Montreal Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament in 1885


In 1883, the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (MAAA) and McGill University were both asked to participate in the Montreal Winter Carnival by organizing for the first time ever an ice hockey tournament. The MAAA did not field a team, but McGill University fielded its own team, and two more teams were invited to play in a three-team tournament. This was the humble beginning of the Montreal Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament (MWCHT).

Montreal Winter Carnival ‘Logo’

The third Montreal Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament (MWCHT) was held from January 27 to January 31 . The Montreal Victorias, McGill University, Quebec Hockey Club, Ottawa Hockey Club, and the Montreal Hockey Club contested for a Tournament trophy called the Carnival Cup. This third MWCHT expanded in scope from the the first years with the mighty Montreal Hockey Club joining. This modest start became the beginning of the hockey league lineage that stretches to the modern day!

The MWCHT would play almost every year starting in 1883 until 1889 when its member teams decided it was better to focus play on the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) which it created in 1887.

Season Length

January 27 to 31, 1885

Season Champion

Montreal Hockey Club

# of Teams


Season Standings (Overall Champion Challenge Record)

Season Playoffs

There were no championship playoffs as the Champion Challenge system was being used. A team would hold the title of Champion until it was defeated by a Challenger as was done in Boxing. The team holding the title at the end of the season would be declared the overall Champion.

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