1907 ECAHA season

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1907 ECAHA season
LeagueEastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association
Sportice hockey
DurationJanuary 3, 1907 – March 10, 1907
Number of teams6
ChampionMontreal Wanderers
Top scorerErnie Russell (42 goals)
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The 1907 ECAHA season was the second season of the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA). Teams played a ten-game schedule. The Montreal Wanderers won the league championship going undefeated, with their only loss of the season coming in a Stanley Cup challenge series with Kenora.

League business[edit]


  • Fred McRobie (President)
  • Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Ottawa (1st Vice-President)
  • Gordon Blair, Quebec (2nd Vice-President)
  • Emmett Quinn, Shamrocks (Secretary-Treasurer)

Nationals and Grand Trunk applied for franchises but did not get three-fourths approval.

Rule changes[edit]

  • Teams could have professionals as well as amateurs
  • After a puck strikes a goalie, the rebound could now be played by the defending team without it being called offside
  • A player injured in the first half can sit for ten minutes and the other team has to take off a player.

Regular season[edit]

Frank McGee of Ottawa retired to pursue his government career. The Wanderers added two professionals, Riley Hern from the Portage Lake-Houghton pros and Hod Stuart from the Pittsburgh pros.

Prior to the season, Ottawa travelled to Winnipeg for a series of exhibition games against Manitoba league teams including the Kenora Thistles, who then came east to play a challenge in Montreal.[1] The Montreal Victorias hosted the St. Nicholas Hockey Club from New York in an exhibition on December 22, 1906, defeating them 16–3.[2]


A major battle took place for the game between the Senators and Wanderers on January 12. Stick work was the order of the day as Charles Spittal of Ottawa knocked Cecil Blachford in the head, Alf Smith hit Hod Stuart in the head and Harry Smith broke Ernie Johnson's nose. The Wanderers would still win, 4–2.

After the game, a special league meeting was called to hand out discipline, with Victorias and Wanderers wanting Spittal and Alf Smith suspended for the season. The players were not suspended, leading the league president Mr. McRobie to resign, leaving Darcy McGee to take over as president.

On the next visit of the Ottawa team to Montreal, to play the Victorias, the three Ottawa players were arrested by Montreal police. Eventually Alf Smith and Spittal were fined $20 for their actions and Harry Smith was found not guilty.

The scoring championship was close, with Ernie Russell of the Wanderers placing first with 42 goals in 9 games, and Russell Bowie scoring 38 in 10 games.

Final standings[edit]

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Wanderers
Ottawa Hockey Club
Montreal Victorias
Montreal Hockey Club
Quebec Hockey Club
Montreal Shamrocks

Stanley Cup challenges[edit]

The 1907 season had two Stanley Cup champions, Montreal Wanderers and Kenora Thistles.

Wanderers vs. New Glasgow at Montreal[edit]

The Wanderers played one Stanley Cup challenge before the season, defeating the New Glasgow Cubs in a two-game series 10–3, 7–2, December 27–29, 1906. This was the first series in which professional players played for the Stanley Cup, as the Wanderers and other teams in the ECAHA were starting to mix amateurs with pros in their squads.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
December 27, 1906 Montreal Wanderers 10–3 New Glasgow Cubs Montreal Arena
December 29, 1906 Montreal Wanderers 7–2 New Glasgow Cubs
Montreal wins total goals series 17 goals to 5.
December 27, 1906
New Glasgow Cubs 3 at Montreal Wanderers 10
Frank Morrison G William "Riley" Hern
James Musick P Billy Strachan
Evan MacMillian CP Rod Kennedy
Jack Marks 2 RO Lester Patrick 2
Jack McDonald 1 C Frank "Pud" Glass 4
Jimmy Williams LW Ernie "Moose' Johnson
Bill Lannon RW Ernie Russell 3
Percy MacDonald Spare Cecil Blachford, Capt
James Murphy Spare Hod Stuart
Referees Howard, Russell Bowie
December 29, 1906
New Glasgow Cubs 2 at Montreal Wanderers 7
Frank Morrison G William "Riley" Hern
Jack McDonald 1 P Billy Strachan
Percy McDonald CP Rod Kennedy 1
Bill Lannon RO Lester Patrick 3
Jimmy Williams C Frank "Pud" Glass 1
James Murphy 1 LW Ernie "Moose" Johnson 2
James Musick RW Cecil Blachford, Capt
Evan MacMillan Spare Hod Stuart
Jack Marks Spare Ernie Russell
Referees Howard, Russell Bowie

