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Club History - 1916

Fred Taylor was rumoured to be transferred from Vancouver to Ottawa by the Department of Immigration, but that did not materialize. Instead, the Senators landed the biggest prize when Frank Nighbor signed with Ottawa. The addition of the "Flying Dutchman" filled the gap in the Senators' forward line caused by the loss of Harry Broadbent who had gone overseas to war. George Boucher broke in as a forward, while Gordon Meeking and Ernie Stavenau replaced Leth Graham and Ed Lowrey. Harry Westwick and Billy Gilmour were two surprise starters with the Senators making brief appearances in comeback roles.

The Canadiens clinched the championship when they defeated Ottawa 4-1 on March 11. The Senators ended up in second position, four points behind the Habs who went on to defeat the Portland Rosebuds and win the first of 24 Stanley Cups. Ottawa's Clint Benedict led the league with a 3.0 goals-against-average.


Frank Nighbor

The man they called the Pembroke Peach was a slick 160-pound package of stickhandling ability. A Senator from 1915 to 1929, Frank Nighbor was one of the game's great exponents of the poke check. He was shifty and always ready with a lightning thrust of his oversize stick. His first Stanley Cup triumph came with the Vancouver Millionaires over Ottawa in the 1915 final. He won the Holy Grail four more times with the Senators and was also the initial recipient of the Hart trophy, as the league's MVP, in 1924, and the Lady Byng Trophy in 1925 and 1926. He died in Pembroke on April 13, 1966.


1916 STATS

Canadiens 16 7 1 104 76
Ottawa 13 11 0 78 72
Quebec 10 12 2 91 98
Wanderers 10 14 0 90 116
Toronto 9 14 1 97 98
NAME GP G      
Nighbor, Frank 23 19      
Darragh, Jack 21 16      
Gerard, Eddie 23 13      
Boucher, George 19 9      
Ross, Art 21 8      
Duford, Angus 19 5      
Merrill, Horace 24 4      
Shore, Hamby 19 2      
Stavenau, Ernie 19 1      
Gilmour, Billy 2 1      
Meeking, Gordon 5 0      
Westwick, Harry 3 0      
Benedict, Clint 24 72 1 3.00