|1924–25 Montreal Canadiens · NHL|
|Prince of Wales Trophy Winners|
|O'Brien Trophy Winners|
|General Manager||Leo Dandurand|
|Arena|| Montreal Forum|
Mount Royal Arena
|Goals||Aurel Joliat (29)|
|Assists||Bill Boucher (13)|
|Points||Aurel Joliat (40)|
|Penalties in minutes||Bill Boucher (92)|
|Wins||Georges Vezina (17)|
|Goals against average||Georges Vezina (1.81)|
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The 1924–25 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 16th season and eighth as a member of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens once again made it to the Stanley Cup Final but lost to the Victoria Cougars.
The Canadiens joined with the Saskatoon Sheiks of the Western Canada Hockey League for training camp at the artificial ice rink in Grimsby, Ontario. The Canadiens had just traded Newsy Lalonde to the Sheiks for Aurel Joliat.
Workouts started on November 17. On the 19th, Saskatoon beat Montreal 4-2 in their first exhibition game. Two days later, the Canadiens got their revenge 6-1 in a game at Niagara Falls. The third game of the series, played at London, Ontario, ended in a 4-2 Saskatoon victory. The teams then travelled to their respective home cities.
With ice not yet ready at the Canadiens' home rink Mount Royal Arena, the team joined the Montreal Maroons at the almost-completed Montreal Forum for workouts on November 25. Construction was still going on in the spectators' areas, so no fans were allowed to come in. Despite that, hundreds of fans lined up outside.
The next day, spectators were allowed in for a treat. The Maroons and Canadiens played an improptu exhibition match which was the first to be played in the building.
This was the first season for the Montreal Maroons and Boston Bruins - the first American NHL team. The Montreal Forum, was built to house the Maroons. However, it was the Canadiens who played in it first. The season started earlier, on November 29, and because the Mount Royal Arena couldn't produce ice, it was decided to move a game against the Toronto St. Patricks to the Forum. The Canadiens beat the St. Patricks 7–1, as Billy Boucher scored a hat trick before 8000 fans.
The Canadiens improved their scoring, scoring 93 goals in 30 games, giving up 56. Georges Vezina led the league in goals against average of 1.9 per game. All six team's starting goalie had a GAA under 4. Aurel Joliat led the Canadiens on offence, scoring 29 goals.
|Toronto St. Patricks||30||19||11||0||90||84||38|
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
|Regular season results|
|1||W||November 29, 1924||7–1||Toronto St. Patricks (1924–25)||1–0–0|
|2||L||December 3, 1924||1–2||@ Ottawa Senators (1924–25)||1–1–0|
|3||W||December 8, 1924||4–3||@ Boston Bruins (1924–25)||2–1–0|
|4||W||December 10, 1924||5–0||Montreal Maroons (1924–25)||3–1–0|
|5||W||December 13, 1924||6–2||Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||4–1–0|
|6||W||December 17, 1924||5–2||@ Toronto St. Patricks (1924–25)||5–1–0|
|7||W||December 20, 1924||3–2||Ottawa Senators (1924–25)||6–1–0|
|8||W||December 25, 1924||5–0||Boston Bruins (1924–25)||7–1–0|
|9||T||December 27, 1924||1–1 OT||@ Montreal Maroons (1924–25)||7–1–1|
|10||L||January 1, 1925||2–4||@ Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||7–2–1|
|11||W||January 3, 1925||3–1||@ Toronto St. Patricks (1924–25)||8–2–1|
|12||L||January 7, 1925||0–2||Ottawa Senators (1924–25)||8–3–1|
|13||L||January 10, 1925||2–3||Boston Bruins (1924–25)||8–4–1|
|14||T||January 14, 1925||1–1 OT||@ Montreal Maroons (1924–25)||8–4–2|
|15||L||January 17, 1925||2–4||@ Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||8–5–2|
|16||L||January 21, 1925||2–4||Toronto St. Patricks (1924–25)||8–6–2|
|17||W||January 24, 1925||3–2||@ Ottawa Senators (1924–25)||9–6–2|
|18||W||January 27, 1925||4–0||@ Boston Bruins (1924–25)||10–6–2|
|19||W||January 31, 1925||5–0||Montreal Maroons (1924–25)||11–6–2|