Wanderers vs. Kenora at Montreal[edit]

The Wanderers played one Stanley Cup challenge during the season, losing to the Kenora Thistles 2–4, 6–8 on January 17–21. Aided by future Hockey Hall of Famers Joe Hall, Tom Hooper, Tommy Phillips, and Art Ross, the Thistles came away with 4–2 and 8–6 victories for a combined score of 12–8 to win a two-game total goals series. Hall and Ross were borrowed from the Brandon Wheat City team.

For Montreal, these were their first games after their donnybrook with Ottawa on January 12. Centre Cecil Blachford, who had been knocked out in the Ottawa game, did not play. Johnson and Stuart, who had required hospitalization, did play. Ernie Russell substituted for Blachford.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
January 17, 1907 Kenora Thistles 4–2 Montreal Wanderers Montreal Arena
January 21, 1907 Kenora Thistles 8–6 Montreal Wanderers
Kenora wins total goals series 12 goals to 8
January 17, 1907
Montreal Wanderers 2 vs Kenora Thistles 4
William "Riley" Hern G Eddie Geroux
Billy Strachan P Art Ross
Hod Stuart CP Si Griffis
Lester Patrick, Capt. 2 RO Tom Hooper
Ernie Russell C Billy McGimsie
Frank "Pud" Glass RW Roxy Beaudro
Ernie "Moose" Johnson LW Tommy Phillips, Capt. 4
Jack Marshall 1 sub
Rod Kennedy spare Joe Hall
Bill Chipcase spare Russell Phillips
Referees Bob Meldrum, Russell Bowie

Source: Ottawa Citizen[3]

January 21, 1907
Montreal Wanderers 6 vs Kenora Thistles 8
William "Riley" Hern G Eddie Geroux
Rod Kennedy P Art Ross
Hod Stuart CP Si Griffis
Lester Patrick, Capt 3 RO Tom Hooper 3
Ernie Russell 2 C Billy McGimsie 1
Frank "Pud" Glass RW Roxy Beaudro 1
Ernie "Moose" Johnson LW Tommy Phillips, Capt. 3
Jack Marshall 1 sub
Billy Strachan spare Joe Hall
Bill Chipcase spare Russell Phillips
Referees Chittick, Shea

Source: Ottawa Citizen[4]

After the series, the Thistles played an exhibition game in Ottawa on January 23. The Thistles lost 8–3 to Ottawa. Harry Smith scored four goals and Harry Westwick scored three for Ottawa.[5] In this game Billy McGimsie suffered a career-ending shoulder injury.[6]

Wanderers vs. Kenora at Winnipeg[edit]

Several rows of men, some wearing hockey uniforms, the others in overcoats and top hats.
Wanderers players and team officials in Winnipeg for challenge

After returning home, Kenora had played the balance of the MPHL season and playoffs. After losing McGimsie, Si Griffis and Tom Hooper also went down to injury. Kenora signed three players to bolster its team: Alf Smith and Rat Westwick of Ottawa, and Fred Whitcroft of Peterborough to finish the season. (All three were future Hall of Fame inductees.) By the time of the MPHL playoff, Stanley Cup trustee William Foran notified Kenora that Smith and Westwick were ineligible for the challenge.

Kenora dressed Smith and Westwick for the challenge anyway and Montreal filed a protest with Foran. Foran ruled that both players were ineligible. The series was supposed to start on March 20 in Kenora but did not. One report was that the ice in the rink was too poor to play on and the rink was closed.[7] The clubs went ahead and started the series on March 23 in Winnipeg instead, with Smith and Westwick playing. Foran was notified by the press (inaccurately) that Montreal had dropped its protest and that the clubs intended to play anyway. Foran threatened to take the Cup back to Ottawa:

