Category: Early Hockey

Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, 1902

Edited from Wikipedia entry:

Lord Stanley of Preston as Governor General of Canada became highly enthusiastic about ice hockey. Stanley was first exposed to the game at Montreal’s 1889 Winter Carnival, where he saw the Montreal Victorias play the Montreal Hockey Club.

Stanley’s entire family became active in ice hockey. Two of his sons, Arthur and Algernon, formed a new team called the Ottawa Rideau Hall Rebels. Arthur also played a key role in the formation of what later became known as the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), and would go on to be the founder of ice hockey in Great Britain.

Arthur and Algernon persuaded their father to donate a trophy to be “an outward and visible sign of the hockey championship”. Stanley sent the following message to the victory celebration for the three-time OHA champion Ottawa Hockey Club:

“I have for some time been thinking that it would be a good thing if there were a challenge cup which should be held from year to year by the champion hockey team in the Dominion [of Canada].

There does not appear to be any such outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the general interest which matches now elicit, and the importance of having the game played fairly and under rules generally recognized, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held from year to year by the winning team.

I am not quite certain that the present regulations governing the arrangement of matches give entire satisfaction, and it would be worth considering whether they could not be arranged so that each team would play once at home and once at the place where their opponents hail from.”

The Winnipeg Victorias of the Manitoba Hockey Association (MHA) was the initial Cup champions, and were issued a Cup challenge by the Montreal Hockey Club, the regular season champions of the CAHL in 1902. The results of these matches was:

March 13, 1902 – Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) 1-0 over Montreal Hockey Club (CAHL) in Winnipeg.

March 15, 1902 – Montreal Hockey Club (CAHL) 5-0 over Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) in Winnipeg.

March 17, 1902 – Montreal Hockey Club (CAHL) 2-1 over Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) in Winnipeg.

 

Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup to December 31, 1902
Team Start End Challengers # of days total days
Montreal Victorias (AHAC) 1,075
Montreal Hockey Club (AHAC/CAHL) March 17, 1902 December 31, 1902 CAHL win; Defeated MHA 290 1,010
Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) January 1, 1902 March 16, 1902 MHA win; Defeated by CAHL 75 730
Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) 700

There are actually three Stanley Cups in existence:
1) Stanley’s original Cup from 1892, known as the “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup” was awarded until 1970, and is now on display in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
2) In 1963, NHL president Clarence Campbell believed that the original Cup had become too brittle to give to championship teams, so the “Presentation Cup” was created and is the well-known trophy awarded today.
3) The final Cup is a “Replica Presentation Cup”, which was created in 1993 by Montreal silversmith Louise St. Jacques and is used as a stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup isn’t available.

Unlike other major league sports trophies, a new Cup isn’t made every year. Instead, after each championship, the names of the players, coaches, management, and staff of the winning team are added to the Cup. The first team to have its roster engraved was the 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers, whose names were etched within the inner bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. The only other team names engraved on the inner bowl are the 1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires.

Canadian Amateur Hockey League, 1903

In 1903, the Canadian Amateur Hockey League played its fifth season, having replaced the AHAC as the premier hockey league in 1899. This was created following a conflict within the AHAC, leading for the first Hockey Schism.

The CAHL was started by the top division teams from the AHAC, . The Montreal Hockey Club, Montreal Shamrocks, Montreal Victorias, Quebec Hockey Club, and the Ottawa Hockey Club participated in a balanced, round-robin league schedule.

The fifth season played in 1903 (played from January 3 to February 28) saw The Ottawa Hockey Club (also known as the Silver Seven) win the Championship. following a two game, total-goals play off with the Montreal Victorias.

1903 was the eleventh year that the Dominion Challenge Cup was awarded. The Montreal Hockey Club (1902’s CAHL champion) issued a cup challenge against the Winnipeg Victorias of the Manitoba Hockey Association, and successfully defeated them in a best of three challenge series. It was during 1903 regular season play that the Montreal Hockey Club was usurped by the Ottawa Hockey Club who became the new Cup champions.

