The National Hockey League became an international league in November 1924 when a franchise was granted to the city of Boston while Montreal was getting a second team that would eventually be known as the Maroons. The Senators signed some new players, including Alex Connell, a brilliant goaltender who wasted no time setting an NHL record with seven shutouts, Reginald "Hooley" Smith of the Canadian Olympic Team, and Ed Gorman. Meanwhile, goalie Clint Benedict and scoring ace Punch Broadbent became members of the Maroons.
The schedule had now been increased to 30 games and a new playoff system gave the first place team a bye while the second and third-place teams played off to determine who should meet the league champions. This system was partly responsible for sparking one of the most unusual happenings in hockey - a players' strike.
John Proctor (Jack) Darragh
Darragh was another fine hockey player from the city of Ottawa. Born on December 4, 1890, he became a master mechanic of the game. In 1911, he joined the Ottawa Senators who immediately won the Stanley Cup. He also won the Cup in 1920, 1921 and 1923. A fine scorer, he had 24 goals in the 22-game schedule of 1919-20 and a total of 195 in his pro career. He died suddenly on June 25, 1924, in Ottawa.