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season card
GP Games played - Number of games the team has played
W Wins - Games the team has won, either in regulation or in overtime
L Losses - Games the team has lost in regulation
GF Goals for - Number of goals the team has scored
GA Goals against - Number of goals scored against the team
Ottawa Senators 20 15 5 119 63
Quebec Bulldogs 20 10 10 97 126
Montreal Canadiens 20 10 10 89 80
Toronto 228th Battalion 10 6 4 70 57
Toronto Blueshirts 10 5 5 50 45
Montreal Wanderers 20 5 15 94 137
Season's leaders see the complete stats
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
4 Newsy Lalonde 18 28 7 35
5 Didier Pitre 20 21 6 27
2 Bert Corbeau 19 9 5 14
8 Louis Berlinquette 20 8 4 12
7 Tommy Smith 14 7 4 11
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
RECORD Record - Goalie record (W-L-T)
SO Shutouts - Number of games where the goaltender has not allowed a goal
GAA Goals against average - Mean goals-per-game scored on the goaltender
1 Georges Vézina 20 10-10-0 0 3.94
Season results


While the 1916-17 NHA season was the league’s final year of operation, it marked a significant beginning for its Montreal franchise. The Stanley Cup Champions took to the ice wearing the now-legendary CH crest on their sweaters for the first time. The design change reflected was the result of GM George Kennedy’s Canadian Hockey Club’s acquisition of the Canadiens.

18 players suited up for the team in 1916-17, the most in the franchise’s eight-year history, with eleven of the players skating in front of Westmount Arena fans for the first time. Defenseman Billy Coutu was the only one who would enjoy an extended stay with the team.

Playing a 20-game split schedule for the first time, the Canadiens captured the first half of the season with a 7-3 record, guaranteeing a berth in the postseason. Georges Vezina, the stingiest netminder in the early going, allowed only 38 pucks to pass him in the initial 10 games.

Cooling off in the second half of the schedule, one that got underway without either Toronto team participating, the Canadiens reversed their first half record, going 3-7 and finishing third in the standings when the season came to an end. Newsy Lalonde, serving a second season as both captain and coach, led the attack with 27 goals and fellow veteran, Didier Pitre, potted 21 over the entire schedule.

Ottawa and Quebec posted identical 8-2 records in the second half of 1916-17. First place and the accompanying playoff spot that went with it, was awarded to the Senators, who had scored more goals and allowed fewer than had the Bulldogs.


Facing the Ottawa Senators in a two-game, total point series for the NHA championship, the Canadiens win the opener in decisive fashion, beating the visitors 5-2 at the Westmount Arena. When the series moves to Ottawa, the home team captures a 4-2 win, but Montreal still takes the series 7-6 and heads west to defend their Stanley Cup title.

The best-of-five series against the Pacific Coast Hockey Association’s Seattle Metropolitans alternated between the eastern six-man game and the western seven-a-side lineups. Playing western rules in the opener, Montreal made full use of their extra player, ending the night on the winning end of an 8-4 game that saw 40-year-old Didier Pitre light the lamp four times.

It would be the only sustained offensive output for Montreal as the host club took control of the series from the second game on, shutting down the Canadiens forwards and showing off their new-found mastery of the six-man game. Goaltender Hap Holmes allowed only a single goal in each game as he backstopped Seattle to 6-1, 4-1 and 9-1 victories.

For the first time since it was first awarded in 1893, the Stanley Cup, emblematic of Canadian hockey supremacy, was in the hands of a foreign team.

The playoffs roadmap
NHA Playoffs - Ottawa Senators
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 7th, 1917 OTT 2 MTL 5  
March 10th, 1917 MTL 2 OTT 4  
Canadiens won total-goals series 7-6
Stanley Cup Finals - Seattle Metropolitans
Date AWAY   HOME  
March 17th, 1917 MTL 8 SEA 4  
March 20th, 1917 MTL 1 SEA 6  
March 23rd, 1917 MTL 1 SEA 4  
March 26th, 1917 MTL 1 SEA 9  
Seattle won best-of-five series 3-1