The owners of the Pittsburgh Pirates were $400,000 in debt and, needing a new arena in Pittsburgh, asked permission to temporarily relocate the team to Philadelphia for the 1930-31 season until a new arena could be constructed in Pittsburgh.
1931 got off to a bad start with a 10-3 loss to Chicago on New Year's Day on their way to a 1-11-1 record for January. They had a light schedule in February and the season concluded in March as Philadelphia posted identical 1-5-1 records over the last two months of the season. They completed their season with a record of 4 wins, 36 losses and 4 ties and their .136 winning percentage was an NHL record low that would stand for 45 years. As one would assume with a record such as that, the Quakers finished the season the fewest goals scored and gave up the most goals against in the NHL for the year.
Gerry Lowrey was the team's leading scorer with 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in 42 games while Hib Milks led the team in goals with 17. Joe Miller (12 games) and Wilf Cude (30) shared the goaltending duties, with each getting 2 of the 4 total wins. Jake Forbes played back to back games in goal in mid-January for the remaining two games of their 44 game schedule.