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1925–26 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Prince of Wales Trophy Winners
1925–26 record 11-24-1
Goals for 79
Goals against 108
General Manager Leo Dandurand
Coach Cecil Hart
Captain Billy Coutu
Arena Montreal Forum
Mount Royal Arena
Team Leaders
Goals Howie Morenz (23)
Assists Aurel Joliat (9)
Points Howie Morenz (26)
Aurel Joliat (26)
Penalties in minutes Billy Boucher (118)
Wins Herb Rheaume (10)
Goals against average Herb Rheaume (2.92)
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1924–25 1926–27

The 1925–26 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 17th season and ninth in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens finished 7th in the league and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

The league added teams in Pittsburgh and New York, New York taking the players of the former Hamilton Tigers franchise.

The team had a large turnover of personnel, partly due to Georges Vezina to departure due to tuberculosis. Alphonse Lacroix, Herb Rheaume and Bill Taugher all appeared in the Canadien's net. New players included Bill Holmes, Wildor Larochelle, Albert Leduc, Alfred Lepine, Hector Lepine, Joe Matte and Roland Paulhus. Departures included the Cleghorn brothers, Odie and Sprague. Odie signed with Pittsburgh as playing-coach and Sprague was traded to the Boston Bruins for $5,000 on November 8, 1925. Cecil Hart took over as coach from Leo Dandurand, and Billy Coutu was named team captain.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Since 1911, Georges Vezina had been the Montreal Canadiens goaltender, and had led them to the Cup in 1924. In the first game of this season, he collapsed on the ice as the second period got underway. It was found that he had contracted tuberculosis and could no longer play. He went home to Chicoutimi, Quebec, where he died in March 1926. The team struggled with several goaltenders before Herb Rheaume won the job, but the team finished last.

In the second half of the season, the team had a twelve-game losing streak, from February 13, losing 3-0 to Pittsburgh, until March 16, winning 6–1 over Toronto.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

National Hockey League
Teams GP W L T GF GA PIM Pts
Ottawa Senators 36 24 8 4 77 42 341 52
Montreal Maroons 36 20 11 5 91 73 554 45
Pittsburgh Pirates 36 19 16 1 82 70 264 39
Boston Bruins 36 17 15 4 92 85 279 38
New York Americans 36 12 20 4 68 89 361 28
Toronto St. Patricks 36 12 21 3 92 114 325 27
Montreal Canadiens 36 11 24 1 79 108 458 23

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game Log[edit | edit source]

Regular Season Results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L November 28, 1925 0–1 Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 0–1–0
2 W December 1, 1925 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1925–26) 1–1–0
3 L December 3, 1925 2–3 Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 1–2–0
4 L December 8, 1925 2–6 New York Americans (1925–26) 1–3–0
5 L December 12, 1925 0–4 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 1–4–0
6 W December 15, 1925 3–1 @ New York Americans (1925–26) 2–4–0
7 L December 17, 1925 0–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 2–5–0
8 W December 19, 1925 6–5 OT Boston Bruins (1925–26) 3–5–0
9 L December 26, 1925 0–3 Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 3–6–0
10 W December 30, 1925 7–4 @ Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 4–6–0
11 W January 1, 1926 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 5–6–0
12 W January 5, 1926 5–4 Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 6–6–0
13 L January 9, 1926 1–2 New York Americans (1925–26) 6–7–0
14 W January 12, 1926 4–2 @ Boston Bruins (1925–26) 7–7–0
15 W January 13, 1926 2–1 @ New York Americans (1925–26) 8–7–0
16 L January 16, 1926 0–1 @ Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 8–8–0
17 L January 19, 1926 1–2 Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 8–9–0
18 L January 23, 1926 2–6 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 8–10–0
19 W January 26, 1926 6–3 Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 9–10–0
20 L January 28, 1926 2–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 9–11–0
21 L February 2, 1926 0–2 Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 9–12–0
22 T February 6, 1926 3–3 OT Boston Bruins (1925–26) 9–12–1
23 W February 9, 1926 4–2 Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 10–12–1
24 L February 13, 1926 0–3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 10–13–1
25 L February 16, 1926 0–1 Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 10–14–1
26 L February 18, 1926 2–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1925–26) 10–15–1
27 L February 20, 1926 1–3 Boston Bruins (1925–26) 10–16–1
28 L February 23, 1926 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 10–17–1
29 L February 24, 1926 1–6 @ New York Americans (1925–26) 10–18–1
30 L February 27, 1926 0–1 New York Americans (1925–26) 10–19–1
31 L March 2, 1926 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1925–26) 10–20–1
32 L March 6, 1926 3–4 OT Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 10–21–1
33 L March 9, 1926 3–4 Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26) 10–22–1
34 L March 11, 1926 3–5 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 10–23–1
35 L March 13, 1926 2–4 @ Montreal Maroons (1925–26) 10–24–1
36 W March 16, 1926 6–1 Toronto St. Patricks (1925–26) 11–24–1

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Canadiens did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Scoring Leaders[edit | edit source]

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

Player GP G A Pts
Howie Morenz 31 23 3 26
Aurel Joliat 35 17 9 26
Pit Lepine 32 10 3 13
Billy Boucher 34 8 5 13
Albert Leduc 32 9 1 10

Leading Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

GP = Games played, GA = Goals against, SO = shutouts, GAA = Goals against average

Player GP GA SO GAA
Georges Vezina 1 1 0 1.0
Alphonse Lacroix 5 15 0 3.0
Bill Taugher 1 3 0 3.0
Herb Rheaume 29 89 0 3.1

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Roster[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Video of a Montreal Canadiens practice from early November 1925 which segues into the Habs playing the New York Americans in the first game at Madison Square Garden on December 15, 1925.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. (2008) in McCarthy, Dave: The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2009. Dan Diamond & Associates, Inc., 241. 
  2. "New York Beaten by Canadiens 3–1", The Globe, December 16, 1925, p. 10. 
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