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Saturday, March 13, 2010

1937-38 Detroit Red Wings Carl Liscombe Jersey

On this date in 1938, Detroit Red Wings rookie Carl Liscombe set a record for the fastest hat trick in NHL history at the time when he netted a trio of goals in one minute and fifty-two seconds, a record would stand for 14 years.

Liscombe's pro career would begin with the Detroit Olympics in the International Hockey League (IHL) in 1935 and he would move to the Pittsburgh Hornets of the International-American Hockey League (IAHL) in 1936-37 before making his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 1937-38, where he would score 14 goals, which included the fastest hat trick in NHL history against the Chicago Black Hawks at the Red Wings famed Olympia Stadium.

The following season of 1938-39 was spent entirely in the NHL, but Liscome would split the next two seasons between the Red Wings and the Indianapolis Capitals of the American Hockey League (AHL).

He would finally establish himself as a full-time NHL regular in 1941-42 and contribute 13 points in 12 playoff games, including four in one game versus the Boston Bruins, but the Red Wings, while leading in the third period of Game 4 while up three games to none, would famously let the Stanley Cup slip through their fingers as they would not only lose Game 4, but the next three in a row as Toronto became the first team ever to come back from a 3-0 deficit to steal the cup away from Detroit, a feat that would never be duplicated in the Stanley Cup Finals, NBA Finals or World Series.

Toughened by that crushing and unprecedented defeat, the Red Wings would finish first overall in the regular season standings and return to the finals in 1943 where they would sweep the Bruins in four straight behind Liscombe's 14 points in 10 games.

1942-43 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings

Up to this point in his career, Liscombe had scored no more than 42 points in a season, but the 1943-44 season saw him shatter that mark with 36 goals and 37 assists for 73 points in 50 games to finish fourth in league scoring.

Liscombe would play two more seasons with Detroit, including a return to the finals in 1945. His final NHL career totals were 373 games played, 137 goals and 140 assists for 277 points.

Even though his NHL career had come to a close, there was still more to come from Liscombe, as he would return to the AHL, first with the St. Louis Flyers before finding a home with the Providence Reds in 1946-47.

Liscome would again enter the record books the following season when he became the first professional player to score 100 points in a season when he tallied 50 goals and 68 assists for 118 points in 1947-48 to lead the league in scoring a capture the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL MVP.

He would follow up his 118 point season with another season of 100 points or more with 102 in 1948-49 as the Reds would capture the Calder Cup as AHL champions and Liscombe would be named to his second consecutive Les Cunningham Award.

His career would wind down with another season in Providence, two seasons in the IHL and two more playing senior hockey in Canada before calling it a career.

Today's featured jersey is a 1937-38 Detroit Red Wings Carl Liscombe jersey as worn by Liscombe during his rookie season when he set the then current record for the fastest hat trick in NHL history in 1:52.

The Red Wings would later add a white stripe to the side of their pants in 1940. This sweater was first introduced in 1932 following the name change to Red Wings and remains essentially unchanged to this day.

Today's video selection is a look at the history of the Detroit Red Wings, which includes some footage of some of the Red Wings early Stanley Cup celebrations.

Friday, March 12, 2010

1980-81 Edmonton Oilers Ron Low Jersey

When the Edmonton Oilers, and the other three World Hockey Association teams, joined the NHL in 1979 they were allowed to protect only two skaters and two goaltenders.

The Oliers protected goalies Dave Dryden and Eddie Mio, who had played in 63 and 22 games respectively in the Oilers previous season.

The 13 players to remain on the team from their final WHA season were skaters Wayne Gretzky, Blair MacDonald, Stan Weir, Brett Callighen, Dave Hunter, Ron Chipperfield, Risto Siltanen, Al Hamilton, Dave Semenko, Bill Flett, Peter Driscoll and goalies Mio and Dryden.

