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History #10b - Things Fall Apart

Continuation of part 1

1913-14 - things go from really bad to really really bad....

For 1913-14, the Tecumsehs were renamed the Ontarios.  Their uniforms were bright orange and I have yet to see a picture of one.  If the wheels had come off the team in the back half of 1912-13, they lost the rest of the drive train in 1913-14 and were busy grinding off the frame rails.

The Ontarios couldn't score any better than the Tecumsehs, but made up for it by completely forgetting how to defend.  They gave up 20 extra goals (118 total) while scoring just 61 (two up on last year's total) as they compiled a 4-16 record.  Pretty nasty.  To make matters worse, the Blueshirts were winning their Stanley Cup this year, finishing first overall.

The season opened with a 10-3 loss to the Wanderers, and actually managed to go downhill from there as they lost their first eight games before beating Quebec 4-1 in game 9.  They went on a brief spurt and won three in a row before going 1-8 to finish the year.

Steve Vair only played half the season and virtually all the offense came from Jack McDonald.

 

1913-14  TORONTO ONTARIOS

PLAYER            GP G A PTS PIM GOALTENDER        GP W L T MINS GA GAA SO
Jack McDonald     20 27 8 35 12 Sammy Hebert   19 4 15 0 1160 108 5.59 0
Fred Doherty      19 9 5 14 20 Jack Cross      1 0 1 0 40 6 9.00 0
Steve Vair         9 7 6 13 4 Reg Rankin     1 0 0 0 20 4 12.00 0
Howard McNamara   20 7 6 13 36 TOTAL          20 4 16 0 1220 118 5.80 0
Fred Lake         20 4 4 8 23
Harry Scott        7 4 1 5 2
Ed Lowrey         16 1 3 4 13
Bert Hunt         11 1 1 2 4
Bill Creighton     9 1 0 1 0
George McNamara    9 0 1 1 0
Jack Cross         1 0 0 0 0
Reg Rankin         1 0 0 0 0
Emile Marchildon   3 0 0 0 0
Guy Smith          3 0 0 0 2
Sammy Hebert      19 0 0 0 0
 


Jack McDonald

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via ourhistory.canadiens.com



If scoring a big percentage of the goals on a bad team makes one a great prospect (see Ferraro, Landon), then Jack McDonald should have been snapped up in a real hurry.  Jack scored 43.5% of all the goals the Ontarios got in 1913-14.  It was by far his best season.

Jack had come back to the NHA after a year out west with the PCHA in 1912-13.  He'd been with the Quebec Bulldogs for the most part since 1906, moving with them from league to league.  He'd go back to them in 1914 and stayed through the end of the NHA.  He'd briefly be a Wanderer, a Hab, a Bulldog again and even a St. Pat for 6 games.

The hhof has this to say:

Jack McDonald's career straddled the formation of the NHL. He played four seasons with the Quebec Bulldogs of the Eastern Canada Hockey Association before joining the Quebec Bulldogs of the National Hockey Association, the precursor to the NHL, in 1910-11. After two seasons with the NHA Bulldogs, McDonald played for the Vancouver Millionaires of the PCHA in 1912-13, returning east to join the Toronto Ontarios of the NHA for the 1913-14 season. McDonald enjoyed his strongest season with the Ontarios, scoring 27 goals and 8 assists in 20 games. The following season, he was back with the Quebec Bulldogs, where he played for the next three seasons. The NHL was formed in 1917, and the Montreal Wanderers claimed McDonald in the Dispersal Draft. After 4 games, the Montreal Canadiens snatched Jack and he finished the season with that franchise. In 1918-19, McDonald again played for the Montreal Canadiens, but when the Quebec franchise returned to the NHL in 1919-20, Jack McDonald became a Bulldog once again. The Quebec franchise lasted but one season, and then moved to Hamilton. In late November, 1920, the Hamilton Tigers traded McDonald, Harry Mummery and Dave Ritchie to the Montreal Canadiens in return for Jack Coughlin and the loan of Billy Coutu. After starting the 1920-21 season in Montreal for his second foray with the Canadiens, Jack was loaned to the Tornto St. Pats for the remaining 6 games of the season. He was back in a Montreal Canadiens' uniform in 1921-22, his last before retiring.

 

Fred Doherty

Fred Doherty thankfully played one NHL game in 1918-19, which garnered him a profile at the HHOF.

