On This Date 12/19/1917
The NHL begins its inaugural season with the league’s four teams paired off in two games. At the Montreal Arena, the Montreal Wanderers beat the Toronto franchise unofficially called the Arenas 10-9. Meanwhile, in Ottawa at Dey’s Arena, the Montreal Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 7-4. The NHL’s first season was rocky as the Wanderers’ season ended after six games due to a fire leaving the league to finish with three teams.