1920–21 Montreal Canadiens season

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1920–21 Montreal Canadiens
League 3rd (1st half), 2nd (2nd half) NHL
1920–21 record 4–6–0 (1st half), 9–5–0 (2nd half)
Goals for 112
Goals against 99
Team information
General Manager George Kennedy
Coach Newsy Lalonde
Captain Newsy Lalonde
Arena Mount Royal Arena
Team leaders
Goals Newsy Lalonde (33)
Assists Louis Berlinquette (9)
Points Newsy Lalonde (41)
Penalties in minutes Bert Corbeau (86)
Wins Georges Vezina (13)
Goals against average Georges Vezina (4.1)

The 1920–21 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 12th season and fourth as a member of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadiens, for the second season in a row, did not qualify for the playoffs, finishing third in the first half and second in the second half of the season.

The team saw some turnover from the previous season's team. Harry Cameron, Billy Coutu, Jack Coughlin, Howard McNamara and Don Smith were gone. In their place was Billy Bell, Dave Campbell, Jack McDonald, Harry Mummery, Dave Ritchie and Cully Wilson. Coutu was traded to the new Hamilton Tigers for Mummery. Cameron returned to Toronto and picked up Wilson. McDonald and Ritchie were picked up as free agents while Campbell was a new professional from the Laval University ranks and would only play in three games.

Regular season[edit]

Georges Vezina came third in the league in goals against average of 4.1 per game. Newsy Lalonde led the Canadiens in offence, scoring 32 goals and 10 assists to win the league scoring championship.

Final standings[edit]

First Half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Ottawa Senators 10 8 2 0 16 49 23
Toronto St. Patricks 10 5 5 0 10 39 47
Montreal Canadiens 10 4 6 0 8 37 51
Hamilton Tigers 10 3 7 0 6 34 38
Second Half
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Toronto St. Patricks 14 10 4 0 20 66 53
Montreal Canadiens 14 9 5 0 18 75 48
Ottawa Senators 14 6 8 0 12 48 52
Hamilton Tigers 14 3 11 0 6 58 94

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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1920-21 NHL Records
Team HAM MON OTT TOR
Hamilton 3–5 1–7 2–6
Montreal 5–3 5–3 3–5
Ottawa 7–1 3–5 4–4
Toronto 6–2 5–3 4–4

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L December 22, 1920 0–5 @ Hamilton Tigers (1920–21) 0–1–0
2 L December 25, 1920 4–5 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 0–2–0
3 L December 29, 1920 2–6 Hamilton Tigers (1920–21) 0–3–0
4 L January 3, 1921 2–8 @ Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 0–4–0
5 W January 8, 1921 5–4 Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 1–4–0
6 L January 12, 1921 0–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 1–5–0
7 W January 15, 1921 6–4 Hamilton Tigers (1920–21) 2–5–0
8 W January 17, 1921 9–5 Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 3–5–0
9 L January 19, 1921 2–7 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 3–6–0
10 W January 22, 1921 7–5 @ Hamilton Tigers (1920–21) 4–6–0
Second half
11 W January 26, 1921 5–3 Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 1–0–0
12 W January 29, 1921 4–2 Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 2–0–0
13 L February 2, 1921 5–6 @ Hamilton Tigers (1920–21) 2–1–0
14 L February 5, 1921 6–10 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 2–2–0
15 L February 9, 1921 3–5 Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 2–3–0
16 W February 12, 1921 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 3–3–0
17 W February 16, 1921 10–5 Hamilton Tigers (1920–21) 4–3–0
18 W February 19, 1921 8–1 Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 5–3–0
19 W February 23, 1921 3–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 6–3–0
20 W February 26, 1921 13–6 Hamilton Tigers (1920–21) 7–3–0
21 W February 28, 1921 4–0 Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 8–3–0
22 W March 2, 1921 7–1 @ Hamilton Tigers (1920–21) 9–3–0
23 L March 5, 1921 0–1 Ottawa Senators (1920–21) 9–4–0
24 L March 7, 1921 4–6 @ Toronto St. Patricks (1920–21) 9–5–0

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season stats
Scoring
Player # Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Lalonde, NewsyNewsy Lalonde 4 C 24 33 10 43 36
Pitre, DidierDidier Pitre 5 RW/D 23 16 5 21 25
Mummery, HarryHarry Mummery 2 D 24 15 5 20 69
Berlinguette, LouisLouis Berlinguette 6 LW 24 11 9 20 28
Arbour, AmosAmos Arbour 7 LW 23 15 3 18 40
Corbeau, BertBert Corbeau 3 D 24 11 2 13 86
Cleghorn, OdieOdie Cleghorn 8 RW/C 21 6 6 12 8
Wilson, CullyCully Wilson 11 RW 11 6 1 7 29
McDonald, JackJack McDonald 10 LW 6 0 1 1 0
Bell, BillyBilly Bell 9 C/RW 4 0 0 0 2
Campbell, DaveDave Campbell 10 D 2 0 0 0 0
Ritchie, DaveDave Ritchie 9 D 6 0 0 0 2
Vezina, GeorgesGeorges Vezina 1 G 24 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Vezina, GeorgesGeorges Vezina 1441 24 13 11 0 99 4.12 1
Team: 1441 24 13 11 0 99 4.12 1

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
         MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;
         † = spent time with another team before joining Canadiens, stats reflect time with the Canadiens only;
         ‡ = loaned to another team, stats reflect time with the Canadiens only;

Playoffs[edit]

The Canadiens did not qualify for the playoffs

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Source: Mouton, p. 153

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, vol. 1 1893–1926 inc. National Hockey League. 
  • McFarlane, Brian (1996). The Habs. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing. ISBN 0-7737-2981-X. 
  • Mouton, Claude (1987). The Montreal Canadiens. Key Porter Books. 
  • O'Brien, Andy (1971). Les Canadiens: the story of the Montreal Canadiens. Toronto, New York: McGrawHill-Ryerson. ISBN 0-07-092950-5. 
  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "1920-21 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-19.