The 1914–15 NHA season was the 6th season of the National Hockey Association and played from December 26, 1914 until March 3, 1915. Each team played 20 games.
The Ottawa Senators won the NHA championship in a two game, total goal playoff against the Montreal Wanderers. However, they fell to the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in the Stanley Cup championship. It was the first year of an agreement between the NHA and the PCHA to have each league's champion play for the cup.
- no player to come within five feet of players facing off,
- puck played after rebounding from goalkeeper no longer is offside,
- charging a player into the boards is a major foul,
- match foul penalized by 10 minutes off and $15 fine.
Prior to the season Art Ross was suspended for trying to organize a rival league, with higher players's salaries. The organizing attempt was not successful, and by January 7, Mr. Ross was reinstated. He signed with Ottawa.
The Ontarios changed their team name to Shamrocks from the February 3 game forward.
A record long overtime game was played in Quebec on January 13 between Quebec and the Canadiens. Quebec defeated Montreal 3–2 after 50 minutes and 28 seconds of overtime, on a goal by Jack McDonald. Coach Jack Laviolette had to take over for Georges Vezina after Vezina was penalized.
The Ontarios had to forfeit their February 3 game with the Wanderers after the McNamara brothers took a personal leave to attend their fathers' funeral. Owner Eddie Livingstone of the Ontarios asked for a postponement but the Wanderers refused.
Playoff qualifiers in bold.
|9||Toronto||1||Ottawa||2 (18' OT)|
|9||Quebec||2||Ontarios||3 (5' OT)|
|9||Canadiens||4||Wanderers||5 (6'45" OT)|
|13||Canadiens||2||Quebec||3 (50'20" OT)|
|24||Wanderers||4||Quebec||5 (2' OT)|
|Mar.||3||Quebec||3||Ottawa||4 (25" OT)|
† Defaulted to Wanderers.
|Tommy Smith||Quebec & Ontarios||19||39|
Montreal and Ottawa played a two-game total-goals series to determine the league championship and the O'Brien Cup.
|Game-by-Game||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|1||March 10||Ottawa Senators||4–0||Montreal Wanderers||Ottawa|
|2||March 13||Montreal Wanderers||1–0||Ottawa Senators||Montreal|
|Senators win series 4–1|
Stanley Cup Finals
The 1914–15 season was the first year of an agreement by the Cup's trustees, the NHA and the PCHA where the champion of each league would compete for the Stanley Cup. It marked the end of the challenge era, and began a twelve year period where the NHA/NHL champion would have to compete against a Western league for the Cup.
All three games in this series were played in Vancouver, British Columbia, with the Millionaires sweeping the best of five series in three games.
|Game-by-Game||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Rules Used||Location|
|1||March 22||Vancouver Millionaires||6–2||Ottawa Senators||PCHA||Denman Arena, Vancouver|
|2||March 24||Vancouver Millionaires||8–3||Ottawa Senators||NHA|
|3||March 26||Vancouver Millionaires||12–3||Ottawa Senators||PCHA|
|Millionaires win best-of-five series 3 games to 0|
- 1914–15 PCHA season
- National Hockey Association
- List of pre-NHL seasons
- List of Stanley Cup champions
- Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.. NHL.
- "Wanderers Win First on New York Series", The Globe, March 19, 1915, p. 9.