The 1915–16 NHA season was the 7th season of the National Hockey Association. Five teams would play a 24 game schedule. Montreal Canadiens would win the league championship and defeat the Portland Rosebuds to win their first ever Stanley Cup.

League Business[edit | edit source]

Toronto Blueshirts included the players from the Toronto Shamrocks/Ontarios/Tecumsehs franchise. Before the season, Ed Livingstone, the Shamrocks owner, purchased the Blueshirts franchise from Frank Robinson. At the annual meeting of November 9, 1915, he was ordered to sell the Shamrocks franchise but could not do so as the Pacific Coast Hockey Association 'raided' the franchise and signed its players.

Directors:

President Quinn instituted a rule that officials would be locked in their dressing rooms between periods to disallow influence from the press or players.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Several players from the PCHA signed with NHA clubs:

Highlights[edit | edit source]

On January 23, 1916, Skene Ronan was arrested by Toronto police and charged with assault for hitting Alf Skinner.

On February 23, 1916, Gordon Roberts of the Wanderers drew a match penalty for cutting Ottawa's Frank Nighbor in a game in Montreal. On the next visit of the Wanderers to Ottawa, Roberts was pelted with bottles from the Ottawa fans.

The race for the scoring championship was close between Newsy Lalonde of the Canadiens, Joe Malone of Quebec and Cy Denneny of Toronto. Lalonde would finish with 31 goals in 25 games and Malone and Denneny would tie for second with 26 goals. Clint Benedict of Ottawa would have the best G.A.A. of 3.0 to best Georges Vezina's 3.2 goals per game. Gordon Keats of Toronto would score five goals in a game against Quebec on February 7, 1916. He would finish the season with 22 goals in 24 games.

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against

National Hockey Association GP W L T GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 24 16 7 1 104 76
Ottawa Senators 24 13 11 0 78 72
Quebec Bulldogs 24 10 12 2 91 98
Montreal Wanderers 24 10 14 0 90 116
Toronto Blueshirts 24 9 14 1 97 98

Montreal is the champion and winner of the O'Brien Cup.

Results[edit | edit source]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 18 Canadiens 2 Toronto 1
18 Quebec 5 Wanderers 8
22 Toronto 1 Ottawa 7
22 Wanderers 3 Canadiens 2
25 Ottawa 2 Quebec 3
25 Wanderers 6 Toronto 5
29 Ottawa 0 Wanderers 4
29 Canadiens 2 Quebec 5
Jan. 1 Canadiens 4 Ottawa 2
1 Quebec 4 Toronto 3
5 Toronto 1 Canadiens 6
5 Wanderers 1 Quebec 6
8 Quebec 2 Ottawa 4
8 Canadiens 3 Wanderers 5
12 Ottawa 0 Toronto 1
12 Quebec 3 Canadiens 5
15 Ottawa 5 Canadiens 2
15 Toronto 3 Quebec 4
17 Wanderers 7 Ottawa 3
20 Toronto 4 Wanderers 7
20 Canadiens 2 Quebec 2 (20' OT)
23 Canadiens 1 Toronto 3
23 Quebec 2 Wanderers 1
25 Ottawa 6 Quebec 3
26 Toronto 1 Ottawa 2
26 Wanderers 4 Canadiens 5
29 Ottawa 5 Wanderers 4
29 Toronto 5 Quebec 6 (16'10" OT)
31 Wanderers 2 Toronto 8
Feb. 2 Quebec 0 Ottawa 4
2 Wanderers 9 Canadiens 5
5 Toronto 5 Canadiens 10
5 Wanderers 5 Quebec 8
7 Wanderers 1 Ottawa 3
7 Quebec 5 Toronto 11
9 Ottawa 2 Canadiens 3 (7'20" OT)
9 Toronto 3 Quebec 3 (20' OT)
12 Canadiens 3 Ottawa 1
12 Toronto 1 Wanderers 3
16 Ottawa 1 Toronto 3
16 Quebec 3 Canadiens 4
19 Toronto 2 Ottawa 5
19 Wanderers 3 Canadiens 1
23 Ottawa 4 Wanderers 3
23 Canadiens 3 Quebec 2
26 Ottawa 2 Toronto 9
26 Quebec 3 Canadiens 4 (15" OT)
28 Wanderers 2 Ottawa 6
Mar. 1 Wanderers 2 Quebec 6
1 Toronto 3 Canadiens 7
4 Canadiens 15 Wanderers 5
4 Quebec 5 Toronto 7
8 Quebec 5 Ottawa 8
8 Toronto 3 Wanderers 2
11 Ottawa 1 Canadiens 4
11 Wanderers 2 Toronto 10
13 Ottawa 4 Quebec 0
15 Canadiens 5 Ottawa 1
15 Quebec 6 Wanderers 1
18 Canadiens 6 Toronto 4

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

Player Team GP G
Newsy Lalonde Canadiens 24 31
Joe Malone Quebec 24 26
Cy Denneny Toronto 24 26
Didier Pitre Canadiens 24 23
Gordon Keats Toronto 24 22
Gordon Roberts Toronto 21 21
Frank Nighbor Ottawa 23 19
Corb Denneny Toronto 22 18
Rusty Crawford Quebec 22 18
Jack Darragh Ottawa 21 16

Leading Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Clint Benedict Ottawa 24 72 1 3.0
Georges Vezina Canadiens 24 76 3.2
Paddy Moran Quebec 22 82 3.7
Percy LeSueur Toronto 23 92 1 4.0
Bert Lindsay Wanderers 23 110 1 4.8
Harry Holmes Toronto 1 6 6.0
Billy Hague Wanderers 1 6 6.0
Rochon Quebec 2 16 8.0

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Stanley Cup Finals[edit | edit source]

See 1916 Stanley Cup Finals


Game Ads[edit | edit source]


See also[edit | edit source]


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