A rule designed to hype hockey offenses was introduced in 1928, but instead it became the year of the goalie around the NHL. The new rule allowed forward passing in all three zones. There was still no red line in the game and the ice was divided by only two blue lines. Among the netminders who starred that year were George Hainsworth who recorded 22 shutouts in 44 games. The tiny 150-pounder allowed a mere 43 goals, posting an incredible 0.98 average.
With the departure of Cy Denneny to Boston and Punch Broadbent to the Americans, the Senators were led by Frank Finnigan and King Clancy. Although the Senators were putting up a fair brand of hockey, the attendance kept on dropping. Only 3,000 turned out to see them defeat Chicago on December 6. Interest continued to fluctuate and rumors appeared in the press that the Ottawa franchise would be transferred. This was stoutly denied by president Frank Ahearn but a little later he admitted the franchise was for sale to the highest bidder. The Senators finished 4th in the Canadian division with 14 wins in 44 games.
Francis Michael (King) Clancy
Clancy, who was born on February 25, 1903, was one of the most refreshing athletes ever to play in the NHL. Clancy signed to play professionally at the age of 18 with the Ottawa Senators. In 1930, he was the key figure in what has since been called "the best deal in hockey" when the Leafs' Conn Symthe paid the unheard sum of $35,000 and gave up two players to acquire Clancy from Ottawa. A year later Clancy led the Leafs to the Stanley Cup. He died November 8, 1986, in Toronto.