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First Game Played: November 26, 1925
Last Game Played: March 21, 1931
Hiatus 1931-1936 Ceased Opperations in 1936
Pittsburgh Pirates 1925/26-1929/30
Philadelphia Quakers 1930/31
After playing as the Yellowjackets in the United States Amateur Hockey Association, ownership wanted a higher profile name so he changed the name to Pirates upon realizing the similar colors they had to Pittsburgh's baseball team. Upon shifting to Philadelphia the team became the Quakers.
A yellow rectangle with a black slanted P and 2 black stripes.
A script Quakers written in a slant with the s forming the base.
Pirates: Black and Yellow; Quakers: Orange and Black
Odie Cleghorne 1925/26-1928/29
Frank Fredrickson 1929/30
Cooper Smeaton 1930/31
Duquense Gardens 1925/26-1929/30
Philadelphia Arena 1930/31
Stanley Cup Champions:
Stanley Cup Finals:
Playoff Appearences: (2)
Hall of Famers: (5)
Lionel Conacher D 1925/26-1926/27
Frank Fredrickson C 1928/29-1929/30
Syd Howe LW 1930/31
Mickey MacKay C 1928/29
Roy Worters G 1925/26-1927/28
Lionel Conacher 1925/26
Harold Cotton 1926/27-1928/29
Gerry Lowrey 1929/30-1930/31
Vezina Trophy (Best Goalie):
Hart Trophy (NHL MVP):
Best Season: 1927/28 (19-17-8, 46 pts)
Worst Season: 1930/31 (4-36-4, 12 pts)
1925/26: The Pittsburgh Pirates one of 2 new American teams to join the NHL a year after the Boston Bruins became the first American based NHL team. The Pirates roots go back to 1915 when they were the Amateur Pittsburgh Yellowjackets. The Yellowjackets played in the USAHA (United States Amateur Hockey Association.) After winning the USAHA Championship in 1924 and 1925 the Yellowjackets are sold to attorney James F. Callahan who wanted to get the team into a professional league. The NHL would grant the renamed Pirates "semi-expansion" status their first season. On November 26th the Pirates, who had 10 former Yellowjackets on their roster beat the Boston Bruins on the road in their very first game. Two nights late the Pirates would stun the Canadiens in Montreal 1-0 in what would end up being legendary Habs goalie George Vezina's final game. The Pirates, who were the first team to change players on the fly would go on to finish in 3rd place with a record of 19-16-1. In the playoffs the Pirates would be beaten by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Maroons.
1926/27: As the NHL got sole possession of the Stanley Cup the NHL adds 3 more American franchises and sets up a American Division. In their 2nd season the Pirates would struggle missing the playoffs with a record of 15-26-3. The highlight of the season came on December 26th when the Pirates and New York Americans combined for a single game record 141 shots. The Americans would win 3-1 as the Pirates made 68 of the history making total.
1927/28: In their 3rd season the Pirates made it back into the playoffs by finishing in 3rd place with a record of 19-17-8. However, in the playoffs the Pirates would be beaten by the New York Rangers in a total goal series 6-4. As their 4-2 win in Game 2 could not overcome a 4-0 white washing that they suffered in Game 1. Following the season the Pirates who were facing a financial crunch were forced to sell off several off their top players. The team itself would also be sold as an ownership group which included Benny Leonard, a fight promoter and ex-lightweight boxing champion purchased the team.
1928/29: Under new management the Pirates struggled finishing in 4th place with a woeful record of 9-27-6.
1929/30: Hit hard by the October stock market crash, the Pirates who were now wearing Orange and Black uniforms would win just 5 games on the season as they finished in last place with a league worst 5-36-3. With the Steel industry struggling the Pirates owners were $400,000 in debt as they sought permission to move to Philadelphia with the intent of returning to Pittsburgh when a new arena was built.
1930/31: Playing in Philadelphia the team changes its name to the Philadelphia Quakers amid promises an arena would built in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh that would rival New York's Madison Square Garden. With former referee Cooper Smeaton as their coach the Quakers were made up of a bunch of toughs that preferred to fight rather then play. The ugliest incident involving the Quakers came on Christmas Day when police had to come onto the ice and break up a fight they were having with the Boston Bruins. The Quakers goon squad would put together one of the worst season in NHL history as they won just 4 game son the way to finishing in last place with a horrible 4-36-4 record.
1931-1936: Cash strapped, the Quakers would receive permission from the NHL to temporally cease operations as they sought a permanent arena in either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. The franchise had hoped that they would be able to return to the ice after just one season. However, they would also have to sit out the next 4 seasons, as The Great Depression was taking a toll on the entire league. Getting permission form the NHL Board of Governors to stay on the sidelines at the start of each season. On May 7, 1936 after 5 seasons on hiatus the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia franchise would officially fold, as hopes for a new arena in ether Philadelphia or Pittsburgh were gone.
1936-1967: The Great Depression would devastate the NHL as 4 teams were forced to fold leaving behind just 6 teams. The NHL would play with 6 teams for 25 years before deciding to expand in 1967. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia would each get a franchisee of their owns as the NHL added 6 teams.