Category: Early Hockey

Hockey’s Exhibition – Prequel to the Montreal Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament

As written earlier, Ice Hockey got its organized start through Montreal’s Winter Carnival Hockey Tournament, where the top organized clubs competed with each other. There are records that show that these top clubs playing against each other in an informal exhibition series of games from 1875 to 1882.

March 3, 1975 is the first recorded Ice Hockey Game played at the Victoria’s indoor rink between a split Montreal Victorias club. It is listed for posterity but the rest of the games┬álisted below focus on the top marquee clubs such as the Montreal Hockey Club, Montreal Victorias, McGill University, and the Quebec Hockey Club.

Year Date Team A Score A Team B Score B
1875 03-Mar Montreal Victorias A 2 Montreal Victorias B 1
16-Mar Montreal Victorias 5 Montreal Football Club 2
1876 05-Feb Montreal Victorias 1 Montreal Hockey Club 1
29-Mar Montreal Football Club 6 McGill University 0
1877 01-Feb Montreal Victorias 3 Montreal Hockey Club 1
15-Feb McGill University 2 Montreal Hockey Club 1
19-Feb Montreal Hockey Club 1 McGill University 0
1878 05-Feb McGill University 2 Montreal Hockey Club 0
1879 06-Mar Montreal Hockey Club 2 McGill University 0
1880 no games played no games played
1881 22-Jan Quebec Hockey Club 2 Montreal Hockey Club 0
05-Feb Montreal Hockey Club 4 Quebec Hockey Club 1
1882 20-Jan McGill University 0 Quebec Hockey Club 0
21-Jan Montreal Victorias 0 Quebec Hockey Club 0
16-Feb Quebec Hockey Club 2 Montreal Victorias 0

The exhibition games end up having an affect on the Montreal Winter Carnival as the three teams that participated in the first ever tournament played each other in a 1882 precursor exhibition series.

While no official seasonal champion can be declared, the standings of the five teams that played between 1875 and 1882 are as follows:

Team GP W L T GF GA Seasons
Montreal Hockey Club 8 3 4 1 9 11 1876-79, 81
Montreal Victorias 5 2 1 2 9 6 1875-77, 82
Quebec Hockey Club 5 2 1 2 5 4 1881-82
McGill University 4 1 2 1 4 10 1876-79, 82
Montreal Football Club 2 1 1 0 8 5 1875-76