IceHockeyLeagues.com Premier-League Championship Points span to 1883-1903
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
Montreal Hockey Club 10 (1885-86, 88-94, 1902) 34
Montreal Victorias 5 (1884, 95-98) 20
Montreal Shamrocks 2 (1899-1900) 8
Ottawa Hockey Club 2 (1901, 03) 8 (+4)
Montreal Crystals 1 (1887) 4
McGill University 1 (1883) 2

The CAHL was the second premier Ice Hockey league, formed by four Quebec-based teams plus Ottawa. These five teams all played in the MWC Tournament and AHAC so that tournament and league are the direct predecessors to the CAHL for historical and statistical purposes.

Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, 1903

Edited from Wikipedia entry:

Lord Stanley of Preston as Governor General of Canada became highly enthusiastic about ice hockey. Stanley was first exposed to the game at Montreal’s 1889 Winter Carnival, where he saw the Montreal Victorias play the Montreal Hockey Club.

Stanley’s entire family became active in ice hockey. Two of his sons, Arthur and Algernon, formed a new team called the Ottawa Rideau Hall Rebels. Arthur also played a key role in the formation of what later became known as the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), and would go on to be the founder of ice hockey in Great Britain.

Arthur and Algernon persuaded their father to donate a trophy to be “an outward and visible sign of the hockey championship”. Stanley sent the following message to the victory celebration for the three-time OHA champion Ottawa Hockey Club:

“I have for some time been thinking that it would be a good thing if there were a challenge cup which should be held from year to year by the champion hockey team in the Dominion [of Canada].

There does not appear to be any such outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the general interest which matches now elicit, and the importance of having the game played fairly and under rules generally recognized, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held from year to year by the winning team.

I am not quite certain that the present regulations governing the arrangement of matches give entire satisfaction, and it would be worth considering whether they could not be arranged so that each team would play once at home and once at the place where their opponents hail from.”

The Winnipeg Victorias of the MHL was the initial Cup champions, and were issued a Cup challenge by the regular season champions of the CAHL in 1902, the Montreal Hockey Club. These matches took place during the 1903 CAHL season. The results of these matches was:

January 29, 1903 – Montreal Hockey Club (CAHL) 8-1 over Winnipeg Victorias (MHL) in Montreal.

January 31, 1903 – Montreal Hockey Club (CAHL) 2-2 tied Winnipeg Victorias (MHL) in Montreal. Game to be replayed.

February 2, 1903 – Winnipeg Victorias (MHL) 4-2 over Montreal Hockey Club (CAHL) in Winnipeg.

February 4, 1903 – Montreal Hockey Club (CAHL) 4-1 over Winnipeg Victorias (MHL) in Montreal.

Because this challenge took place during the 1903 CAHL season, the Montreal Hockey Club became the new cup champion and had to defend it during regular season play. The Montreal Hockey Club did not win the regular season, which saw the Ottawa Hockey Club and Montreal Victorias tied. They had to play a two game, total goals playoff. The results of these matches was:

March 7, 1903 – Ottawa Hockey Club 1 – 1 tied Montreal Victorias in Montreal.

March 10, 1903 – Ottawa Hockey Club 8 – 0 over Montreal Victorias in Ottawa.

Finally, the Ottawa Hockey Club were challenged by an upstart league/team from the west. The Rat Portage (Kenora) Thistles of the Manitoba North-West Hockey Association (MNWHA) were played at best of three series. The results of these matches was:

March 12, 1903 – Ottawa Hockey Club (CAHL) 6 – 2 over Rat Portage Thistles (MNWHA) in Ottawa.

March 14, 1903 – Ottawa Hockey Club (CAHL) 4 – 2 over Rat Portage Thistles (MNWHA) in Ottawa.

For their win, the Ottawa players would each receive a silver nugget. From that point on the team would also be known as the Silver Seven.

Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup to December 31, 1903
Team Start End Challengers # of days total days
Montreal Victorias (AHAC/CAHL) 1,075
Montreal Hockey Club (AHAC/CAHL) February 4, 1903 February 27, 1903 Defeated MHA 24 1,034
Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) January 1, 1903 February 3, 1903 Defeated by CAHL 34 764
Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) 700
Ottawa Hockey Club (CAHL) February 28, 1903 December 31, 1903 CAHL win; play-off; Defeated MNWHA 307 307

There are actually three Stanley Cups in existence:
1) Stanley’s original Cup from 1892, known as the “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup” was awarded until 1970, and is now on display in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
2) In 1963, NHL president Clarence Campbell believed that the original Cup had become too brittle to give to championship teams, so the “Presentation Cup” was created and is the well-known trophy awarded today.
3) The final Cup is a “Replica Presentation Cup”, which was created in 1993 by Montreal silversmith Louise St. Jacques and is used as a stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup isn’t available.

Unlike other major league sports trophies, a new Cup isn’t made every year. Instead, after each championship, the names of the players, coaches, management, and staff of the winning team are added to the Cup. The first team to have its roster engraved was the 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers, whose names were etched within the inner bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. The only other team names engraved on the inner bowl are the 1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires.

Canadian Amateur Hockey League, 1904

In 1904, the Canadian Amateur Hockey League played its sixth season, having replaced the AHAC as the premier hockey league in 1899. This was created following a conflict within the AHAC, leading for the first Hockey Schism.

The CAHL was started by the top division teams from the AHAC, . The Montreal Hockey Club, Montreal Shamrocks, Montreal Victorias, Quebec Hockey Club, and the Ottawa Hockey Club participated in a balanced, round-robin league schedule.

The sixth season played in 1904 (played from January 2 to February 24) saw The Quebec Hockey Club win the Championship. following a two game, total-goals play off with the Montreal Victorias. 1904 was the twelfth year that the Dominion Challenge Cup was awarded. The Quebec Hockey Club issued no challenges as the Ottawa Hockey Club left the CAHL partway through the season, taking their champion status with them. This resulted in a dispute. Quebec believed it was entitled to be crowned Cup Champion by virtue of their regular season win but the Cup trustees disagreed with them.

IceHockeyLeagues.com Premier-League Championship Points span to 1883-1904
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
Montreal Hockey Club 10 (1885-86, 88-94, 1902) 34
Montreal Victorias 5 (1884, 95-98) 20
Montreal Shamrocks 2 (1899-1900) 8
Ottawa Hockey Club 2 (1901, 03) 8
Montreal Crystals 1 (1887) 4
Quebec Hockey Club 1 (1904) 4 (+4)
McGill University 1 (1883) 2

The CAHL was the second premier Ice Hockey league, formed by four Quebec-based teams plus Ottawa. These five teams all played in the MWC Tournament and AHAC so that tournament and league are the direct predecessors to the CAHL for historical and statistical purposes.

Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, 1904

Edited from Wikipedia entry:

Lord Stanley of Preston as Governor General of Canada became highly enthusiastic about ice hockey. Stanley was first exposed to the game at Montreal’s 1889 Winter Carnival, where he saw the Montreal Victorias play the Montreal Hockey Club.

Stanley’s entire family became active in ice hockey. Two of his sons, Arthur and Algernon, formed a new team called the Ottawa Rideau Hall Rebels. Arthur also played a key role in the formation of what later became known as the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), and would go on to be the founder of ice hockey in Great Britain.

Arthur and Algernon persuaded their father to donate a trophy to be “an outward and visible sign of the hockey championship”. Stanley sent the following message to the victory celebration for the three-time OHA champion Ottawa Hockey Club:

“I have for some time been thinking that it would be a good thing if there were a challenge cup which should be held from year to year by the champion hockey team in the Dominion [of Canada].

There does not appear to be any such outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the general interest which matches now elicit, and the importance of having the game played fairly and under rules generally recognized, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held from year to year by the winning team.

