Blogs about the Sydney Millionaires Professional Hockey Club and their 1913 Challenge for the Stanley Cup.  

Excitement and Sour Grapes - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

The City of Sydney was buzzing with anticipation of the upcoming Stanley Cup challenge match with the Quebec Bulldogs.  One of the most popular and admired sites in Sydney was the photo of the Millionaires taken by a local photographer C. H. Wheeler.  It sat in Kennedy's Cigar store window on Charlotte Street and according to reports it was "greatly admired by the public".

Games 15, 16 & The Championship and the Right to Challenge for The Stanley Cup - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 15 (February  27, 1913) - Sydney Millionaires 7 - Moncton Victorias 2 - The February 28th headline read "Home City Takes Crosby Cup".  The Millionaires delighted their fans by easily defeating the Victorias in what was described as a hard rough game but with sharp clean checking.  Hundreds of "rooters" travelled the tram cars from North Sydney, Glace Bay and New Waterford to cheer on the Millionaires.  Many of the female fans came to the game wearing the team colours in hopes of inspiring their team to victory.  One notable fan at the game was Harvey Richardson who had recovered enough to return from Halifax in time to catch this match.

Games 14 & Resolution of Bribery Charges - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 14 (February  25, 1913) - Sydney Millionaires 4 - Halifax Socials 3With a four to three overtime victory over the Halifax Socials in Halifax, the Sydney Post declared in a headline "Millionaires get both arms around the coveted Crosby Cup." Also in Sydney's favor was the defeat of the New Glasgow Cubs by the Moncton Vics in New Glasgow.  This meant that Sydney sat alone at the top of the standings with a ten and four record while The Cubs and Vics were tied in second, both with records of nine and six with only two games to go.  The Millionaires had one game in hand and only needed one victory to clinch the Crosby Cup.  What made the situation more interesting was that Sydney's next two games were against Moncton and New Glasgow.  If these two teams could both defeat Sydney it would mean that Moncton and New Glasgow would be tied for the MPHA league lead at the end of the season. Upon arriving home from their victory in Halifax many excited fans met the train at Sydney's ICR station to give the Millionaires a "rousing reception" . 

Games 12 & 13 - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 12 (February  20, 1913) - Sydney Millionaires 6 Halifax Socials 1 - The Millionaires, without Cap MacDonald, played the Halifax Socials at home in front of two thousand fans.  The Millionaires did not disappoint their fans, defeating the Socials by a score of six to one.  The game was characterized by good team work possibly due to the influence of the new manager MacLean.  Ken Randall took Cap's position at cover point and according to the papers played a "star game" scoring three of Sydney's six goals with Billy Dunphy adding two and Jimmy Wilkie scoring one .  This win increased the Millionaires league lead.  Even with this decisive win, the fans were still incensed with the suspension of Cap McDonald who was watching this game from the stands.

Game 11, Multiple Protests and Bribery Charges - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 11 (February  14, 1913) - Sydney Millionaires 7 New Glasgow Cubs 3The Millionaires were able to get quick revenge on the New Glasgow Cubs by defeating them the following night in Sydney in front of twenty-five hundred excited fans.  According to accounts of the game, local boy, Billy Dunphy, was the star giving "the spectators a most artistic exhibition and his rushes were the signal for the great crowd to stand up on their seats and cheer the speedy North Sydney man".  The Millionaire's goalie, Toby MacDonald, was also credited as having an excellent showing.  According to a press account, Toby "frequently won the applause of the fans and even his enemies were obliged to cheer his wonderful work." 

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