The 1919-20 NHL season was the third season of the National Hockey League. Four teams each played 24 games. The NHL's Ottawa Senators won the Stanley Cup by defeating the PCHA's Seattle Metropolitans three games to two in a best-of-five series.

League BusinessEdit

A group was found to buy the dormant Toronto franchise a day before the regular season was slated to begin, and they named the club the Toronto St. Patricks. The group paid $5,000 to the NHL for the franchise.

The Quebec Athletic Club, which did not ice teams in the first two seasons of the NHL due to financial concerns, finally iced a team, although they were not successful.

Regular SeasonEdit


The Montreal Canadiens had their home opener January 10 in brand new Mount Royal Arena and Newsy Lalonde used the occasion to celebrate with six goals in a 14-7 drubbing of the Toronto St. Patricks.

Jack Darragh of Ottawa had a chance to play in goal when Toronto defeated Ottawa 5-3 on January 24th. He took over when Clint Benedict was penalized. He did not surrender any goals during the two minutes.

Despite a dismal record of 2-10 in both halves of the season, the Bulldogs' Joe Malone scored seven goals in one game on January 31, 1920, a mark that still stands today. He nearly equalled the record on March 10 when he scored six goals in a 10-4 win over the Ottawa Senators. He led the league in goals with 39. But by surrendering 7.18 goals against per game, a record that stands today, Quebec finished dead last.

With the war now over, players came home and fans were now coming in larger numbers to see games. On February 21, 1920, a record crowd of 8,500 fans came to see Ottawa play Toronto at the Arena Gardens (also known as Mutual Street Arena).

On March 3, the Montreal Canadiens pummeled the Quebec Bulldogs 16-3, setting an all-time record for goals by one team.

Final StandingsEdit

First half
Ottawa Senators 12 9 3 0 18 59 23
Montreal Canadiens 12 8 4 0 16 62 51
Toronto St. Patricks 12 5 7 0 10 52 62
Quebec Bulldogs 12 2 10 0 4 44 81
Second half
Ottawa Senators 12 10 2 0 20 62 41
Toronto St. Patricks 12 7 5 0 14 67 44
Montreal Canadiens 12 5 7 0 10 67 62
Quebec Bulldogs 12 2 10 0 4 47 96

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Scoring LeadersEdit

GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Joe Malone Quebec Bulldogs 24 39 10 49 12
Newsy Lalonde Montreal Canadiens 23 37 9 46 34
Frank Nighbor Ottawa Senators 23 26 15 41 18
Corbett Denneny Toronto St. Patricks 24 24 12 36 20
Jack Darragh Ottawa Senators 23 22 14 36 22
Reg Noble Toronto St. Patricks 24 24 9 33 52
Amos Arbour Montreal Canadiens 22 21 5 26 13
Cully Wilson Toronto St. Patricks 23 20 6 26 86
Didier Pitre Montreal Canadiens 22 14 12 26 6
Punch Broadbent Ottawa Senators 21 19 6 25 40

Leading GoaltendersEdit

GP = Games Played, TOI = Time On Ice (minutes), GA = Goals Against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP TOI GA SO GAA
Clint Benedict Ottawa Senators 24 1443 64 5 2.66
Ivan Mitchell Toronto St. Patricks 16 830 60 0 4.34
Georges Vezina Montreal Canadiens 24 1456 113 0 4.66
Frank Brophy Quebec Bulldogs 21 1249 148 0 7.11

Stanley Cup PlayoffsEdit

All dates in 1920

Since the Ottawa Senators won both halves of the split regular season, there was no need for an NHL playoffs and the Senators were given the O'Brien Trophy and were assured a spot in the Stanley Cup Championship series. Representing the Pacific Coast Hockey Association this year was the Seattle Metropolitans, who battled in a very tight PCHA, where two wins separated its three teams. A problem arose as Seattle's green, red, and white uniforms looked almost alike to Ottawa's black, red, and white uniforms. The Senators agreed to play in white sweaters. The previous year saw the championship played out west. This year, it was played in Ottawa, but with unseasonably warm weather, the final two games were played in Toronto's Arena Gardens.


Seattle Metropolitans vs. Ottawa Senators
Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 22Seattle Metropolitans 2Ottawa Senators 3
March 24Seattle Metropolitans 0Ottawa Senators 3
March 27Ottawa Senators 1Seattle Metropolitans 3
March 30Ottawa Senators 2Seattle Metropolitans 5Played in Toronto
April 1Seattle Metropolitans 1Ottawa Senators 6Played in Toronto

Ottawa wins best-of-five series 3 games to 2 to win the Stanley Cup

NHL Playoff Scoring LeadersEdit

GP = Games Played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Frank Nighbor Ottawa Senators 5 6 1 7
Jack Darragh Ottawa Senators 5 5 2 7


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1919-20 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last GamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1919-20 (listed with their last team):

Game AdsEdit

See AlsoEdit


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