I am not quite certain that the present regulations governing the arrangement of matches give entire satisfaction, and it would be worth considering whether they could not be arranged so that each team would play once at home and once at the place where their opponents hail from.”

The Ottawa Hockey Club (also known as the Silver Seven) defended their championship against a new Winnipeg based team, the Winnipeg Rowing Club of the Manitoba Hockey Association (MHA). These matches took place prior to the 1904 CAHL season.  The results of these matches was:

December 13, 1903 – Ottawa Hockey Club (CAHL) 9 – 1 over Winnipeg Rowing Club (MHA) in Ottawa.

January 1, 1904 – Winnipeg Rowing Club (MHA) 6 – 2 over Ottawa Hockey Club (CAHL) in Ottawa.

January 4, 1904 – Ottawa Hockey Club (CAHL) 2 – 0 over Winnipeg Rowing Club (MHA) in Ottawa.

 

During the 1904 CAHL season the Ottawa Hockey Club left the league partway through after winning their first four games. The Cup trustees ruled that the championship followed Ottawa despite protests from the eventual CAHL champion, Quebec Hockey Club.

 

Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup to December 31, 1904
Team Start End Challengers # of days total days
Montreal Victorias (AHAC/CAHL) 1,075
Montreal Hockey Club (AHAC/CAHL) 1,034
Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) 764
Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) 700
Ottawa Hockey Club (CAHL/FAHL) January 1, 1904 December 31, 1904 Defeated MHA 365 672

There are actually three Stanley Cups in existence:
1) Stanley’s original Cup from 1892, known as the “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup” was awarded until 1970, and is now on display in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
2) In 1963, NHL president Clarence Campbell believed that the original Cup had become too brittle to give to championship teams, so the “Presentation Cup” was created and is the well-known trophy awarded today.
3) The final Cup is a “Replica Presentation Cup”, which was created in 1993 by Montreal silversmith Louise St. Jacques and is used as a stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup isn’t available.

Unlike other major league sports trophies, a new Cup isn’t made every year. Instead, after each championship, the names of the players, coaches, management, and staff of the winning team are added to the Cup. The first team to have its roster engraved was the 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers, whose names were etched within the inner bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. The only other team names engraved on the inner bowl are the 1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires.

Canadian Amateur Hockey League, 1905

In 1905, the Canadian Amateur Hockey League played its seventh season, having replaced the AHAC as the premier hockey league in 1899. This was created following a conflict within the AHAC, leading for the first Hockey Schism.

The CAHL was started by the top division teams from the AHAC, . The Montreal Hockey Club, Montreal Shamrocks, Montreal Victorias, Quebec Hockey Club, and the Ottawa Hockey Club participated in a balanced, round-robin league schedule. In 1904 the Ottawa Hockey Club left the league partway through the season to join the rival Federal Amateur Hockey League (FAHL).

For the 1905 season the Ottawa Hockey Club wanted to return to the CAHL but only on the condition that fellow FAHL team, Montreal Wanderers be allowed to join. The CAHL refused as they disagreed with the Montreal Wanderers paying its players. The 1905 season saw two new Montreal based teams join, the Montreal Nationals who switched leagues from the FAHL and Montreal Westmount.

The seventh season played in 1905 (played from January 2 to March 11) saw The Montreal Victorias win the Championship. 1905 was the thirteenth year that the Dominion Challenge Cup was awarded. The Montreal Victorias issued a challenge against the Ottawa Hockey Club of the FAHL, but the trustees disagreed with the demanded format (The Victorias wanted a one or two game series while the trustees required a best of three series).

This would be the final year of the CAHL, with a new league being formed by the main teams of the CAHL and two teams from the FAHL including Ottawa that left in 1904. The new league would be called the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA).

