1896 AHAC season
|League||Amateur Hockey Association of Canada|
|Duration||January 3, 1896 – March 7, 1896|
|Number of teams||5|
The 1896 Amateur Hockey Association of Canada season was the tenth season of play of the league. Each team played eight 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.
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- 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|
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. Winnipeg took a 2–0 lead in the first half of the game on goals by Armytage and Campbell, then played on the defensive in the second half.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|February 14, 1896||Winnipeg Victorias||2 – 0||Montreal Victorias||Victoria Skating Rink|
Schedule and results
|8||Victorias||3||Ottawa||2 (6'00 overtime)|
† Birthday of the Champion.
Note: GP = Games played, GA = Goals against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals against average
|Swift, Arthur E.||Quebec||8||8|
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- "After the puck", The Globe, March 12, 1896: 10
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