Seattle Metropolitans

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Seattle Metropolitans
Seattle Metropolitans Crest.gif
CitySeattle, Washington
LeaguePCHA
Founded1915[1]
Home arenaSeattle Ice Arena[1]
ColorsGreen, red and white
Championships
Regular season titles1917, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924
Stanley Cups1917
 
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Seattle Metropolitans
Seattle Metropolitans Crest.gif
CitySeattle, Washington
LeaguePCHA
Founded1915[1]
Home arenaSeattle Ice Arena[1]
ColorsGreen, red and white
Championships
Regular season titles1917, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924
Stanley Cups1917

The Seattle Metropolitans were a professional ice hockey team based in Seattle, Washington which played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1915 to 1924. They won the Stanley Cup in 1917, becoming the first American team to do so. They played their home games at the Seattle Ice Arena.

History[edit]

The United States' first Stanley Cup[edit]

Seattle Metropolitans Stanley Cup winning team in 1917 (Top Row: Harry Holmes, Bobby Rowe, Ed Carpenter, Jack Walker; Middle: Frank Foyston, Pete Muldoon, mgr.; Bottom: Bernie Morris, Cully Wilson, Roy Rickey, Jim Riley)

Seattle won the 1917 championship by defeating the National Hockey Association's Montreal Canadiens three games to one by a combined score of 19 to 3. Fourteen of Seattle's goals were scored by Bernie Morris (including six in game four alone).[2] Games one and three were played under PCHA rules, i.e., seven players per side, forward passing in the neutral zone, and no substitution for penalized players. Games two and four were played under NHA rules, i.e., six players per side, no forward passing, substitutions allowed.[2]

Life in the PCHA[edit]

After winning the 1917 Stanley Cup the Metropolitans also played in the Stanley Cup finals in 1919 (which was cancelled due to the Spanish flu pandemic after five games, with the series tied 2-2-1) and 1920, when they lost to the Ottawa Senators.[2]

In the 1919 cancelled Stanley Cup finals, two brilliant performances by Seattle players were recorded, one by Hap Holmes keeping the last played game scoreless resulting in the referee declaring a tie and another by Frank Foyston, who scored 8 goals in the first 4 games of the series.

During the 1920 Stanley Cup finals, the Ottawa Senators would don solid white Jerseys [3] to avoid confusion with Seattle's barber pole style of green, red and white (Ottawa traditionally wore black red and white pole style jerseys).[2] The 1920 Series was subsequently relocated from Ottawa to Toronto's mutual artificial ice surface at Toronto's Mutual Street Arena due to poor ice conditions.[3]

The PCHA consisted of four teams for the 1915-16 and 1916-17 seasons, while operating under only three teams from 1917-18 until its final season in 1923-1924. From 1922-23, games against the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) counted in the PCHA standings. This allowed Seattle to have a losing record yet still win the league regular season championship in 1924. In 1924, the Seattle team folded and the PCHA ceased to operate. In its final season, the team had an average of 1000 fans per game in attendance.[4] Arena owners subsequently did not renew the team's lease [1] . The remaining teams of Vancouver and Victoria joined the WCHL for the 1924-1925 season.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

PCHA seasonGPWLTPTSGFGAPIMFinishPlayoffs
1915–1618990186867--3rd in PCHAN/A
1916–172416803212580--1st in PCHAWon Stanley Cup
1917–18181170226765--1st in PCHALost PCHA final
1918–19201190226646--2nd in PCHANo decision in Stanley Cup final
1919–202212100245955--1st in PCHALost Stanley Cup final
1920–212412111257768--2nd in PCHAN/A
1921–222412111256564--1st in PCHALost PCHA final
1922–23301515030100106--3rd in PCHAN/A
1923–243014160288499--1st in PCHALost to Vancouver in two game most goals (4-3)

Hall of Famers[edit]

Five honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame are recognized as part of the Seattle Metropolitans team.[5]

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