The Oilers first NHL game saw them go down to defeat against the Chicago Black Hawks on the road, but they earned points in their next five games with two pairs of ties sandwiching a win versus their WHA cousins the Quebec Nordiques, their first win in the NHL.

Two wins and 11 losses in their next 13 games showed the Oilers that life in the NHL was not going to be easy, but they responded with four wins, three ties and two losses in their next nine. Two wins and five losses closed out the 1979 calendar year, leaving the Oilers at 9-19-7 for 25 points.

January saw the Oilers go 6-6-3 and they closed out a 5-7-2 month of February with a loss, which began a skid of six straight losses. The streak was broken on this date in 1980 with the arrival of goaltender Ron Low, who arrived from the Nordiques in exchange for Ron Chipperfield on March 11th.

Low's debut on this date in 1980 was a 6-3 victory over the Nordiques in Quebec and made the Oilers only the second team in NHL history to use six different goaltenders in one season. Low, in fact, was the fifth Oilers goalie in the span of five games!

#1 Don Cutts, six NHL games, #1 Jim Corsi, 26 NHL games, and #33 Bob Dupuis, in his only NHL start, all began and ended their NHL careers with Edmonton that season, and #28 Dryden, #31 Mio and #30 Low all took turns in the Oilers goal that season.

The arrival of Low sparked the Oilers, as they would finish the season 8-2-1 to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs in their first NHL campaign with Low starting all 11 games to close out the season.

Today's featured jersey is a SandowSK 1980-81 Edmonton Oilers Ron Low jersey as worn in the second half of the season, replacing the knit jerseys with these new mesh ones.

This set of jerseys was known for the very thin letters used for the names on the back.

Not a lot of Ron Low highlights on youtube, but we did find this bit of mayhem from Low's time with the New Jersey Devils.

Fortunately we weren't looking for Don Cutts...

We did, however find these next two videos, the first of which is Bob Dupuis playing goal for Canada at the 1980 Olympics. That's him you see for a half second at the 15 second mark of the video followed by the empty net as he is pulled for an extra attacker in easily the lamest excuse for posting a video ever on Third String Goalie!

This second video is from Italy, with Jim Corsi as one of the commentators, breaking our previous record for the lamest excuse ever for posting a video. We assume it's the same Jim Corsi, who does happen to have duel Italian citizenship. There can't be that many guys in Italy named "Jim" who also happen to be involved in ice hockey in Italy, can there?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

2004-05 Kölner Haie (Cologne Sharks) Dave McLlwain Jersey

On this date in 1992, Dave McLlwain played his first game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, tying Dennis O'Brien's NHL record, as it was McLlwain's fourth different team of the season!

McLlwain was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 172nd overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft and began his tour of the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987-88 by playing 66 games. He spent most of the following season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL, but did get into 24 games with the Penguins.

The Penguins dealt him to the Winnipeg Jets for the 1989-90 season, in which he would have his best NHL season, scoring 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points. Limited to 60 games in 1990-91, his production declined to 25 points.

The 1991-92 season began with McLlwain playing three games for the Jets, but was traded on October 11th to the Buffalo Sabres. His stay in Buffalo was brief, as having played just five games, McLlwain was on his way to the New York Islanders as part of the blockbuster deal involving Pierre Turgeon that brought Pat Lafontaine to the Sabres on October 25th.

McLlwain played 54 games for the Islanders, scoring 23 points, but then was dealt yet again to the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 10, 1992, where he played the final 11 games of the season and tied the NHL record by suiting up for his forth different club of the season on this date in 1992.

In all, McLlwain played in 73 games that season, scoring 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points, no doubt affected by the constant upheaval and time spent integrating into each club's schemes and learning his ever-shifting linemates.

He was able to call Toronto home for the entirety of the 1992-93 season, but was claimed by the Ottawa Senators in the waiver draft for the following season. He responded with 17 goals and 26 assists for the second highest total of his NHL career of 43 points.

