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.

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