Sport was booming and the NHL was about to make itself a solid part of the scene that included baseball's Babe Ruth, tennis' Bill Tilden, football's Red Grange, boxing's Jack Dempsey and Golf's Bobby Jones. Next to Canada's Centennial year, when teams from six U.S. cities joined the NHL, 1926 was the biggest single year in the expansion of the thriving league. New York (Rangers), Detroit and Chicago all joined in. The 10-team league was split into two divisions, the American and the Canadian, and the schedule was increased to 44 games.
With the demise of the Western Hockey League, the Stanley Cup came under the exclusive control of the NHL. The Senators led their division with 30 wins and made their last appearance in a Cup series, in the first time that two NHL teams faced off in a decisive match.
The Ottawa-Boston clash was a memorable series. The first and third games resulted in draws while the Sens captured the second game. When Ottawa won the fourth game 3-1, it also took the Cup because NHL President Frank Calder had ruled earlier that the series would be terminated in four games.
Harry L. (Punch) Broadbent
After 74 years, the NHL record for scoring in consecutive games still belongs to Punch Broadbent, who scored in 16 straight games in 1921-22. An artist with the puck and his elbows, Broadbent once led the NHL in scoring and penalty minutes. He was called up to play pro hockey when he was only 16 and later joined the Senators in 1912-13. In 1915 he left to serve with the Canadian Armed Forces in World War I where he was awarded the Military Medal. A four-time Stanley Cup winner, Broadbent died on March 6, 1971.