
E. "Toad" Edmunds F Frank Glass
Ezra Dumart F Ernie Russell 4
Ray Anderson F Harry Hyland 3
Oren Frood 1 F Jimmy Gardner
Referees - Bowie & Kirby

NHA Exhibitions at New YorkEdit

After the season, the NHA arranged an 'international championship' at New York's St. Nicholas Rink. Like the previous spring, Ottawa and Wanderers played a two-game series in New York for a purse of $1,500. Wanderers won both games 4–3. Renfrew next travelled to New York and defeated the Wanderers in a single game for $1,000.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team
March 15, 1910Montreal Wanderers 4–3Ottawa HC
March 16, 1910Montreal Wanderers 4–3Ottawa HC
March 19, 1910Renfrew Millionaires 9–4Montreal Wanderers
  • "Wanderers Won at New York", The Globe, March 16, 1910, p. 9. 
  • "Wanderers Won Again", The Globe, March 17, 1910, p. 9. 
  • "Renfrew 9, Wandererer 4", The Globe, March 21, 1910, p. 9. 

Ottawa Hockey Club, January 1910 Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit



  • Thomas D'arcy McGee (President)†, Llewellyn Bates (Vice President)†
  • Pete Green (Coach)†, Patrick Basketville (Treasurer)†
  • Martin Rosenthal (Secretary)†, Mac McGilton (Trainer)†
  • Charles Sparks†, George Bryson†, Dave Mulligan(Directors)†
  • Percy Butler†, Charles Irvin (Directors)†

†known non-playing members of 1910 Ottawa Hockey Club. No team picture of Ottawa in 1910 has been found.

Stanley Cup Engraving

Ottawa HC engraved their name as just "Ottawa 1910" They included both challenge series win as OTTAWA vs GALT/OTTAWA vs EDMONTON.

Montreal Wanderers March 1910 Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit



  • Fred Strachan (President)
  • Dickie Boon (Manager)
  • Robert Stephanson (Vice President)
  • Dr. Walter Dorion (Director)
  • Paul Lefebvre (Trainer)

Stanley Cup Engraving

Montreal Wanderers did not put their name on the Stanley Cup. When the trophy was redesigned in 1948 the words "1910 Montreal Wanderers" was put onto its then-new collar.

Team PhotosEdit

Game AdsEdit

Preceded by
January 1910
Montreal Wanderers
Stanley Cup Champions

March 1910
Succeeded by
Preceded by
1909–10 CHA season
1909 ECAHA season
NHA seasons
Succeeded by
1910–11 NHA season

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