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The 1922-23 NHL season was the sixth season of the National Hockey League. Four teams played 24 games each. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens for the NHL championship, and then defeated Vancouver and Edmonton to win the Stanley Cup.

League Business

This was the last season for the O'Brien Trophy before its temporary retirement in favour of the Prince of Wales Trophy which would be introduced the following season. The O'Brien Trophy, though, would come back for the 1927-28 NHL season.

Regular Season

Jake Forbes sports the Tigers 1922-23 jersey.

At the start of the season, Newsy Lalonde found himself moving west as the Montreal Canadiens traded him to the Saskatoon Sheiks of the Western Canada Hockey League for a rising young star named Aurel Joliat. Joliat would help the Habs win the second playoff spot over the St. Patricks.

Joliat scored two goals in his first game with the Canadiens, but Babe Dye had five goals in the Toronto St. Patricks' 7-2 win.

On January 31, 1923, the Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Tigers played the first penalty-free game in NHL history, a 5-4 Montreal victory.

On February 17, 1923, Cy Denneny of Ottawa scored his 143rd goal, surpassing Joe Malone as the all-time goal-scoring leader as the Ottawa Senators shut out the Montreal Canadiens 2-0.

Final Standings

National Hockey League
Ottawa Senators 24 14 9 1 29 77 54
Montreal Canadiens 24 13 9 2 28 73 61
Toronto St. Patricks 24 13 10 1 27 82 88
Hamilton Tigers 24 6 18 0 12 81 100

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 Leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Babe Dye Toronto St. Patricks 22 26 11 37
Cy Denneny Ottawa Senators 24 23 11 34
Billy Boucher Montreal Canadiens 24 24 7 31
Jack Adams Toronto St. Patricks 23 19 9 28
Mickey Roach Hamilton Tigers 24 17 10 27
Odie Cleghorn Montreal Canadiens 24 19 6 25
George Boucher Ottawa Senators 24 14 9 23
Reg Noble Toronto St. Patricks 24 12 11 23
Cully Wilson Hamilton Tigers 23 16 5 21
Aurel Joliat Montreal Canadiens 24 12 9 21

Leading Goaltenders

Note: GP = Games played; MIN = Minutes played; GA = Goals against; SO = Shut outs; AVG = Goals against average

Clint Benedict Ottawa Senators 24 1486 54 4 2.18
Georges Vezina Montreal Canadiens 24 1488 61 2 2.46
John Ross Roach Toronto St. Patricks 24 1469 88 1 3.59
Jake Forbes Hamilton Tigers 24 1470 110 0 4.49

Stanley Cup Playoffs

This was the second year in which the Stanley Cup playoffs involved three leagues. The previous year saw all three second place teams win their respective leagues. This year, it was all the first place teams. The NHL total goals playoffs for the O'Brien Trophy were won by the Ottawa Senators 3 goals to 2, despite the dirty play of several Montreal Canadiens players. The Pacific Coast Hockey Association abandoned its seven-man hockey in favour of the six-man rules used in the NHL and the Western Canada Hockey League. This allowed the PCHA and the WCHL to play interleague games. Despite playing interleague games, the two separate leagues kept their own standings. The newly renamed Vancouver Maroons won the PCHA championship and the Edmonton Eskimos won the WCHL championship.

NHL Championship

All dates are in 1923

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators

Date Team Score Team Score Notes
March 7 Montreal Canadiens 0 Ottawa Senators 2
March 9 Ottawa Senators 1 Montreal Canadiens 2

Ottawa wins total goals series 3 goals to 2


The Stanley Cup Finals this season were played out west, in Vancouver. There, the WCHL champions received the privilege of battling the winner between Ottawa and Vancouver. In the end, Ottawa prevailed over both Western opponents to win their eighth Stanley Cup (third as a member of the NHL). Injuries had thinned the Senators line-up, and after seeing the gritty show put on by the undermanned Senators, Vancouver head coach Frank Patrick called them the greatest team he had ever seen.

Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Maroons

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 16 Ottawa Senators 1 Vancouver Maroons 0
March 19 Ottawa Senators 1 Vancouver Maroons 4
March 23 Ottawa Senators 3 Vancouver Maroons 2
March 26 Ottawa Senators 5 Vancouver Maroons 1

Ottawa wins best-of-five series 3 games to 1

Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Eskimos

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 29 Ottawa Senators 2 Edmonton Eskimos 1 (OT)
March 31 Ottawa Senators 1 Edmonton Eskimos 0

Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0 for the Stanley Cup

NHL Playoff Scoring Leader

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points

Player Team GP G A Pts
Punch Broadbent Ottawa Senators 8 6 1 7

NHL Awards

O'Brien Trophy: Ottawa Senators


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1922-23 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last Games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1922-23 (listed with their last team):


See Also


NHL Seasons

1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27