1908–09 WPHL season

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1908–09 WPHL season
League Western Pennsylvania Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Number of teams 4
Regular season
Season champions Pittsburgh Bankers (3rd title)
Final season →

The 1908–09 WPHL season was the ninth and final season of operation for the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League. Four Pittsburgh-area teams competed in the season, in which all games were played at the Duquesne Gardens.

By 1908, the league could no longer rely on salaries as novelty to attract Canadian talent, since professionalism had spread into Canada. Many players were lured to the league since the WPHL played on the Duquesne Gardens' artificial ice and was not dependent on cold weather to provide a naturally frozen surface. However as winter began and Canadian rinks became available, the players would just return to teams closer to their Canadian homes. This jumping affected all of the league's teams. Once the Pittsburgh Lyceum team folded on December 23, it was decided to discontinue the WPHL after the season. The Pittsburgh Bankers ended their final season, by winning the final WPHL championship title and tying the Pittsburgh Athletic Club for the most titles won at three a piece.

Final standings[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts %
Pittsburgh Bankers 15 12 4 3 81 59 24 .800
Duquesne Country & A.C. 15 11 5 1 77 49 22 .733
Pittsburgh Athletic Club 14 5 10 2 59 70 10 .357
Pittsburgh Lyceum* 8 3 12 2 41 80 6 .235

Source: Fitzsimmons, p. 415

* The Lyceum discontinued play on December 23, 1908. Their remaining games were recorded as losses.


  • Fitzsimmons, Ernie (2000), "Early Professional, Early Senior WHA and Modern Minor Professional League Standings", in Diamond, Dan, Total Hockey, Total Sport Publishing, pp. 414–432, ISBN 1-892129-85-X
Preceded by
WPHL seasons
Succeeded by
final season