Month: December 2016

Montreal Winter Carnival, 1887

In February 1887, the Montreal Winter Carnival returned for a fourth year after not being played the previous year. In addition to MAAA’s Montreal Hockey Club, other teams that competed was McGill University, Montreal Crystals, and Montreal Victorias. The four-team tournament took place at the Crystals hockey rink.

In February, the Montreal teams of the newly formed AHAC (Amateur Hockey Association of Canada) participated in the Montreal Winter Carnival hockey tournament. The tournament, which was scheduled to play outdoors on an ice rink at the Ice Palace, was disrupted by two days of storms, and was not completed until February 25. During this time, no AHAC challenges were played.

The 1887 tournament (played from February 21 to February 25) saw The Montreal Hockey Club win the challenge Tournament.

Championships to 1887 Montreal Winter Carnival Tournament
Team # of MWC Championships MWC Championship Points
Montreal Hockey Club 3 (1885-87) 8 (+3)
Montreal Victorias 1 (1884) 4
McGill University 1 (1883) 2

Starting in 1883 with only three teams playing three games over two days, the humble beginnings of the MWC Hockey Tournament lead to the creation of the first persistent league. Four Montreal-based teams plus one team from Ottawa played in the MWC and also formed the AHAC in 1887. It is because of this direct linkage the MWC Hockey Tournament is considered to be the direct predecessor to the AHAC for historical and statistical purposes.

Montreal Winter Carnival, 1888 (Cancelled)

In 1888, the first ever hockey tournament that debuted at the 1883 Montreal Winter Carnival was cancelled. The teams that normally participated in this tournament undertook a brave experiment by playing a balanced schedule in the new ice hockey league known as the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC).

1888 saw no Carnival Cup winner.

 

Championships to 1887 Montreal Winter Carnival Tournament
Team # of MWC Championships MWC Championship Points
Montreal Hockey Club 3 (1885-87) 8
Montreal Victorias 1 (1884) 4
McGill University 1 (1883) 2

 

In the previous year, the 1887 MWC Tournament was played partway through the AHAC season so teams participated in both league and tournament action. 1888 saw all AHAC teams play a balanced league schedule for the first time ever. The full schedule ended up leaving no time for the teams to play in the MWC Tournament.

Starting in 1883 with only three teams playing three games over two days, the humble beginnings of the MWC Hockey Tournament lead to the creation of the first persistent league. Four Montreal-based teams plus one team from Ottawa played in the MWC and also formed the AHAC in 1887. It is because of this direct linkage the MWC Hockey Tournament is considered to be the direct predecessor to the AHAC for historical and statistical purposes.

Montreal Winter Carnival, 1889

In February 1889, the Montreal Winter Carnival returned for its sixth and final year after not being played the previous year. In addition to MAAA’s Montreal Hockey Club, other teams that competed was McGill University, Montreal Crystals, and Montreal Victorias. The four-team tournament took place at the Victoria hockey rink. The 1889 Montreal Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament would be its last but featured the first game of ice hockey witnessed by Lord Stanley, Governor General of Canada, who would later donate the Stanley Cup in 1893

The 1889 tournament (played from February 4 to February 18) saw The Montreal Victorias win the challenge Tournament.

 

IceHockeyLeagues.com Higher-League (MWC) Championship Points span to 1883-89
Team # of MWC Championships MWC Championship Points
Montreal Hockey Club 3 (1885-87) 8
Montreal Victorias 2 (1884,89) 7 (+3)
McGill University 1 (1883) 2

 

Starting in 1883 with only three teams playing three games over two days, the humble beginnings of the MWC Hockey Tournament lead to the creation of the first persistent league. Four Montreal-based teams plus one team from Ottawa played in the MWC and also formed the AHAC in 1887. It is because of this direct linkage the MWC Hockey Tournament is considered to be the direct predecessor to the AHAC for historical and statistical purposes.