Team Recap: 41st-seeded ’20-’21 Hamilton Tigers

41st-seeded '20-'21 Hamilton Tigers

41st-seeded ’20-’21 Hamilton Tigers

  • George Carey (RW)
    • 5 GP   2 G   0 A   2 P   -3   5 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ed Carpenter (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +3*   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Billy Coutu (D)
    • 5 GP   2 G   4 A   6 P   -7   11 S   0 GWG   17* PIM   0 Stars
  • Howard Lockhart (G)
    • 5 GP   5 GS   1-4-0   5.40 GAA   .908 SV%   0 SO   4 Stars
  • Joe Malone (C)
    • 5 GP   6* G   6 A   12* P   -2   50* S   0 GWG   0 PIM   6* Stars
  • Joe Matte (D)
    • 5 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -3   7 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Thomas McCarthy (RW)
    • 5 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -4   12 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Moylan McDonnell (D)
    • 5 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -5   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Fred McLean (D)
    • 2 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Goldie Prodgers (C)
    • 5 GP   3 G   8* A   11 P   -6   44 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Leo Reise (D)
    • 5 GP   3 G   4 A   7 P   +3*   21 S   1* GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Mickey Roach (C)
    • 5 GP   1 G   5 A   6 P   -1   11 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 1-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 19
  • Goals/Game: 3.80
  • Goals Allowed: 27
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 5.40
  • Shots: 168
  • Shots Allowed: 293
  • Shots/Game: 33.6
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 58.6 – 5th worst in tournament
  • # of PP’s: 7
  • PPG’s: 0
  • PP%: 0.0%
  • TSH: 8
  • PPGA: 3
  • PK%: 62.5% – T-5th worst in tournament
  • Penalties in minutes: 33

The ’20-’21 Hamilton Tigers were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut here in the 2nd Annual UNP. The ’21-’22 Tigers represented the extinct franchise in the inaugural tournament. The ’20-’21 Tigers didn’t fair much better, but did get the franchises first single game win in the UNP.

First Round:

Defeated by 24th-seeded ’99-’00 Florida Panthers, 4-1

In their inaugural season, the ’20-’21 Tigers finished a league worst 6-18-0 under head coach Percy Thompson. The NHL was comprised of only four teams back then and the season was split into halves. The team’s that finished atop of the table in the two halves would face each other for the O’Brien Cup, which would advance you to play for the Stanley Cup. The Tigers finished last (fourth) in goals (92, 3.83/game) and goals against (132, 5.50/game). Hockey Reference listed the Tigers’ schedule that season as the toughest among the four teams and, naturally, with everything said above, they finished with the worst SRS rating in the league at -1.25, which would be the lowest among Hamilton’s five seasons in the NHL.

Hamilton’s top scoring threat was Joe Malone and he didn’t join the team until their fifth game of the season. He still led them in goal scoring with 28 goals, in just 20 games, and overall scoring with 37 points. Goldie Prodgers was second in both goals and points with 18 and 27, respectively. There was a three-way tie for the team lead in assists at nine, including Malone and Prodgers. Joe Matte, who played both forward and defense, was the third player to contribute nine assists. Defenseman Billy Coutu added some really nasty play on the blueline as he posted 95 penalties in minutes while contributing 8 goals and four assists for 12 points. In goal, Howard Lockhart started all 24 games played for Hamilton and with the caliber of team in front of him, did not post good numbers. He posted a 5.45 goals against average, but did register one shutout during the season.

Up next are the 40th-seeded ’79-’80 Colorado Rockies!

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