If the two clubs ignore the instructions of the cup trustees by mutually agreeing to play against Westwick and Smith when both were positively informed these men were ineligible to participate in the present cup matches, the series will be treated as void, and the cup will be taken charge of by the trustees. It will remain in their possession till the various hockey leagues can educate themselves up to a standard where decent sport will be the order of the day.”[8]

The teams went ahead and played the series. However, Foran changed his mind after the Wanderers won the Cup, stating that the Wanderers could keep the Cup, because they had not rescinded their protest.[9]

After the series, the Wanderers returned to Montreal with the Stanley Cup. The Cup was stolen from Montreal photographer Jimmy Rice's home and held for ransom. No ransom was paid, and the Cup was returned to Rice. It was used as a geranium planter until the fall.[10]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 23, 1907 Montreal Wanderers 7–2 Kenora Thistles Winnipeg Auditorium
March 25, 1907 Kenora Thistles 6–5 Montreal Wanderers
Montreal wins total goals series 12 goals to 8
March 23, 1907
Montreal Wanderers 7 at Kenora Thistles 2
William "Riley" Hern G Eddie Geroux
Lester Patrick, Capt. P Tom Hooper
Hod Stuart CP Si Griffis
Frank "Pud" Glass 2 RO Harry "Rat" Westwick
Ernie Russell 4 C Fred Whitecroft
Cecil Blachford RW Alf Smith 1
Ernie "Moose" Johnson 1 LW Tommy Phillips, Capt. 1
Bill Chipcase spare Roxy Beaudro
Thomas Erskine & Rod Kennedy spare Russell Phillips
Referee- W. MacFarlane
Referee W. Kean
March 25, 1907
Montreal Wanderers 5 at Kenora Thistles 6
William "Riley" Hern G Eddie Geroux
Lester Patrick, Capt. 1 P Roxy Beaudro 1
Hod Stuart CP Si Griffis 1
Frank "Pud" Glass 1 RO Harry "Rat" Westwick
Ernie Russell 1 C Fred Whitecroft 2
Cecil Blachford RW Alf Smith 1
Ernie "Moose' Johnson 2 LW Tommy Phillips, Capt. 1
Thomas Erskine & Rod Kennedy spare Russell Phillips
Bill Chipcase spare Tom Hooper
Referee- W. MacFarlane
Referee W. Kean

Schedule and results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 2 Wanderers 6 Victorias 5 (10' overtime)
5 Montreal 5 Shamrocks 3
5 Quebec 1 Ottawa 6
9 Wanderers 6 Montreal 3
12 Ottawa 2 Wanderers 4
12 Victorias 10 Quebec 1
16 Victorias 16 Shamrocks 3
19 Shamrocks 2 Ottawa 6
19 Quebec 8 Montreal 15
23 Victorias 12 Montreal 6
26 Ottawa 12 Victorias 10
26 Wanderers 11 Quebec 3
30 Shamrocks 5 Montreal 3
Feb. 2 Montreal 2 Ottawa 5
2 Quebec 8 Shamrocks 11
6 Wanderers 5 Victorias 2
9 Ottawa 5 Quebec 4 (2' overtime)
9 Montreal 3 Wanderers 16
13 Shamrocks 7 Victorias 19
16 Victorias 7 Ottawa 16
16 Quebec 5 Wanderers 13
19 Shamrocks 5 Wanderers 18
23 Ottawa 12 Shamrocks 6
23 Montreal 5 Quebec 9
27 Montreal 8 Victorias 13
Mar. 2† Wanderers 10 Ottawa 6
2 Quebec 6 Victorias 7
6 Shamrocks 5 Wanderers 16
9 Ottawa 6 Montreal 8
9 Shamrocks 5 Quebec 17

† Wanderers clinch league championship.

