The 1923 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the NHL champion Ottawa Senators and the WCHL champion Edmonton Eskimos. The previous WCHL-PCHA playoff format was abandoned, and the Ottawa Senators now had to play first the PCHA champion Vancouver Maroons, followed by the WCHL champion Edmonton Eskimos in the Final. All games were played in Vancouver.
Paths to the Final
In the NHL playoff, the Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens in a 2 game total-goal series by a close 3–2 score in the series.
The playoff format of the previous year where the PCHA champion met the WCHL champion prior to playing the NHL champion was abandoned. Therefore, for this year, the PCHA champions were given the chance to play the NHL champion in a best-of-three series. The Senators then defeated Vancouver 3 games to 1 in the semi-finals.
The March 31 game is especially notable as it is the game in which King Clancy played all positions, including goal for Clint Benedict. Clancy replaced Benedict in the third period for two minutes when Benedict was serving a penalty. At the time, goalies had to serve their own penalties. This is only time that a player played all six positions in a Stanley Cup Final game.
|Game-by-Game||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|1||March 29||Ottawa Senators||2–1||Edmonton Eskimos||Denman Arena, Vancouver|
|2||March 31||Ottawa Senators||1–0||Edmonton Eskimos|
|Senators win best-of-three series 2 games to 0|
Ottawa Senators 1923 Stanley Cup Champions
- Georges Boucher
- Frank King Clancy
- Eddie Gerard (Captain)
- Lionel Hitchman
- Frank Nighbor
- Harry Punch Broadbent
- Jack Darragh
- Cy Denneny
- Harry Helman
- Clint Benedict
- Ted Dey (President)
- Tommy Gorman (Manager/Secretary)
- Pete Green (Coach)
- Frank Dolan (Trainer)
- Frank Ahearn (Hon. President)&
&-missing from the team picture
engraving-notes=The Senators never did engrave their name on the Cup for their 1923 championship. It was not until the trophy was redesigned in 1948 that the words "1923 Ottawa Senators" was put onto its then-new collar.
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Toronto St. Pats
Stanley Cup Champions