Wednesday, March 7, 2012
On this date in 1924, Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators scored six goals in a 12-5 victory over the Hamilton Tigers to become the first and only brother combo to each score six goals in an NHL game, joining his brother Corbett Denneny, who also victimized Hamilton six weeks earlier. The brothers are two of only eight players to score six or more goals in a game, which has not happened since 1976.
Denneny began his professional career with the Toronto Ontarios of the National Hockey Association (NHA) in 1914, scoring 6 goals in 8 games. The club would be sold and renamed the Toronto Shamrocks in the latter part of the season. Denneny was transferred to the Toronto Blueshirts for the 1915-16 season and would go on to finish third in league scoring with 24 goals in 24 games, behind only Newsy Lalonde and Joe Malone.
He was sold to the Ottawa Senators in 1916 where he would play the next 12 seasons. His first season in Ottawa was the last for the NHA and they would move to the brand new National Hockey League for the 1917-18 season where Denneny would finish second in league scoring with 36 goals and 46 points in just a 20 game season.
The 1919-20 season saw the Senators win the O'Brien Cup as champions of the NHL and then defeat the Seattle Metropolitans 3 games to 2 to capture the first Stanley Cup of Denneny's career.
The 1920 Stanley Cup Champion Ottawa Senators
The following season Denneny again led the Senators in scoring with 34 goals and 39 points in 24 games to place third in league scoring. His 34 goals included the six goals he scored on this date in 1921 against the same Hamilton Tigers club that his brother Corbett performed the feat against six weeks earlier, making them the first pair of brothers to score six goals each during a single NHL game.
The Senators romped in the NHL championship playoff defeating the Toronto St. Patricks 7-0 in the two-game total goal series and then defended their Stanley Cup championship by defeating the Vancouver Millionaires 3 games to 2 as Denneny led all playoff scorers with 4 goals and 6 points in 7 games.
The sharp dressed men of the 1920-21 Ottawa Senators
Denneny's 39 points in 1921-22 and 34 points in 1922-23 were good for second in league scoring the next two seasons. The Senators defeated the Edmonton Eskimos in 1922-23 in a close fought final by scores of 2-1 in overtime and then 1-0 to take the third Stanley Cup of Denneny's career.
The 1923-24 season saw Denneny finally capture the elusive NHL scoring title with 22 goals and 24 points in 21 games. Despite scoring 42 points in 1924-25, Denneny finished second in NHL scoring the following season and again in 1925-26 with 36 points.
NHL scoring champion Cy Denneny
Although Denneny's 23 points were not among the league leaders in 1926-27, he did lead the Senators in scoring for the seventh time in ten seasons and the fifth season in a row as the Senators defeated first the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins to capture the fourth Stanley Cup championship of Denneny's career.
After one more season in Ottawa, Denneny would join the Boston Bruins as a player, coach and assistant manager for the 1928-29 season and help the Bruins capture the first Stanley Cup title in their history, the fifth of his career.
The 1928-29 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins
Upon his retirement, Denneny was the NHL's all time leading goal scorer with 246 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1959.
Today's featured jersey is a 1926-27 Ottawa Senators Cy Denneny jersey. This wool jersey features the "World Champs 1926-27" patch on the chest, boastfully reminding their opponents of the Senators lofty status as defending champions.
This classic barberpole style is an icon of early NHL jerseys as the Senators won the Stanley Cup four times in the first ten years of the NHL and is one of our favorite jerseys of all time.
photo courtesy of Classic Auctions