1917–18 PCHA season

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The 1917–18 PCHA season was the seventh season of the professional men's ice hockey Pacific Coast Hockey Association league. Season play ran from December 28, 1917, until March 8, 1918. The season was reduced to 18 games per team. The Seattle Metropolitans club would be regular-season PCHA champions, but lost the play-off to the Vancouver Millionaires. The Millionaires then played in the Stanley Cup finals series against Toronto, the NHL champions. Toronto won the best-of-five series 3-2 to win the Cup.

League business[edit]

The Spokane franchise folded and the league operated with three teams again. The players were distributed to the other teams.[1]

The league decided to split the schedule with each half's winners playing for the championship. This was revised so that the first and second teams played off for the championship.[1] Previously, playoffs were only held when teams tied for first place. Devised by Frank Patrick as a "second-chance" to increase interest in the league, the idea eventually spread to all North American professional sports.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

Pacific Coast Hockey Association Team GP W L T GF GA
Seattle Metropolitans 18 11 7 0 67 65
Vancouver Millionaires 18 9 9 0 70 60
Portland Rosebuds 18 7 11 0 63 75

Source: Coleman(1966)[2]

Playoffs[edit]

The Vancouver Millionaires defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Seattle Metropolitans, taking a two-game total-goals series 3-2 on a 1-0 win over Seattle in the second game.

Seattle Metropolitans vs. Vancouver Millionaires

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 11 Seattle 2 Vancouver 2
March 14 Vancouver 1 Seattle 0

Vancouver Millionaires win two-games total-goals series 3-2.

Stanley Cup Final[edit]

Vancouver travelled to Toronto for the Stanley Cup final. The playing rules alternated between the NHL's six-man and the PCHA's seven-man rules. All games were won by the team whose rules were being played. Vancouver won the PCHA games 6–4 and 8–1 but lost the NHL rule games 5–3, 6–3, and 2–1.

Game-by-Game Winning Team Score Losing Team Rules Used Location
1 March 20 Toronto 5–3 Vancouver NHL Arena Gardens
2 March 23 Vancouver 6–4 Toronto PCHA
3 March 26 Toronto 6–3 Vancouver NHL
4 March 28 Vancouver 8–1 Toronto PCHA
5 March 30 Toronto 2–1 Vancouver NHL
Torontos wins best-of-five series 3 games to 2

Schedule and results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Dec. 28 Vancouver 2 Portland 4
Jan. 1 Portland 0 Seattle 1 (19:57 OT)
4 Seattle 2 Vancouver 3 (5:35 OT)
8 Seattle 4 Portland 8
11 Vancouver 2 Seattle 5
14 Portland 1 Vancouver 4
16 Vancouver 1 Portland 0 (12:38 OT)
18 Portland 5 Seattle 2
22 Seattle 5 Vancouver 4
25 Seattle 3 Portland 2
28 Portland 3 Vancouver 4
30 Vancouver 3 Seattle 4 (23:10 OT)
Feb. 4 Seattle 5 Vancouver 6 (10:45 OT)
6 Portland 3 Seattle 9
8 Vancouver 4 Portland 8
11 Portland 3 Vancouver 6
13 Vancouver 1 Seattle 3
15 Seattle 2 Portland 4
18 Seattle 1 Vancouver 8
21 Portland 2 Seattle 6
22 Vancouver 1 Portland 2 (20:20 OT)
25 Portland 4 Vancouver 9
27 Vancouver 1 Seattle 2 (22:20 OT)
March 1 Seattle 3 Portland 1
4 Portland 4 Vancouver 8
6 Vancouver 3 Seattle 4 (2:58 OT)
8 Seattle 6 Portland 9

Source: Coleman 1966.[3]

Player statistics[edit]

Goaltending averages[edit]

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Hugh Lehman Vancouver 18 60 1 3.3
Norman Fowler Seattle 18 65 1 3.6
Tom Murray Portland 18 75 4.2

Source: Coleman(1966)[4]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Cyclone Taylor Vancouver Millionaires 18 32 11 43 0
Bernie Morris Seattle Metropolitans 18 20 12 32 9
Gordon Roberts Seattle Metropolitans 18 20 3 23 24
Eddie Oatman Portland Rosebuds 18 11 10 21 16
Tommy Dunderdale Portland Rosebuds 18 14 6 20 57
Mickey MacKay Vancouver Millionaires 18 10 8 18 31
Alf Barbour Portland Rosebuds 17 12 5 17 0
Barney Stanley Vancouver Millionaires 18 11 6 17 9
Charles Tobin Portland Rosebuds 18 13 3 16 0
Frank Foyston Seattle Metropolitans 13 9 5 14 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Coleman 1966, p. 337.
  2. ^ Coleman 1966, pp. 339–340.
  3. ^ Coleman 1966, p. 339.
  4. ^ Coleman 1966, p. 340.
  • Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893-1936 inc.
Preceded by
1916–17 PCHA season
PCHA seasons
1917-18
Succeeded by
1919 PCHA season