The 1910-11 season was another successful year as it brought yet another Stanley Cup to Ottawa. The league also made important changes to the rules abandoning the two 30-minute periods in favour of three periods of 20 minutes each, with ten-minute rest intervals. It was also agreed that the maximum total salaries to be paid by any club to its players would not exceed $5,000. The Senators announced that it would use eight players and pay each according to his ability. Players were not impressed by the league's proposed measures and on December 6th issued an ultimatum to the clubs to accept the players' terms (not disclosed) or a new league would be formed.
On the ice, the Senators, with 19-year old rookie Jack Darragh, did well winning 13 of 16 games and leading the league with 122 goals scored. The Senators were challenged by Galt (7-4 win) and Port Arthur (13-4) but neither team provided much opposition to the mighty Ottawa team that captured the cup. Marty Walsh scored ten goals in the last game against Port Arthur.
Thomas James (Tommy) Smith
Tommy Smith was born September 27, 1885, in Ottawa, one of 13 children. Five of the seven boys in his family, including brother Hall of Famer Alf Smith, became proficient hockey players. Tommy was known as a little bulldog of a player at 5'4" and 150 lbs. In 1906, playing with the Ottawa Vics, he led the F.A.H.L. in scoring. Smith was a leading scorer in his league five times and scored nine goals in a game twice, in 1909 and 1914, and had 8 in a game in 1906. He died August 1, 1966.
|* Scored 6 goals vs Renfrew
+ Scored 5 goals vs Wanderers