Team Recap: 42nd-seeded ’25-’26 Pittsburgh Pirates

The 42nd-seeded '25-'26 Pittsburgh Pirates

The 42nd-seeded ’25-’26 Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Louis Berlinguette (LW)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -2   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Odie Cleghorn (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -7   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Lionel Conacher (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   3* A   3* P   -15   6 S   0 GWG   8* PIM   0 Stars
  • Baldy Cotton (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -1*   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Harold Darragh (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -6   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Herb Drury (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -8   4 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Fred Lowrey (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -3   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Duke McCurry (LW)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -12   21 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Hib Milks (LW)
    • 4 GP   2* G   0 A   2 P   -15   23* S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rodger Smith (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -9   9 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jesse Spring (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -4   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Tex White (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -8   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Roy Worters (G)
    • 4 GP   4 GS   0-4-0   6.00 GAA   .858 SV%   0 SO   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 0-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 5
  • Goals/Game: 1.25 – Tied for lowest in tournament
  • Goals Allowed: 24
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 6.00 – Tied for 2nd-highest in tournament
  • Shots: 82
  • Shots Allowed: 169
  • Shots/Game: 20.5 – Lowest in tournament
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 42.3
  • # of PP’s: 9
  • PPG’s: 1
  • PP%: 11.1%
  • TSH: 6
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 66.7%
  • Penalties in minutes: 14

The ’25-’26 season was the inaugural season of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and yes they were named after the baseball franchise. The Pirates lasted five years before it moved to Philadelphia and became the Quakers. Much like the rest of the teams in the tournament that are pre-Original Six, expectations were very low. The ’25-’26 Pirates have represented the extinct Pittsburgh franchise in both Ultimate NHL Playoffs.

First Round:

Swept by 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres, 4-0

Under the direction of player/manager Odie Cleghorn, the ’25-’26 Pirates finished the regular season with a record of 19-16-1, which was good for 36 points and 3rd in the league. Pittsburgh finished fourth out of seven teams in goals for with 82 (2.28/game) and second in goals against with 70 (1.94/game). Hockey Reference ranked the Pirates’ strength of schedule as the fifth toughest in the league, and their SRS rating system had the Rockies ranked as the third best team in the league. The ’25-’26 Pirates’ SRS rating (0.29) is the highest during their time in Pittsburgh. The playoff format at the time was whoever finished 1st in the league after the regular season automatically clinched a spot in the Final. The two teams who finished second and third play each other in the Semifinal. The Pirates faced off against the Montreal Maroons in the Semifinal and lost in the single-game elimination by a score of 6-4. The Maroons went on to win the Cup.

This team featured two Hall of Famers in defenseman Lionel Conacher and goaltender Roy Worters. Conacher appeared in 33 of the team’s 36 games and posted nine goals and four assists for 13 points to along with his 64 penalties in minutes. Worters was the starter in goal for the Pirates in all but one of their games. He posted a 1.90 goals against average and seven shutouts. Winger Hib Milks led the team in points with 19 and fellow wingers Duke McCurry and Harold Darragh were tied for second with 17 points. Milks also posted a team-high 14 goals. McCurry was second with 13 and Darragh was third with 10, but Darragh posted a team-high seven assists. Milks was second in assists with five and McCurry was tied with Conacher for third with four.

Up next are the 41st-seeded ’20-’21 Hamilton Tigers!

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