IceHockeyLeagues.com Premier-League Championship Points span to 1883-1905
Team # of Championships Premier Championship Points
Montreal Hockey Club 10 (1885-86, 88-94, 1902) 34
Montreal Victorias 6 (1884, 95-98, 1905) 25 (+5)
Montreal Shamrocks 2 (1899-1900) 8
Ottawa Hockey Club/Silver Seven 2 (1901, 03) 8
Montreal Crystals 1 (1887) 4
Quebec Hockey Club 1 (1904) 4
McGill University 1 (1883) 2

The CAHL was the second premier Ice Hockey league, formed by four Quebec-based teams plus Ottawa. These five teams all played in the MWC Tournament and AHAC so that tournament and league are the direct predecessors to the CAHL for historical and statistical purposes.

Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, 1905

Edited from Wikipedia entry:

Lord Stanley of Preston as Governor General of Canada became highly enthusiastic about ice hockey. Stanley was first exposed to the game at Montreal’s 1889 Winter Carnival, where he saw the Montreal Victorias play the Montreal Hockey Club.

Stanley’s entire family became active in ice hockey. Two of his sons, Arthur and Algernon, formed a new team called the Ottawa Rideau Hall Rebels. Arthur also played a key role in the formation of what later became known as the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), and would go on to be the founder of ice hockey in Great Britain.

Arthur and Algernon persuaded their father to donate a trophy to be “an outward and visible sign of the hockey championship”. Stanley sent the following message to the victory celebration for the three-time OHA champion Ottawa Hockey Club:

“I have for some time been thinking that it would be a good thing if there were a challenge cup which should be held from year to year by the champion hockey team in the Dominion [of Canada].

There does not appear to be any such outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the general interest which matches now elicit, and the importance of having the game played fairly and under rules generally recognized, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held from year to year by the winning team.

I am not quite certain that the present regulations governing the arrangement of matches give entire satisfaction, and it would be worth considering whether they could not be arranged so that each team would play once at home and once at the place where their opponents hail from.”

The Ottawa Hockey Club (FAHL) defended their championship against a two challengers; the Dawson City Nuggets (IND) and the Rat Portage Thistles of the Manitoba Hockey Association (MHA). These matches took place during and following to the 1905 FAHL season. The results of these matches was:

January 13, 1905 – Ottawa Hockey Club (FAHL) 9 – 2 over Dawson City Nuggets (IND) in Ottawa.

January 16, 1905 – Ottawa Hockey Club (FAHL) 23 – 2 over Dawson City Nuggets (IND) in Ottawa.

 

March 7, 1905 – Rat Portage Thistles (MHA) 9 – 3 over Ottawa Hockey Club (FAHL) in Ottawa.

March 9, 1905 – Ottawa Hockey Club (FAHL) 4 – 2 over Rat Portage Thistles (MHA) in Ottawa.

March 11, 1905 – Ottawa Hockey Club (FAHL) 5 – 4 over Rat Portage Thistles (MHA) in Ottawa.

 

Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup to December 31, 1905
Team Start End Challengers # of days total days
Montreal Victorias (AHAC/CAHL) 1,075
Ottawa Hockey Club (CAHL/FAHL) January 1, 1905 December 31, 1905 Defeated IND, MHA 365 1,037
Montreal Hockey Club (AHAC/CAHL) 1,034
Winnipeg Victorias (MHA) 764
Montreal Shamrocks (CAHL) 700

There are actually three Stanley Cups in existence:
1) Stanley’s original Cup from 1892, known as the “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup” was awarded until 1970, and is now on display in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
2) In 1963, NHL president Clarence Campbell believed that the original Cup had become too brittle to give to championship teams, so the “Presentation Cup” was created and is the well-known trophy awarded today.
3) The final Cup is a “Replica Presentation Cup”, which was created in 1993 by Montreal silversmith Louise St. Jacques and is used as a stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup isn’t available.

Unlike other major league sports trophies, a new Cup isn’t made every year. Instead, after each championship, the names of the players, coaches, management, and staff of the winning team are added to the Cup. The first team to have its roster engraved was the 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers, whose names were etched within the inner bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup. The only other team names engraved on the inner bowl are the 1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires.