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.
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.
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.
|Toronto St. Patricks||12||5||7||0||10||52||62|
|Toronto St. Patricks||12||7||5||0||14||67||44|
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.
|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|
|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
|March 22||Seattle Metropolitans||2||Ottawa Senators||3|
|March 24||Seattle Metropolitans||0||Ottawa Senators||3|
|March 27||Ottawa Senators||1||Seattle Metropolitans||3|
|March 30||Ottawa Senators||2||Seattle Metropolitans||5||Played in Toronto|
|April 1||Seattle Metropolitans||1||Ottawa Senators||6||Played 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
|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):
- Babe Dye, Toronto St. Patricks
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):
|1919–20 NHL season by team|
|NHL||Montreal • Ottawa• Quebec • Toronto|
|See also||Stanley Cup Finals|