McLlwain was limited to just 43 games in 1994-95 and spent most of 1995-96 with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL, scoring 75 points in 60 games, as well as appearing in 18 games with the Penguins, who acquired McLlwain from Ottawa.

After splitting time between the Lumberjacks, 75 points in 63 games, and the New York Islanders, where he played in four games, McLlwain's NHL career came to a close. His NHL totals were 501 games played, 100 goals and 107 assists for 207 points.

Even though McLlwain's NHL career was at an end, his playing days were far from over, as he spent the 1997-98 season with the Landshut Cannibals of the German DEL and the following two seasons with SC Bern of the Swiss National League A where he averaged more than a point per game, with 103 in 84 games.

Having played for 21 clubs in 13 seasons, McLlwain finally found stability when he signed with the Cologne Sharks (Kölner Haie) of the DEL, where he played nine seasons, winning a championship in 2002, leading the team in scoring four times, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 (the latter two leading the entire DEL) and was also named team captain.

Today's featured jersey is a 2004-05 Kölner Haie (Cologne Sharks) Dave McLlwain jersey. This jersey is very representative of the typical European club team jersey, with all the elements of the basic jersey being dye-sublimated and numerous sponsorship logos, with perhaps a few being sewn on from time to time.

Today's bonus jersey is a CCM 1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs Dave McLlwain jersey as worn when McLlwain tied the NHL record by playing with the Maple Leafs, his fourth different team in that season.

This jersey features the NHL 75th Anniversary patch as worn on all players jerseys during the 1991-92 season.

Extra Bonus jersey: Here is the jersey presented to Dave McLlwain in the occasion of this 500th game in the DEL.

Today's video section begins with a goal by McLlwain during his rookie season with the Penguins when he knocks a puck out of mid-air past John Vanbiesbrouck of the New York Rangers.

Next, we feature a tribute to McLlwain that recounts his entire career, from the Kitchner Rangers in junior hockey, to the Pittsburgh Penguins representing the NHL portion of his career and then his time with Cologne in the DEL.

Sorry about the Whitney Houston as the choice of music. Germans. What can you say? These are the same people who like David Hasslehoff.

Here is another tribute to McLlwain with some great game action and footage of the tribute paid to him on the occasion of his final home game on February 27, 2009 in front of 15,000 fans who seriously worshiped him.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2004-05 Warroad Warriors Zach Larson Jersey

The Minnesota State Boys' Hockey Tournament begins today with the quarterfinals in Class A, followed by the start of the Class AA tournament tomorrow. Class AA consists of the top 64 schools by enrollment in the state and Class A is for the remaining schools. In terms of enrollment, Class AA is roughly for schools with 1,200 students or more, with the largest of the Twin Cities suburban schools reaching enrollments of 3,000.

Often compared to the Indiana State Boys' Basketball Tournament or the Texas and Florida State Football Tournaments as the most important nationally for their sport, the Minnesota State Boys' Hockey Tournament is a four day festival of excitement, color and sound as the parents, relatives, fans, cheerleaders (on skates!) and bands from 16 schools all travel to the state capital of St. Paul to cheer on their teams as they compete on the ice at the home of the Minnesota Wild, the Xcel Energy Center, in front of sell out crowds of up to 19,500 fans.

The tournament began back in 1945 in St. Paul. After a stop at the home of the Minnesota North Stars, the Met Center, for eight years in the 1970's, the tournament returned to St. Paul at the new St. Paul Civic Center, known for it's clear boards, which you can see below in one of today's videos. For nearly 50 years the tournament was played as an eight team, single class tournament, which lent itself to classic David and Goliath matchups, as the smaller schools from the Northern part of the state travelled down to the city, taking on some of the largest schools attendance-wise in the state.

