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1920–21 Hamilton Tigers (NHL) · NHL
Division 4th NHL
1920–21 record 6–18–0
General Manager Percy Thompson
Coach Percy Thompson
Team Leaders
Goals Joe Malone (28)
Assists Joe Malone
Goldie Prodgers
Joe Matte (9)
Points Joe Malone (37)
Penalties in minutes Billy Coutu (95)
Wins Howie Lockhart (6)
Goals against average Howie Lockhart (5.45)
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1919–20 1921–22

The 1920–21 Hamilton Tigers season was the first season of play for the new Hamilton Tigers team in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Tigers finished in last place in both halves of the season and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-seasonEdit

The NHL transferred the Quebec Bulldogs franchise to Hamilton, where it was named the Tigers, after the amateur team.

Regular SeasonEdit

1920-21 Tigers-Joe Malone

Joe Malone sports the Tigers 1920-21 jersey.

The Tigers would change their jerseys four times in the five seasons they spent in the NHL. For their debut season, their jerseys were gold and black vertical stripes with a tiger head logo. Striped socks and white pants rounded out the uniform.

Noting that the Bulldogs finished in last place in 1919–20, the league encouraged the other teams to provide players to Hamilton to improve the team's competitiveness. Toronto provided Babe Dye but recalled Dye after the first game and loaned Mickey Roach. Montreal provided Billy Coutu in exchange for keeping Harry Mummery. Ottawa did not provide any players willingly. Sprague Cleghorn and Harry Broadbent were eventually ordered by the league to report to Hamilton, but neither did. Cleghorn played some games with Toronto before returning to Ottawa.[1]

After four games, Joe Malone, formerly of Quebec, arrived. He scored 28 goals in 20 games for the Tigers to place fourth in the league in goal-scoring.[2] However, the team won only three games in each half of the schedule to finish last.

Final StandingsEdit

First Half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Ottawa Senators 10 8 2 0 16 49 23
Toronto St. Patricks 10 5 5 0 10 39 47
Montreal Canadiens 10 4 6 0 8 37 51
Hamilton Tigers 10 3 7 0 6 34 38
Second Half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Toronto St. Patricks 14 10 4 0 20 66 53
Montreal Canadiens 14 9 5 0 18 75 48
Ottawa Senators 14 6 8 0 12 48 52
Hamilton Tigers 14 3 11 0 6 58 94

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

Game LogEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WDecember 22, 19205–0 Montreal Canadiens (1920–21) 1–0–0
2LDecember 27, 19201–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 1–1–0
3WDecember 29, 19206–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1920–21) 2–1–0
4LJanuary 3, 19214–5 Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 2–2–0
5LJanuary 6, 19211–5 Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 2–3–0
6WJanuary 8, 19213–2 OT @ Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 3–3–0
7LJanuary 12, 19212–4 Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 3–4–0
8LJanuary 15, 19214–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1920–21) 3–5–0
9LJanuary 19, 19213–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 3–6–0
10LJanuary 22, 19215–7 Montreal Canadiens (1920–21) 3–7–0
Second half
11LJanuary 26, 19213–10 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 0–1–0
12LJanuary 29, 19211–2 Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 0–2–0
13WFebruary 2, 19216–5 Montreal Canadiens (1920–21) 1–2–0
14LFebruary 5, 19213–7 Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 1–3–0
15LFebruary 9, 19214–7 @ Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 1–4–0
16LFebruary 12, 19214–6 Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 1–5–0
17LFebruary 16, 19215–10 @ Montreal Canadiens (1920–21) 1–6–0
18LFebruary 19, 19214–5 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 1–7–0
19WFebruary 23, 19217–4 Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 2–7–0
20LFebruary 26, 19216–13 @ Montreal Canadiens (1920–21) 2–8–0
21WFebruary 28, 19216–2 Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 3–8–0
22LMarch 2, 19211–7 Montreal Canadiens (1920–21) 3–9–0
23LMarch 5, 19213–4 OT @ Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 3–10–0
24LMarch 7, 19215–12 @ Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 3–11–0

PlayoffsEdit

The Tigers did not qualify for the post season.

Player StatsEdit

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Malone, JoeJoe Malone C/LW 20 28 9 37 6
Prodgers, GoldieGoldie Prodgers F/D 24 18 9 27 8
Roach, MickeyMickey Roach C 14 9 8 17 0
Joe Matte D 21 6 9 15 29
Coutu, BillyBilly Coutu D 24 8 4 12 95
McCarthy, ThomasThomas McCarthy RW 23 10 1 11 10
Carey, GeorgeGeorge Carey RW 20 6 1 7 8
Carpenter, EdEd Carpenter D 21 2 1 3 17
McDonnell, MoylanMoylan McDonnell D 22 1 2 3 2
Dye, BabeBabe Dye RW 1 2 0 2 0
Reise, LeoLeo Reise D 6 2 0 2 8
Coughlin, JackJack Coughlin RW 2 0 0 0 0
Lockhart, HowardHoward Lockhart G 24 0 0 0 0
Lowrey, EdEd Lowrey C 5 0 0 0 0
McLean, FredFred McLean D 1 0 0 0 0
Pletsch, CharlesCharles Pletsch D 1 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Lockhart, HowardHoward Lockhart 1454 24 6 18 0 132 5.45 1
Team: 1454 24 6 18 0 132 5.45 1

[3]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

Awards and RecordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Date From Tigers To Tigers
November 11, 1920 To Montreal Canadiens
Harry Mummery,
Jack McDonald,
Dave Ritchie
Jack Coughlin,
Goldie Prodgers,
Joe Matte,
Billy Coutu(loan)
December 4, 1920 To Toronto St. Patricks
Babe Dye(loan)
December 24, 1920 To Toronto St. Patricks
Babe Dye
 
December 30, 1920 To Ottawa Senators (original)
Punch Broadbent, Sprague Cleghorn(loan)
January 4, 1921 To Montreal Canadiens
Punch Broadbent,
Sprague Cleghorn
(players did not report)
cash
January 25, 1921 To Toronto St. Patricks
Sprague Cleghorn (did not report)
 

Source: Hockey Transactions Search Results. prosportstransactions.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-19.

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Coleman, pp. 378-379
  2. Coleman, p.381
  3. 1920-21 Hamilton Tigers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-07-16.
  • Coleman, Charles (1966). Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol I., 1893–1926 inc.. Kendall/Hunt. 
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