Champion Toronto St. Patricks
Start date March 17, 1922
|Location(s) Toronto, ON: Arena Gardens (1–5)|
Coaches Toronto: George O'Donoghue Vancouver: Frank Patrick
Similar 1918 Stanley Cup Finals, 1920 Stanley Cup Finals, 1919 Stanley Cup Finals, 1917 Stanley Cup Finals, 1964 Stanley Cup Finals
The 1922 Stanley Cup Final was contested by the National Hockey League (NHL) champion Toronto St. Pats and the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champion Vancouver Millionaires. The St. Pats defeated Vancouver three games to two in the best-of-five game series to win their only Stanley Cup as the St. Pats.
This was the last Stanley Cup Final contested by a team from Vancouver until 1982. All games were held at Arena Gardens in Toronto.
Paths to the Final
Vancouver finished second overall in the 1921–22 PCHA regular season standings with a 12–12 record. However, they then went on to defeat the 12–11–1 first place Seattle Metropolitans in the PCHA championship series, winning both games by 1–0.
Meanwhile, the 1921–22 NHL season was capped with the 13–10–1 second place St. Patricks defeating the 14–8–2 first place Ottawa Senators, 5 goals to 4, in the two-game total goals NHL championship series.
After defeating the WCHL's Regina Capitals in the preliminary series, the PCHA's Vancouver Millionaires travelled to Toronto for the Final.
A fifth and deciding game five was necessary in this series to determine who would win the Cup. After Vancouver won game one, 4–3, Babe Dye scored 4:50 into overtime of game two to give Toronto a 2–1 win. Then in game three, goaltender Hugh Lehman led the Millionaires to a 3–0 shutout win. In this game, star defenseman Harry Cameron suffered a separated shoulder and Toronto asked Frank Patrick for the use of Ottawa defenseman Eddie Gerard and Patrick permitted it. The St. Patricks tied the series in game four, 6–0, as John Ross Roach became the first rookie goaltender to record a Stanley Cup shutout. After this game, Patrick ruled Gerard ineligible. Game five belonged to Toronto as Dye scored 4 goals in a 5–1 victory to clinch the Cup.
For the series, Dye scored 9 out of the St. Pats 16 goals, while Roach posted a 1.80 goals-against average.
† borrowed for one game from Ottawa
&-missing from the team picture.
@- included on the team picture, but never played in the NHL.
Stanley Cup engraving
For reasons unknown, the St. Pats did not engrave their name on the Cup for their 1922 championship. It was not until the trophy was redesigned in 1948 that the words "1922 Toronto St. Pats" was put onto its then-new collar in 1948. George O'Donoghue was 2nd NHL rookie coach to win the Stanley Cup