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Encyclopedia > 1925 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1925 Stanley Cup Finals saw the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) champion Victoria Cougars defeat the National Hockey League (NHL) champion Montreal Canadiens 3 games to 1 in the best-of-five game series. The Cougars were the last non-NHL team to win the Cup as the WCHL (renamed the Western Hockey League for the 1925-26 season) folded after the 1926 Cup Finals, leaving the trophy entirely to the NHL. This is the current WikiProject: Ice Hockey Article Improvement Drive collaboration! The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL), founded in 1921, was a major professional ice hockey league originally based in the prairies of Canada. ... Victoria Cougars logo from 1990-1994 The Victoria Cougars were a Pacific Coast Hockey Association (and after its merger with the Western Canadian Hockey League, the Western Hockey League) hockey team based in Victoria, British Columbia. ... NHL redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1925-26 season was the fifth and last season for the now defunct Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL), which was renamed Western Hockey League (WHL) at the start of the season due to one of its Canadian teams, the Regina Capitals, moving to Portland, Oregon in the United States...


Prior to the season, the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) folded and two of its teams, the Cougars and the Vancouver Maroons joined the WCHL. Victoria finished the 1924-25 WCHL regular season in third place, but eventually upset the Calgary Tigers in the two-game total goals WCHL championship series by a combined score of 3-1. The Pacific Coast Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league in western Canada, operating from 1911 to 1924 when it merged with the Western Canada Hockey League. ... The Vancouver Millionaires were a professional ice hockey team in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from 1911 to 1926. ... The 1924-25 season was the fourth season for the now defunct Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL). ... The Calgary Tigers were a former hockey team in Calgary. ...


Meanwhile, the Canadiens also finished the NHL regular season in third place. In the NHL playoffs, Montreal went on to beat the second place Toronto St. Patricks, 5-2, in a two game total goals series. The winner of that series was to go on and play the first place Hamilton Tigers. However, the Tigers were suspended after Hamilton players staged a strike in an attempt to receive more compensation because the league extended the regular season from 24 to 30 games. As a result, the Canadiens were declared the 1924-25 NHL champions. The 1924-25 NHL season was the 8th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs are a National Hockey League team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Hamilton Tigers were a National Hockey League (NHL) team that was originally based in Quebec City, Quebec and called the Quebec Bulldogs (1888-1920). ...


With the demise of the PCHA, the Stanley Cup Playoffs reverted back to a one best-of-five series to determine the champion. However, the Cup Finals still annually rotated between the east and the west, and thus all of the games in the 1925 Finals were played at the Victoria Arena. The Cougars jumped to a 2-0 series lead with 5-2 and 3-1 victories, but the Canadiens won Game 3, 4-2. In Game 4, Gizzy Hart scored the game-winning goal in Victoria's 6-1 win to clinch the Cup.


Cougars goaltender Hap Holmes recorded a 2.00 goal-against average for the series. Jack Walker led Victoria in goals with 4, while Frank Fredrickson scored 3. Overall, eight different player combining for the Cougars' 16 goals. Hap Holmes (1889 in Aurora, Ontario - 1940 was a Canadian professional ice hockey goalie who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League. ... Statue of Jack Walker outside Ewood Park football stadium. ... Frank Fredrickson (June 11, 1885 in Winnipeg - May 28, 1979 was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Victoria Cougars of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Falcons in the National Hockey League. ...

Game-by-Game Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
1 March 21 Victoria Cougars 5-2 Montreal Canadiens Victoria Arena
2 March 23 Victoria Cougars 3-1 Montreal Canadiens
3 March 27 Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Victoria Cougars
4 March 30 Victoria Cougars 6-1 Montreal Canadiens
Cougars win best-of-five series 3 games to 1

Cup engravings

After the series win, a new angled ring with the words "Won/By/'Cougars' Victoria, B.C. 1925" was added between the original bowl of the Cup and the original first ring of the base.


See also

  • 1924-25 NHL season
  • 1924-25 WCHL season

The 1924-25 NHL season was the 8th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1924-25 season was the fourth season for the now defunct Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL). ...

References

  • 1924-25 Stanley Cup Winner: Victoria Cougars. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2006-07-06.
  • Podnieks, Andrew, Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 57. ISBN 1-55168-261-3.
  • (1992) Dan Diamond (ed.) The Official National Hockey League Stanley Cup Centennial Book. Firefly Books, 58-59. ISBN 1-895565-15-4.
Preceded by:
1924 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Stanley Cup Champions Succeeded by:
1926 Stanley Cup Finals

 
 

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