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Uploaded By: PRESIDENT on July 24th, 2012

Ottawa Hockey Club Ottawa Senators
Stanley Cup Champions 1903
CAHL Cup Champions 1903
Dewar Shield Winners 1903

Team Roster
Harvey Pulford (captain), Bouse Hutton, Dave Gilmour, Harry "Rat" Westwick, Billy Gilmour, Frank McGee, Arthur Fraser, Charles "Baldy" Spittal, Percy Sims, Frank Wood, Suddy Gilmour, Arthur Moore.

Coach - Alf Smith
Trainer - Pete Greene
Assistant Trainer - Mac McGilton
Manager - Robert Shillington
President - Percy Buttler
Director - Chauncey Kirby

It was decided that league champions would not play for the Stanley Cup until after the season. If a challenge was ordered by the Cup trustees Montreal would default the Stanley Cup. A challenge was ordered by the Trustees and Montreal eventually agreed to play the Winnipeg Victorias in January during regular season play.

The season would be a two team race between Montreal Victorias and the Ottawa Hockey Club, splitting their matches between each other. The season ended in a tie, which necessitated 2 playoff games based on a total-goals series won by the Ottawa Hockey Club to win their first Stanley Cup.

As the new CAHL and Stanley Cup champions, the Ottawas accepted a challenge from the Rat Portage Thistles of the Manitoba & Northwestern Hockey Association (MNWHA). Entering the best-of-three challenge series, the Thistles were younger and quicker than Ottawa; only one player on the Thistles was over the age of 20. However, poor soft ice conditions at Dey's Arena in Ottawa played a major factor as the Ottawa Hockey Club swept the series with scores of 6–2 and 4–2.

THIS SAME TEAM would defend the Stanley Cup 4 times in 1904. First against the Winnipeg Rowing Club, with the 1st game being played on December 30, 1903, with Ottawa winning over the Rowing Club 9 to 1. Game 2 was played on January 1, 1904, with the Winnipeg Rowing Club defeating Ottawa 6 to 2. The deciding game was played on January 4, 1904, with Ottawa winning 2 to 0. All 3 games were played at the new Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa. The Toronto Marlboros were the next challenger on February 23, 1904, with the Ottawa Hockey Club winning 6 to 3, and on February 25, 1904, with Ottawa again winning 11 to 2. The Montreal Wanderers challenged Ottawa on March 2, 1904 in a game played at Westmount Arena in Montreal. The game ened in a 5 to 5 tie, and then the Wanderers were disqualified for refusing to travel to Ottawa for the remaining 2 games. Finally the Brandon Wheat Cities from the Manitoba & Northwestern Hockey Association challenged Ottawa, with games being played on March 9, 1904, Ottawa wins 6 to 3 and on March 11, 1904, with Ottawa again defeating Brandon 9 to 3. Both games were played at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa.

NOTE: Cyclone Taylor Scratched his name with a pen knife onto the Stanley Cup bowl - Fred W Taylor over the engraving of: Ottawa 1904 Ottawa vs Wanderers.

Sourced from Credited to Pittaway Photo - Ottawa.


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