Controversially, the tournament split into two classes in 1994, based on enrollment. While schools in the smaller enrollment Class A have the option to move up and play in Class AA, the tournament lost something special in the process. Still, it is the largest state sports tournament in the United States in terms of attendance and viewership, as all the championship bracket games are broadcast on local television. On March 7, 2008 19,559 fans attended the semi-finals, setting a new record for the largest crowed to ever attend a hockey game in Minnesota, exceeding even the Minnesota Wild's largest crowed.

Many NHL veterans have participated in the tournament, including Neal Broten, Phil Housley, Reed Larson, John Mayasich, Mike Antonovich, Henry Boucha, Mark Parrish and current NHLers T. J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues and Blake Wheeler of the Boston Bruins. Of the 19 Minnesota players taken in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft between 2000 and 2009, 13 of them played in the state tournament.

Many rivalries, dynasties, villains and favorites have emerged over the years, with small schools from up north such as Eveleth, Greenway of Coleraine, International Falls and Warroad always being sentimental favorites. Roseau, in particular, has been one of the only small schools (enrollment 410 in 2009, compared to 24 Twin Cities schools between 2000-3100 students, and well below the 1200 cut-off point for Class AA status) to move up to AA and succeed with championships in 1999 and 2007.

Other schools have had their runs, with Eveleth in the late 40's/early 50's, International Falls in the 1960's, Bloomington Jefferson dominating in the early 1990's, but none more so than Edina, with nine championships, the first coming in 1969, four in the 1970's, three in the 1980's and one in 1997, as well as seemingly annual other tournament appearances, putting the Hornets at the top of the list of "teams you love to hate", as teams from the tony Minneapolis suburb Edina are considered to be "the rich kids", even sporting green and gold jerseys in the color of money, earning the Hornets the derisive nickname the "Cake Eaters", which they annoyingly wholly embrace!

Other schools on the outs with the public are the private schools, such as The Academy of Holy Angels (champions in 2002 and 2005) and Hill-Murray (1983, 1991, 2008), who are considered to have the advantage of being able to recruit the best players to attend their schools rather than take what comes their way in the case of the traditional public schools. This "class war" is an age old argument between the public and private schools and is only magnified with the arrival of a smaller school from the north, such as when tiny Roseau makes an appearance in St. Paul, and is one of the driving forces behind the ongoing popularity of the tournament, as every great drama must have it's villain.

Since it's inception Class A has been a battle between the smaller private schools, with Benilde-St. Margaret's, St. Thomas Academy, Totino-Grace and Breck winning eight championships and the smaller schools from the northern part of the state now given a chance to compete for a state title, with classic schools like Eveleth and International Falls able to win their first titles since the early 1970's and first time winners like Hermantown, Red Wing and four time Class A champion Warroad flying the flag for the public schools who have also captured eight titles since the two class system was introduced.

This year's tournament begins today at 11 AM with the quarterfinals in Class A with the traditional mix of #2 seeded Mahtomedi from the twin cities suburbs taking on Alexandria from the west central part of the state, #3 Hermantown from up north outside of Duluth against Virginia, a further 50 miles to the north, #1 seeded private school Breck facing New Ulm from the south central area and #4 seeded traditional Class A power Warroad, located just 7 1/2 miles from the Canadian border, facing the private Rochester Lourdes from the south east corner of the state.

Class AA begins on Friday when the #2 "Cake Eaters" from Edina take on tiny Roseau (located 11 miles from the Canadian border) in the classic matchup which makes this tournament so much fun. That game is followed by #3 Blaine from the northern suburbs against Apple Valley from the southern end of the twin cities metro area. The afternoon session begins with #1 ranked Minnetonka from the western suburbs battling Lakeville North from the southern suburbs. The private #4 seeded Hill-Murray takes on Duluth East, champions in 1995 and 1998 led by the prolific Dave Spehar, who once had hat tricks in each of his three tournament games in 1995, something no one has ever done before or since, making Spehar an instant tournament legend.

The semi-finals for both classes are held Friday with the championships being played on Saturday.