Fred had played with Galt in the old Trolley League (OPHL) where the Toronto Professionals had played.  He got into a game with the Blueshirts in 1912-13 and would only see spot duty with teams after his season with the Ontarios.

He scored a goal in Galt's 1911 Stanley Cup challenge against Ottawa.

The HHOF take:

Right-winger Fred Doherty played a couple of games for the Montreal Canadiens in 1918-19. He was best known as a dangerous scorer in the OPHL and the NHA.

Born in Norwood, Ontario, Doherty excelled in the OPHL with the Guelph and Galt Professionals. He was one of the first pro stars in the province an accumulated 29 goals in parts of three seasons. Doherty moved to the MPHL's Moncton Victorias in 1911-12 and was a scoring star there for two years.

Doherty joined the NHA's Toronto Ontarios in 1913-14 and also competed briefly for the Quebec Bulldogs and Montreal Wanderers. After serving two years in World War I, he signed with the Canadiens as a free agent and played a couple of games before retiring.

 

Fred Lake

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(via Joe Pelletier @ bp1.blogger.com )


Fred was a veteran defenseman whose best years were spent in Ottawa, where he was part of Cup winners in 1909 and 1911.  He turned pro in 1902 with Pittsburgh of the WPHL, the first professional hockey league.  Fred would be dealt back to Ottawa the following season for goalie Percy LeSueur.

The most interesting take on Fred has to be Joe Pelletier's

Despite losing an eye in the rough International League in northern Michigan, Fred Lake of Moosomin, Saskatchewan played nine years as a professional hockey player.

Lake's most prominent years came alongside defense partner Hamby Shore. The two first teamed up in Winnipeg in the Manitoba Hockey League before spending 4 years together in Ottawa. Standing tall before goalie Percy Lesueur, the duo of Lake and Shore helped the Senators capture the 1909 and 1911 Stanley Cup!

In addition to be a hockey star, Fred Lake was an astute businessman in his days in Ottawa. But perhaps a business deal went horribly wrong, as Lake was found dead in 1937 under very suspicious circumstances.

According to ace hockey researcher James Milks at his excellent website LostHockey.com:

"Fred Lake's body was found under suspicious circumstances on November 30, 1937.

"Lake's body was found in an automobile on a deserted farm near Connaught park Jockey Club in Aylmer, Quebec. He had been dead for 36 to 48 hours, so his exact date of death is unsure, but either the 27th or 28th of November.

"An extension had been placed on the exhaust pipe and twisted into the interior of the car. Lake's head was resting on two small pillows, his body stretched out on the seat. The mystery deepened with the discovery of two sets of footsteps in the frozen snow leading away from the car. An auto crank was also found on the ground near the back wheels."

 

Harry Scott 

Harry played parts of two seasons with the Habs after this one year with the Ontarios.  He went on to a career as a curler and as the eventual sports editor of the Calgary Albertan.

Sammy Hebert 

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via 1.bp.blogspot.com


Sammy was a goaltender who only really started with two clubs over his career - the 1913-14 Ontarios and the 1916-17 Quebec Bulldogs.  He saw spot duty otherwise or action in lesser leagues.  High goals-against averages seem to be the norm.

The HHOF take:

Sammy Hebert was goaltender who suited up briefly with the Toronto Arenas and Ottawa Senators in the early days of the NHL. He was better known in the NHA, WCHL and the Ottawa senior league.

The native of Ottawa played 19 games for the Toronto Ontarios of the OPHL in 1913-14 before moving up to the hometown Senators of the NHA for a couple of games. He also toiled briefly for the senior Ottawa New Edinburghs before serving his country in World War I.

Hebert returned to the game after a year's military service and spent most of the 1916-17 season in the NHA with the Quebec Bulldogs. The next year he played a pair of games as a spare netminder on the Toronto Arenas during the inaugural NHL schedule. This was followed by three years of senior hockey with the Ottawa City Cedar squad.

In 1921-22, Hebert returned to top-flight competition with the Saskatoon Sheiks of the Western Canada league. He played 42 games over two seasons for the club then returned home the following season. Hebert played the last two games of his career with the NHL's Senators as a fill-in before retiring in 1924.

 

After the one season as owner of the Ontarios, Tom Wall had had enough.  The team was needed a new local owner and the NHA targeted a man who had had a lot of success building amateur teams in Toronto - a certain E.J. Livingstone....

 

Next - Eddie!  Eddie!  Eddie!

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