1896 AHAC season
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The 1896 Amateur Hockey Association of Canada season lasted from January 3 until March 7. Each team played 8 games, and Montreal Victorias were first with a 7–1 record. During the season, on February 14 the Victorias hosted a Stanley Cup challenge match with the Winnipeg Victorias club. Winnipeg won 2–0 to win the Cup.
- 1 Executive
- 2 Season
- 3 Playoffs
- 4 Exhibitions
- 5 Stanley Cup challenge
- 6 Winnipeg Victorias 1896 Stanley Cup champions
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- Watson Jack, Victorias (President)
- Weldy Young, Ottawa (1st. Vice-Pres.)
- Clarence Mussen, Montreal (Sec.-Treasurer)
The Crystals were allowed to change their name to Shamrocks, which matched their new affiliation with the Shamrock A.A.A.
The Victorias were truly the class of the league and only lost once, 3–2 to Ottawa. Their regular season team goal total was nearly double that of Ottawa.
|Team||Games Played||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals For||Goals Against|
|8||Victorias||3||Ottawa||2 (6'00 overtime)|
† Birthday of the Champion.
|Swift, Arthur E.||Quebec||8||8|
There were no playoffs as Montreal won first place exclusively.
- Washington, March 7, 1896
- Shamrocks 3, Montreal 1
- Baltimore, March 9, 1896
- Montreal 6, Shamrocks 5
- New York, March 10, 1896
- Montreal 1, Shamrocks 1 ( completed March 11 with Shamrocks winning 2–1)
The Montreal Victorias travelled to New York City for an exhibition against the New York Athletic Club. The Athletic Club records the date as March 4, (although the date conflicts with an AHAC game), won by the Vics 6–1.
Stanley Cup challenge
Victorias vs. Winnipeg at Montreal
The first successful challenge to the Cup came in February 1896 by the Winnipeg Victorias, the champions of the Manitoba Hockey Association (MHA). On February 14, Winnipeg beat defending champion Montreal Victorias, 2–0, becoming the first team outside the AHAC to win the Cup.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|February 14, 1896||Winnipeg Victorias||2 – 0||Montreal Victorias||Victoria Rink|
Winnipeg at Montreal
|George Merritt||G||Robert Jones|
|Rod Flett||P||Harold Henderson|
|Fred Higginbotham||CP||Mike Grant|
|Jack Armytage||1 †||F||Robert McDougall|
|Colin "Tote" Campbell||1||F||Shirley Davidson|
|Dan Bain||1 †||F||Ernest McLea|
|Attie Howard||F||Reg Wallace|
Referee - A. F. Martin
First goal of Winnipeg: †
"One of his greatest games was on February 14, 1896 in a sudden death game for the Stanley Cup when Jack Armytage scored the winning goal in 2-0 victory over Montreal; the first time the Cup came West."
"On February 14, 1896, the team traveled east to try to strip the Montreal Victorias of their Stanley Cup. Bain scored the winning goal in the Westerners' 2-0 upset to claim the hallowed silverware."
According to The Globe, in its report on the game:
“The westerners started in with a rush and scored the two games; one in ten minutes and one in nine minutes before the Vics seemed to waken up. For the rest of the first half, the honors were even. In the second half, the Winnipeggers were strictly on the defensive. Shot after shot was fired on their goal but the Vics could not score due to the superb work of Merritt, the visitor's goalkeeper. The match ended 2 to 0 in favour of the visitors. Both sides were dissatisfied with the work of Mr. Alexis Martin of Toronto as referee; claiming he was utterly ignorant of the rules, an opinion which seemed to be shared by the spectators.”
Winnipeg Victorias 1896 Stanley Cup champions
- Coaching and administrative staff
- Edward B. Nixon (President),
- Able Code (Vice President/Manager),
- J. Carter (Mascot/Trainer).
- (Trainers first name is unknown.)
Stanley Cup engraving
- -- of --
- -- 1895 --
- -Note Winnipeg engraved 1895, because they defeated 1895 champion before 1896 hockey season was completed.
- "Hockeyists in New York", The Globe, March 11, 1896: 8
- "After the puck", The Globe, March 12, 1896: 10
- A monthly magazine devoted to the interests of the New York Athletic Club 5–6, New York Athletic Club, p. 45.
- "Winnipeg Vics Again Champions", The Globe, February 15, 1896: 18
- Coleman, Charles L. (1966), The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.
- Podnieks, Andrew Lord Stanley Cup, Fenn Publishing Company, Ltd. 2004
- McKinley, Michael (1993), The Official Book Hockey Hall of Fame Legends, p. 66
- Bringall, Richard (2011), The Forgotten Heroes - Winnipeg Hockey Heritage, p. 28
Stanley Cup Champions