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

Games 9 & 10 - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 9 (February  11, 1913) - Moncton Victoria 4 - Sydney Millionaires 3For the fans who bought tickets to see the rivalry and the brutality of these two teams, they were not disappointed.  McGregor of the Victorias was struck with a high stick on the face, received a severe cut to the head and was knocked unconscious. 

This very rough game was also characterized by the presence of Harry Scott playing for Moncton.  Harry was still under contract to the Halifax Crescents and under the MPHA rules was not permitted to play for another team after the February 1st deadline.  Manager MacDonald of Sydney filed a protest before the game which was ignored by the Moncton management.  To make matters worse, Scott reportedly took a run at Sydney's goalie Toby MacDonald.  According to an account of the game, on a rush up the ice Scott passed the puck off to his team mate Andy Kyle and purposely drove Toby into the net allowing Kyle the opportunity to score.  Later in the game, Scott also skated over to Toby and wrestled his stick away, forcing Toby to overturn the net to stop play.  After this loss, the Sydney team quickly packed up and headed to New Glasgow for their next game the following night.

Game 8 & Stanley Cup Challenge Controversy - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 8 (February  6, 1913) - Sydney Millionaires 4 - Halifax Crescents 1On February sixth, in what was described as the best hockey game ever played in Sydney, the Millionaires defeated the Halifax Crescents.  The game was characterized as the cleanest and fastest game of the season with only one penalty called.  This game moved Sydney into sole position of first place in the MPHA with six wins and two losses.  Excitement for a championship was beginning to build among the Sydney fans with a local reporter overhearing a couple of the fans stating "Do you know Lizzie, said one girl to her friend last night, I think I could love any boy on the Sydney team."

Game 7 & Aftermath - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 7 (January 30, 1913) - Sydney Millionaires 4 - Moncton Victorias 3 The January 30th game in Sydney, in front of 2300 fans was an extremely rough and hard fought battle.  the game started out with Moncton taking the lead in the first period.  From all accounts, the Millionaires displayed miserable team work throughout the game.  They were still able to squeeze out a victory after being down three to nothing after the end of the first period.  Ken Randall scored two goals in the second period and then another in the third period to tie the game.  Dunphy scored the game winner.  There were plenty of injuries with Sydney's Tetrault and Moncton's McGregor both suffering broken noses.  Fraser suffered an ankle injury from a "chop to the ankle".  The most serious injury was to Moncton's Walker who was removed from the game after being knocked to the ice and needed several stitches in his head.  Walker's injury was severe enough that he was unable to play in Moncton's next game against New Glasgow.        

Games 5 & 6 - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 5 (January 23, 1913) - Sydney Millionaires 7 - Halifax Crescents 4On January 23rd Sydney was on home ice against the Halifax Crescents.  The Millionaires were able to electrify 2500 fans with a seven to four win.  The fans were anticipating a nasty game after the previous rough game in Halifax between the same two teams but from all accounts it was a very clean game with few penalties and lots of action.  Players on the Crescents were also surprised, thinking that it might be necessary to have police protection from Sydney’s fans.  The game was characterized by two events: Fraser's slash of Harry Scott, putting Scott out of the game and a goal from Cap MacDonald scored from center ice.  Sydney’s new players, Randall and Mohan received ice time switching at the center position.  The Sydney Post seemed enthusiastic about the new additions stating, "The Millionaires are materially strengthened by the new additions and the chances of the cup and championship landing on this side of the strait are brighter that ever."

Games 3 & 4 - The 1913 Season

  • Posted on: 27 December 2014
  • By: lrigby

Game 3 (January 14, 1913) - Sydney Millionaires 14 - Halifax Crescents 3 - The next day, Sydney arrived in Halifax for their game against the Halifax Crescents.   The Halifax fans were very excited to check out these new Sydney Millionaires who had defeated the Moncton Vics on their own ice.  Tickets for the game sold very quickly with five thousand fans anticipated to take it in.  Jack Fraser who had sat out the Moncton game due to exhaustion from the rail trip east was scheduled to play his first game for Sydney in Halifax.                                             

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