1918–19 Toronto Arenas season

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1918–19 Toronto Arenas
League 3rd (1st half), 3rd (2nd half) NHL
1918–19 record 5–13–0 (overall)
Goals for 65
Goals against 92
Team information
General Manager Charles Querrie
Coach Dick Carroll
Arena Arena Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Alf Skinner (12)
Assists Ken Randall (6)
Points Alf Skinner (15)
Penalties in minutes Rusty Crawford (51)
Wins Bert Lindsay (5)
Goals against average Hap Holmes (4.50)

The 1918–19 Toronto Arenas season was the second season of the Toronto franchise of the National Hockey League. After being operated on a temporary basis in the previous year, the team became a formal entity, known as the 'Toronto Arena Hockey Club.' The club played 18 games and suspended operations.

Regular season[edit]

The NHL had been formed mainly because the other four clubs in the National Hockey Association were unable to expel Toronto Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone, even though they had long since lost patience with him. To get around this, they suspended the NHA's operations and created the NHL, but didn't invite Livingstone to join them. Motivated by a desire to have a team in Toronto, as well as balance the schedule with the Quebec Bulldogs sitting out the season, the NHL granted a temporary franchise to the Toronto Arena Company, who then leased most of Livingstone's players pending resolution of the dispute.

However, the "Torontos" won the Stanley Cup, throwing a monkey wrench into the other owners' plans to get rid of Livingstone. Estimating that his team was worth $20,000, Livingstone was unwilling to accept the Arena Company's offer of $7,000. When the Arena Company refused to bend, Livingstone sued the Arena Company and Charlie Querrie for the $20,000. A league meeting of the old NHA proved futile as heated arguments broke out between Livingstone and the other owners. The old NHA was extinguished. However, Montreal Canadiens owner George Kennedy gave some ground, saying that if Livingstone dropped his lawsuits, he might be allowed in the league.

In the meantime, the Arena Company returned its temporary franchise to the NHL. It then formed a separate club, the Toronto Arena Hockey Club, nominally owned by Arena Company treasurer Hubert Vearncombe. The new club applied for full membership in the NHL, which was duly granted. This separated the hockey club from the Livingstone lawsuits, though the franchise still used Livingstone's players without permission.

It was announced on February 18, that Ken Randall and Harry Meeking had signed with Glace Bay of the Maritime League with the Arenas' permission. The game that night was attended by only 1,000 fans watching a 4–3 overtime loss to Ottawa. After a follow-up game in Ottawa on February 20, lost 9–3, manager Querrie announced that the club sought to withdraw from the NHL season[1] and this was agreed to by Ottawa and Montreal.[2] The NHL season ended at 18 games, with Montreal and Ottawa to play off for the championship.

Final standings[edit]

First Half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 10 7 3 0 14 57 50
Ottawa Senators 10 5 5 0 10 39 39
Toronto Arenas 10 3 7 0 6 42 49
Second Half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Ottawa Senators 8 7 1 0 14 32 14
Montreal Canadiens 8 3 5 0 6 31 28
Toronto Arenas 8 2 6 0 4 22 43

[3] Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1918-19 NHL Records
Team MON OTT TOR
Montreal 4–5 6–3
Ottawa 5–4 7–2
Toronto 3–6 2–7

Schedule and results[edit]

First half[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 December 23 Montreal Canadiens 4–3 Toronto Arenas 0–1–0 0
2 December 26 Toronto Arenas 2–5 Ottawa Senators 0–2–0 0
3 December 28 Toronto Arenas 3–6 Montreal Canadiens 0–3–0 0
4 December 31 Ottawa Senators 2–4 Toronto Arenas 1–3–0 2
5 January 7 Montreal Canadiens 7–6 Toronto Arenas 1–4–0 2
6 January 9 Toronto Arenas 2–4 Ottawa Senators 1–5–0 2
7 January 11 Toronto Arenas 4–13 Montreal Canadiens 1–6–0 2
8 January 14 Ottawa Senators 2–5 Toronto Arenas 2–6–0 4
9 January 21 Montreal Canadiens 3–11 Toronto Arenas 3–6–0 6
10 January 23 Toronto Arenas 2–3 Ottawa Senators 3–7–0 6

Second half[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 January 28 Ottawa Senators 2–1 Toronto Arenas 0–1–0 0
2 February 1 Toronto Arenas 0–10 Montreal Canadiens 0–2–0 0
3 February 4 Montreal Canadiens 3–6 Toronto Arenas 1–2–0 2
4 February 6 Toronto Arenas 1–3 Ottawa Senators 1–3–0 2
5 February 11 Montreal Canadiens 4–6 Toronto Arenas 2–3–0 4
6 February 15 Toronto Arenas 2–8 Montreal Canadiens 2–4–0 4
7 February 18 Ottawa Senators 4–3 Toronto Arenas 2–5–0 4
8 February 20 Toronto Arenas 3–9 Ottawa Senators 2–6–0 4

Playoffs[edit]

The Arenas did not qualify for the playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Scorers[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Alf Skinner 17 12 4 16 26
Reg Noble 17 10 5 15 35
Ken Randall 14 8 6 14 27
Corb Denneny 16 8 3 11 15
Rusty Crawford 18 7 4 11 51
Harry Meeking 14 7 3 10 32
Harry Cameron 7 6 2 8 9
Jack Adams 17 3 3 6 35
Harry Mummery 13 2 0 2 30
Hap Holmes 2 0 0 0 0
Paul Jacobs 1 0 0 0 0
Bert Lindsay 16 0 0 0 0
Dave Ritchie 4 0 0 0 9

[4]

Note:
Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arenas Wish to Withdraw". The Globe. February 21, 1919. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "Ottawa Consents to Withdrawal". The Globe. February 21, 1919. p. 11. 
  3. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 145. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  4. ^ "1918-19 Toronto Arenas Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 

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