Player statistics[edit]

Goaltending averages[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, GA = goals against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals against average

Name Club GP GA SO GAA
Riley Hern Wanderers 10 39 3.9
Percy LeSueur Ottawa 10 54 5.4
Nathan Frye Victorias 10 70 7.0
Charles Doddridge Quebec 4 30 7.5
White Montreal 10 83 8.3
Paddy Moran Quebec 6 58 9.7
Currie Shamrocks 10 120 12.0

Leading scorers[edit]

Name Club GP G
Russell, Ernie Wanderers 9 42
Bowie, Russell Victorias 10 38
Russell, Blair Victorias 10 25
Smith, Harry Ottawa 9 21
Sargent, Grover Montreal 10 20
Hale, Chandler Victorias 7 18
Smith, Alf Ottawa 9 17
Shore, Hamby Ottawa 10 17
Johnson, Ernie Montreal 10 15
Charles Francis Constantine Quebec 7 15

Kenora Thistles January 1907 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



Coaching and administrative staff:

  • † Not part of team when Kenora won the Stanley Cup in January 1907. Harry Westwick, Fred Whitcroft, and Alf Smith joined the team in March 1907 to play against the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 playoff games. They also played in Stanley Cup loss to the Montreal Wanderers.
  • †† Left the team after winning the Stanley Cup, Art Ross, and Joe Hall were not part of the team, when Kenora defeated Brandon in 2 game playoff for Manitoba League Title/Stanley Cup.
  • &-Missing from the team picture.

Stanley Cup engraving

Kenora engraved their name inside the bowl of the Stanley Cup. 1907 Thistles of Kenora[11] .

Montreal Wanderers March 1907 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Close-up of bowl portion of Stanley Cup featuring Wanderers' names


  • William "Riley" Hern
    • -Cecil Blachford served as Coach when he missed part of season due to a head injury.

Coaching and administrative staff:

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Wanderers engraved 20 members' names inside the bowl of the Stanley Cup. This is first time that winning members were engraved on the Stanley Cup officially.
  • Team picture included 9 players in uniform, 15 men in suites. Not all members are known.
  • †-On the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.
  • After the season, the Stanley Cup was stolen from Montreal photographer Jimmy Rice's home after a team picture. When no one would pay a ransom for it, the Cup was left on Rice's doorstep, and his wife used it as a window-sill geranium planter until the fall.
  • †† Who was MR. Chipcase?. He was William "Bill" Chipcase. W was stamped upside down looking like a Mr. Chipcase. He was first player who name was spelled wrong on the Stanley Cup. Chipcase and Erskine were spares who did not play for Montreal in 1907. William Chipcase's name was included on the Stanley Cup, but not Thomas Erskine. Chipchase did play one game for the Stanley Cup winning Wanderers in 1910.
  • Two names, that of S. Van Sickle and H. L. Linall were ratched onto the Cup that season.[12]


See also[edit]


  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc. NHL.
  • Podnieks, Andrew: Lord Stanley Cup, Fenn Publishing Company, 2004
  • Shea, Kevin; Wilson, John Jason (2006). Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup. Fenn Publishing Company, Ltd. ISBN 1-55168-281-8.
  • Adams, Trevor J.: Long Shots, Nimbus Publishing, 2012
  1. ^ "Kenora Didn't Stay". The Globe. January 1, 1907. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Vics Showed Class". Montreal Gazette. p. 2.
  3. ^ "Kenora Triumphed Over Wanderers". Ottawa Citizen. January 18, 1907. p. 8.
  4. ^ "Kenora Thistles Defeat Wanderers And Stanley Cup Goes West Again". Ottawa Citizen. January 22, 1907. p. 8.
  5. ^ "Ottawas Won From Thistles". Ottawa Journal. January 24, 1907. p. 2.
  6. ^ "Billy McGimsie biography". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "No Stanley Cup Game At Kenora Last Night". Ottawa Citizen. March 21, 1907. p. 5.
  8. ^ "Never Too Late to Mend". The Globe. March 25, 1907. p. 9.
  9. ^ "The News of Sport". The Globe. March 26, 1907. p. 9.
  10. ^ "It was butchery, not sport, in Westmount". Montreal Gazette. Canada.com. January 12, 2007. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2009.
  11. ^ [Podnieks]
  12. ^ Shea and Wilson(2006), pg. 429
Preceded by
Montreal Wanderers
March 1906
Kenora Thistles
Stanley Cup Champions

January 1907
Succeeded by
Montreal Wanderers
March 1907
Preceded by
Kenora Thistles
January 1907
Montreal Wanderers
Stanley Cup Champions

March 1907
Succeeded by
Montreal Wanderers
Preceded by
1906 ECAHA season
ECAHA seasons
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1907–08 ECAHA season