It's a huge deal to make it "to state" in Minnesota. This past week thousands of fans attended the eight section finals just for right to go to the state tournament, which for the kids involved means staying in a hotel in the big city, playing in an NHL arena with your buddies that you grew up with in front of all your family and friends and having your games televised live throughout the state. Many players have gone on to win national championships in college and even in the NHL, and over and over again when asked for their greatest hockey memory, the answer frequently comes back "playing in the state tournament in high school". Not necessarily winning it, just playing in it.

Once, a hockey writer quoted former three time national champion University of Minnesota and 1980 "Miracle on Ice" USA Olympic coach Herb Brooks as saying that winning a state championship with St. Paul Johnson in 1955 was one of the best moments in his career. Brooks called the writer to inform him that he had been misquoted. He said it was the best moment.

16 teams, 4 days, 120,000 fans, 16 bands, 2 champions. There's nothing else quite like it.

Today's featured jersey is a CCM 2005 Warroad Warriors Zach Larson jersey. This jersey was worn by players at Warroad High School from 2001 to half way through the 2008-09 season. Warroad won the Class A championship in 2003 and 2005 with jerseys from this set, but being a #13 jersey, there were several seasons in which no one chose the unlucky sweater number 13.

Larson defied superstition and wore this jersey during their undefeated (29-0-2) championship season of 2005, and was a teammate to current St. Louis Blues forward Oshie, who is the all-time leading scorer in Warroad history with 104 goals and 137 assists for 241 points in just 93 games. Oshie led the entire state of Minnesota in 2004-05 with 37 goals and 100 points.

Warroad Warrior T. J. Oshie

Other notable hockey players to come from Warroad include Dave Christian, a member of the Miracle on Ice 1980 gold medal winning USA Olympic team, who would go on to play 15 NHL seasons with Winnipeg, Washington, Boston, St. Louis and Chicago, Dave's father Bill Christian and uncle Roger Christian, who won gold medals in the 1960 Olympics, and Boucha, a 1972 silver Olympic medalist who would play for Detroit, Minnesota, Kansas City and Colorado of the NHL.

This is a classic looking jersey in the style and colors of the old Boston Bruins jerseys of the mid 70's to the mid 90's and is one of the few remaining schools to use a Native American nickname and imagery, while others such as Grand Rapids, Minneapolis Southwest and Burnsville have discontinued their use. The use of the Warriors name by Warroad High School is approved by the local Ojibwe band of Chippewa Indians who designed the logo used on the Warriors jerseys.

Due to the multiple years of service the jerseys often see, names on the back are seldom, if ever, worn on high school jerseys.

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Let's se if we can possibly capture the event, spirit and emotion of the tournament with today's video selections.

Here's some classic footage from 1984 with St. Paul Johnson defeating Hill-Murray showing the unique clear boards from the St. Paul Civic Center and everyone wearing Cooperalls!

Check out the explosion of joy as Hill-Murray captures the state title in 2008 over Edina.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

1990-91 Calgary Flames Theo Fleury Jersey

On this date in 1991, Theo Fleury accomplished something that had never been done in the 74 year history of the NHL.

Against the St. Louis Blues Fleury scored a goal with St. Louis on the powerplay 5:52 into the game. 24 seconds into the third period, Fleury struck again while Calgary was a man down.

And then it happened. History was made with 2:25 remaining in the game when Fleury completed his hat trick, again with Calgary killing off a penalty for the only shorthanded hat trick in the 74 year history of the NHL.

Calgary would win the game 8-4, powered by Fleury's four point night, as he also registered an assist in the game. The hat trick was the fourth of his career.

During the 1990-91 season, the Flames tallied 17 shorthanded goals, with Fleury accounting for seven of them. Flames players also had seven hat tricks, five of which belonged to Fleury.

In all, Fleury would score 51 goals and 53 assists for 104 points that season to lead the Flames in points and place 8th in NHL scoring. He also tied for the league lead with a +48 rating. He would also play in his first NHL All-Star Game in 1991, scoring a goal in the Campbell Conference victory.