|20||L||February 4, 1925||0–3||Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||11–7–2|
|21||L||February 7, 1925||4–5||@ Toronto St. Patricks (1924–25)||11–8–2|
|22||W||February 11, 1925||10–3||Ottawa Senators (1924–25)||12–8–2|
|23||W||February 14, 1925||5–1||Boston Bruins (1924–25)||13–8–2|
|24||W||February 18, 1925||1–0||@ Montreal Maroons (1924–25)||14–8–2|
|25||W||February 21, 1925||2–1||@ Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||15–8–2|
|26||L||February 25, 1925||1–3||Toronto St. Patricks (1924–25)||15–9–2|
|27||L||February 28, 1925||0–1||@ Ottawa Senators (1924–25)||15–10–2|
|28||L||March 3, 1925||2–3||@ Boston Bruins (1924–25)||15–11–2|
|29||W||March 7, 1925||3–1||Montreal Maroons (1924–25)||16–11–2|
|30||W||March 9, 1925||4–1||Hamilton Tigers (1924–25)||17–11–2|
The third seed Montreal Canadiens played against the second seed Toronto St. Patricks in a total goals series. The winner of that series was to go on and play the first seed team, the Hamilton Tigers. But it was not to happen that way. During the total goals series, the Hamilton players demanded $200 each for the extra six games played during the regular season and the league threatened to suspend the players and the team. Last ditch efforts to reach a compromise failed and the Tigers were suspended. It was suggested that the Ottawa Senators be included in the playoffs, but Charlie Querrie and Leo Dandurand cited a fourth place finish didn't qualify Ottawa a playoff berth and it was decided that Montreal and Toronto had played for the league title. NHL president Frank Calder announced that the Canadiens played home games at the Forum, but Leo Dandurand said that they would be played at Mount Royal Arena unless it were necessary to move to the Forum, citing home games were home games, and the Canadiens played better in front of their own fans. Calder backed down from his stand. Montreal won the series against Toronto and was awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy and earned the right to play for the Stanley Cup.
Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto St. Patricks
|March 11||Montreal Canadiens||3||Toronto St. Patricks||2|
|March 13||Montreal Canadiens||2||Toronto St. Patricks||0|
Montreal wins total goals series 5 goals to 2
- Victoria Cougars won their league championship and would face the Montreal Canadiens for the Stanley Cup championship. Victoria easily beat Montreal three games to one out-scoring the Canadiens 16 to 8. This marks the first, and last, time since the inception of the NHL that a non-NHL team won the Stanley Cup. On a foot-note, though, the Seattle Metropolitans could have claimed the Cup during the flu cancelled season of 1919, but chose not to out of good-sportsmanship. The series was played in Patrick Arena in Victoria. Over in the Western Canada Hockey League, the third place
Montreal Canadiens vs. Victoria Cougars
|March 21||Montreal Canadiens||2||Victoria Cougars||5|
|March 23||Montreal Canadiens||1||Victoria Cougars||3|
|March 27||Montreal Canadiens||4||Victoria Cougars||2|
|March 30||Montreal Canadiens||1||Victoria Cougars||6|
Victoria Cougars win best-of-five series 3 games to 1 for the Stanley Cup
Awards and RecordsEdit
- O'Brien Cup - NHL champion
- Prince of Wales Trophy - NHL champion (not awarded in 1925, but inscribed on the Trophy later)
- 2 Sprague Cleghorn
- 3 Billy Coutu
- 4 Aurel Joliat
- 5 Billy Boucher
- 6 Odie Cleghorn
- 7 Howie Morenz
- 8 Sylvio Mantha
- 9 John Matz
- 10 Fern Headley
- 11 Dave Ritchie
- · Rene Lafleur
- · Rene Joliat
- Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Key Porter Books, pg.155.
- Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol.1 1893–1926 inc.. National Hockey League, 465–485.
- ↑ Coleman(1966), pg.468
|1924–25 NHL season by team|
|NHL||Boston • Hamilton • Montreal Canadiens • Montreal Maroons • Ottawa • Toronto|
|See also||Stanley Cup Finals|
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