The Depression continued to wreak havoc on the economics of the NAHC. The league announced that it was setting a salary cap of $65,000 per club and that no player could be paid more than $7,000. The belt-tightening didn't help all that much: the Ottawa Athletics, who had sat out a season trying to get their financial woes straightened out, found themselves deep in the red again. They'd end up having to fold at the end of the season, dropping the league to eight clubs. Meanwhile, the Quebec Champlains were also suffering from a lack of fan support (their last-place finish wouldn't help them there) and at the end of the season, owner John Connolly Jr announced he was moving the team to Detroit, whose former team had folded two years earlier for similar financial reasons.

With the new salary cap in place, the Valiants were forced to deal one of the team's most beloved (and talented) players as Harvey McLeod was dealt to the Packers. McLeod wasn't much help on a bad Chicago club (5 g, 17a) and the Valiants sent goalie Dutch Lenz along with McLeod. Lenz was "thrown in" by Montreal at Chicago's request. Their goalie Otis Pershall had suffered a fractured skull in an off-season auto accident and retired to his farm in rural Ontario. The Valiants received Elmer Morey from the Packers and promptly sent him along to the New York Shamrocks, again drawing the ire of their fanbase. The Valiants went on to finish fourth - in the same spot they had in 1933-34 - and though management claimed this showed they didn't need McLeod (or Lenz, or Morey), the fans weren't buying it.

Meanwhile the Toronto Dukes, coming off one of the most dominant seasons in hockey history entered the 1934-35 campaign as heavy favorites to once again hoist the Challenge Cup. The club still had Leo Morey, now considered the best all-around player in the NAHC. In fact, the roster was largely the same as General Manager Charles Tattler was smart enough to not mess with a good thing. In true Depression-era fashion, Tattler sold two players off the '34 champs (Bill Hammond and Bob Alexander) and promoted a couple of minor leaguers to take their places. When that didn't quite fulfill the bill, he added fading vet Fred Byers from Ottawa, a proven player who would prove to be handy for the playoff run.

The Dukes didn't quite live up to the lofty standard they had set the previous season and finished just one point ahead of their new rivals in Montreal - not the Valiants, but the Nationals. Ottawa, in the franchise's swansong, finished third in front of an increasingly disinterested fan base. The aforementioned Valiants and Champlains finished fourth and fifth respectively, with Quebec being particularly dismal (9-26-13). 

The American Division was won by the New York Shamrocks put together a strong season and pushed past their rivals to capture the division with a league-best 29-14-5 record. The Eagles' 56 point season was good for second place while neither the Bees (41 pts) nor Packers (38 pts) were particularly competitive. 

Toronto's Leo Morey once again led the league in goals with 29 (five ahead of the Eagles' Hal Granquist) and tied Hank Lawrence of the Nationals with 45 points. A thin season for Quebec was redeemed a bit by the performances of assist-leader Johnny Arthur who posted 34 helpers (and 43 points) and Sam Koger who finished with 40 points, good for sixth in the league. Buck Bernier of the Eagles scored 12 goals and 30 assists for a 42-point season (tied for fourth) while also claiming the Yeadon Trophy for "gentlemanly play" for the fifth time. The McDaniels Trophy went to Leo Morey while the Juneau Trophy for top netminder went to the Shamrocks Sam Jordan who led the league in both wins and GAA.

The playoffs pitted the Bees with the Athletics in the third-place series and the Eagles with the Nats in the second-place tilt. Both the Bees and Nationals won both the first round games, although the series were still decided on total goals. The Nationals then went on to handle the Bees two games to one to reach the Challenge Cup Finals for the second straight season. Their opponent was determined by a series between the defending champion Toronto Dukes and the league's best-record season team in the New York Shamrocks. With most expecting at the very least an epic showdown between these two talented clubs, the Dukes won in three straight.

The Finals was another hard-fought series between two teams that didn't like each other much. In the first game at Toronto, the Dukes won a hard-hitting game by a 3-2 score. The Nationals came back to take the second game, also in Toronto, by a 3-1 score. When the scene shifted to Montreal, the teams split again, with both games decided by 4-1 scores - game three won by the Dukes and game four by the Nats. The final showdown in Toronto went to the Dukes by a 5-3 final.


North American Hockey Confederation Standings 1934-35

American Division GP W L T PTS GF GA   Canadian Division GP W L T PTS GF GA
New York Shamrocks 48 29 14 5 66 122 83   Toronto Dukes 48 24 18 6 58 123 114
New York Eagles 48 22 17 9 56 129 109   Montreal Nationals 48 24 16 8 57 124 108
Boston Bees 48 16 23 9 41 80 104   Ottawa Athletics 48 21 20 7 49 90 85
Chicago Packers 48 15 25 8 38 79 95   Montreal Valiants 48 20 21 7 47 97 110
                  Quebec Champlains 48 9 26 13 36 100 136


Bees v Athletics Bees win 2-0-0, 4 goals to 1 
Eagles v Nationals Nationals win 2-0-0, 4 goals to 2
Shamrocks v Dukes  Toronto wins 3 games to none
Bees v Nationals Nationals win 2 games to 1
Challenge Cup Finals
Dukes v Nationals  Dukes win 3 games to 2



Player Goals   Player Assists   Player Points  
Leo Morey, TOR 29   Johnny Arthur, QUE 34   Hank Lawrence, NAT  45   
Hal Granquist, NYE  24   Buck Bernier, NYE  30   Leo Morey, TOR 45   
Archie Watts, NYS  20   Hank Lawrence, NAT  28   Johnny Arthur, QUE 43   
Andre St. Laurent, NYE  20   Roger McIlwaine, NAT  26   Buck Bernier, NYE 42   
Chauncey Guerard, NAT  19   Bert Cordier, NAT 24   Roger McIlwaine, NAT 42   
Alex Stagner, VAL  18   Harris Tardy, NAT  23   Sam Koger, QUE 40   
Sam Koger, QUE  18   Sam Koger, QUE  22   Bert Cordier, NAT 37   
Four Player Tied 17   Gant Wanless, NYS  22   Harris Tardy, NAT 35   
      Bernie St. Laurent, NYE  20   Henry Lowery, NYS  35   
       Two Players Tied 19   Chauncey Guerard, NAT  35   



Player GP W L T ShO GAA
Sam Jordan, NYS 48 29  14 5 14 1.71
Cal Henery, OTT 48 21  20 7 13 1.75
Dutch Lenz, CHI  48 15 25  1.95 
Newt McCotter, NAT  25 15  1.95 
George Dinsmore, NYE  37 19  1.96 



Masters Trophy - Leo Morey, TOR

Yeadon Trophy - Buck Bernier, NYE

Juneau Trophy - Sam Jordan, NYS