Following the Flames elimination from the playoffs, Fleury competed for Canada in the World Championships in Finland, coming away with a silver medal. Prior to the start of the 1991-92 season, Fleury skated in the 1991 Canada Cup tournament as Canada came away with the gold medal.

Today's featured jersey is a 1990-91 Calgary Flames Theo Fleury jersey as worn on the road in St. Louis the night Fleury scored the only shorthanded hat trick in NHL history.

While his 1991 shorthanded hat trick was a remarkable feat, Fleury is best for his outrageous goal celebration that season after scoring an overtime goal in Game 6 of the Flames first round playoff series against the rival Edmonton Oilers.

Monday, March 8, 2010

1991-92 Dynamo Moscow Sergei Klimovich Jersey

Born on this date in 1974, Sergei Klimovich first played for Dynamo Moscow in 1991-92 as well as participating in the European Junior Championships for Russia.

Klimovich started his professional career with Dynamo Moscow

In the summer of 1992, Klimovich was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 41st overall in the NHL Entry Draft. The following season he became a full time member of Dynamo and also played in the 1993 World Junior Championships, scoring four points in seven games.

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Klimovich wearing the rare "Onion Dome" jersey style from the early days of the post-Soviet Russian National Team

After another season with Dynamo, Klimovich came to the United States, joining many Russians at the time seeking fame and fortune in the NHL. He played three full seasons with the Indianapolis Ice of the International Hockey League (IHL), scoring a high of 57 points in 1997-98. In addition, during the 1996-97 season Klimovich would play his one and only NHL game with two penalty minutes served but no points for the Blackhawks.

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Klimovich played three seasons for Indianapolis in the IHL

He would play for both the Las Vegas Thunder and Quebec Rafales, both of the IHL, and the Idaho Steelheads of the West Coast Hockey League in 1997-98 as his time in North America came to an end.

1998-99 Klimovich split time between first EC Graz in Austria and the Augsburg Panthers in Germany and remained with Augsburg for the 1999-00 season as well.

A return to Russia followed for 2000-01 when Kilmovich rejoined Dynamo Moscow. 2001-02 was split between Sibir Novosibirsk, then in the Russian second division, where he excelled with 63 points in 47 games. The remainder of the season saw him join Metallurg Magnitogorsk for 13 games in the top division.

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Klimovich returned to Dyanmo for the 2001-02 season

For the first time since his three seasons in Indianapolis, Klimovich found some stability, as he rejoined Sibir Novosibirsk, now in the top division of the Russian league, for three seasons from 2002-03 to 2004-05.

His career would wind down with a season spent with Spartak Moscow and a move to Metallurg Novokuznetsk, 3,000 kilometers east of Moscow in south central Russia for the 2006-07 season. After three seasons off the ice, Klimovich returned to action with HK Belgorod in the Russian third division and then 4 games with Donbass Donetsk in Ukraine, ending a 21 year hockey journey that took him from Idaho around the globe to central Asia.

While Klimovich only played in a single NHL contest, there are many other leagues in the world where one can make a living being a hockey player, and his long career proves that the NHL, while the elite league on the planet, is not the only one.

Today's featured jersey is a 1991-92 Dynamo Moscow Sergei Klimovich jersey and it's white color shows off the many battle scars this jersey accumulated on the ice. It also features the bold sponsorship of the Samsung electronics company, the first jersey sponsor of Dynamo.

This jersey has all graphics screen printed onto the light weight mesh, typical of Russian jerseys of the era.

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Bonus jersey: Today's bonus jersey is a 1993-94 Dynamo Moscow Sergei Klimovich jersey. This jersey was made by the Tackla company out of Finland. While Dynamo was still sponsored by Samsung, they had also now added sponsorship from Simod sportswear of Italy and Favorit Bank.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

1927-28 Ottawa Senators Cy Denneny Jersey

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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