1897 AHAC season

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1897 AHAC season
League Amateur Hockey Association of Canada
Sport ice hockey
Duration January 9, 1897 – March 6, 1897
Number of teams 5
1897
Champion Montreal Victorias
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The 1897 Amateur Hockey Association of Canada season was the eleventh season of play of the ice hockey league. Each team played 8 games, and Montreal Victorias were again first with a 7–1 record, retaining the Stanley Cup. The club won the Stanley Cup back from the Winnipeg Victorias prior to the season. This was their third-straight league championship.

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Executive[edit]

  • J.A. Findlay, Montreal (President)
  • J. H. Dunbar, Quebec (1st. Vice-Pres.)
  • Wendell Young, Ottawa (2nd. Vice-Pres.)

At the annual meeting on December 12, 1896, the secretary reported that the association had lost all of its records in a fire, except for its minutes.

Rule Changes[edit]

  • No more than a 15 minute delay during a game
  • No raising the stick above the shoulder except for 'lifting.'
  • Executives were given the power to suspend club or player for foul play.
  • Protests of games had to be made within two days.

Season[edit]

Clare McKerrow of Montreal HC set a new record with six goals in the opening game against Quebec on January 9.

The Ottawa club moved to new Dey's Arena.

Final Standing[edit]

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Victorias
8
7
1
0
48
26
Ottawa
8
5
3
0
25
18
Montreal
8
5
3
0
31
26
Quebec
8
2
6
0
22
46
Montreal Shamrocks
8
1
7
0
27
37

Stanley Cup challenge[edit]

Prior to the season, Victorias would defeat the Winnipeg Victorias of the (Manitoba Hockey Association) 6–5, on December 30, 1896, to reclaim the Cup they had lost in the previous season to Winnipeg.

Victorias vs. Winnipeg at Winnipeg[edit]

The Montreal Victorias submitted their challenge on November 11, 1896 and they arrived in Winnipeg on December 27 for the one-game playoff on December 30.[1] The challenge, the first outside of Montreal attracted national interest.[2] Excitement for the game in Winnipeg sent the price of $1 tickets to $5, with reports of tickets being sold for over $10. The Montreal Vics' practice in the McIntyre Rink itself drew a crowd of 700.[2] The game was reported back to Montreal by telegraph, with the score available at train stations or telegraph offices throughout Canada.[2] Hundreds of standing-room tickets were sold on the night of the game.[2]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
December 30, 1896 Montreal Victorias 6 – 5 Winnipeg Victorias Granite Rink, Winnipeg
Game description

The game itself was very exciting. Ernie McLea scored a hat-trick, including the game and Stanley Cup winning goal. The game started at 8:22 pm local time. Dan Bain scored at 6:30 to put Winnipeg ahead. Winnipeg opened up a 3–0 lead before Montreal scored twice (McLea and Shirley Davidson) to close the gap while Toat Campbell served a penalty. Attie Howard scored just before the half to put Winnipeg ahead 4–2 at the half. In the second half, Montreal's Davidson scored his second goal, then McLea tied the score at four with his second goal of the match. Robert MacDougall, on an end-to-end rush, put Montreal ahead, but Bain tied it at five with four minutes to play. With two minutes to play, Graham Drinkwater passed to McLea, who beat George Merritt on a breakaway to put Montreal ahead 6–5 and win the game.[3] The goal is considered one of the greatest ice hockey goals of all time.[4]

Game summary
Montreal (6) at Winnipeg (5)
Gordon Lewis G George Merritt
Harold Henderson P Rod Flett
Mike Grant CP Charles Johnstone
Robert MacDougall 1 F Colin "Tote" Campbell
Graham Drinkwater F Jack Armitage 1
Shirley Davidson 2 F Attie Howard 2
Ernie McLea 3 F Dan Bain 2

Referee - Weldy Young, Ottawa
Umpires - A. Shearer, Montreal; D. Clark, Winnipeg, Shaw, Ottawa

Source: Montreal Gazette[5]

Exhibitions[edit]

Montreal played the Halifax Wanderers in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 25, 1897. The Wanderers defeated Montreal 4–3 on a second-half goal after the teams were tied 3–3 at half-time.[6]

Schedule and results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 9 Quebec 2 Montreal 8
9 Shamrocks 1 Ottawa 4
12 Montreal 4 Victorias 5
16 Quebec 1 Ottawa 4
16 Shamrocks 2 Montreal 3
23 Victorias 6 Shamrocks 4
23 Montreal 4 Quebec 2
30 Victorias 9 Quebec 4
30 (†) Ottawa 0 Montreal 1
Feb. 6 Quebec 1 Shamrocks 9
6 Victorias 4 Ottawa 2
10 Montreal 5 Shamrocks 1
13 Ottawa 3 Victorias 1
13 Shamrocks 3 Quebec 6
17 (‡) Ottawa 4 Montreal 0
20 Quebec 2 Victorias 8
20 Montreal 4 Ottawa 3
27 Ottawa 1 Quebec 4
27 (††) Victorias 7 Montreal 3
Mar. 3 Shamrocks 4 Victorias 8
6 Ottawa 4 Shamrocks 3

Protested by Ottawa who scored the tying goal in last few seconds but the goal was disallowed by the referee. The protest was upheld and the game replayed.

Replay of January 30 protested game.

†† Birthday of the Champion.

Player statistics[edit]

Goalkeeper averages[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, GA = Goals against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals against average

Name Club GP GA SO GAA
Chittick, Fred Ottawa 8 18 1 2.3
Lewis, Gordon Victorias 8 26 3.3
Collins, Herb Montreal 8 26 3.3
Pagnuello, E. Shamrocks 8 37 4.6
Stocking, Frank Quebec 6 25 5.8

Scoring leaders[edit]

Name Club GP G
McKerrow, Clare Montreal 8 12
Smith, Alf Ottawa 8 12
Barlow, Billy Montreal 8 10
McLea, Ernie Victorias 8 8
Dobby, John Shamrocks 8 7
Swift, Albert E. Quebec 8 6
Westwick, Harry Ottawa 8 6
Davidson, Cam Victorias 6 5
Doyle, Pat Quebec 8 5
Horsfall, Herbert Montreal 8 5

Members of Montreal Victorias who won the Stanley Cup on December 30, 1896[edit]

Roster

  Forwards
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders


  Coaching and administrative staff

W. Jack (President), Fred Meredith (Hon President), F.H. Wilson (Hon Vice President), P.M. Desterneak (Secretary/Treasurer), G.R. Hooper (Director).

Stanley Cup engraving

  • VICTORIAS
  • -- of --
  • MONTREAL
  • 1896
  • Winnipeg Feb 20th

It is unknown what Feb 20th stood for. Winnipeg Victorias or the Montreal Victorias never played a Stanley Cup challenge game that day in any season.

Montreal Victorias 1897 Stanley Cup champions[edit]

Roster

  Forwards
  Defencemen
  Goaltenders

Gordon Lewis(goal)


  Coaching and administrative staff


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-55168-261-3. 
  • Zweig, Eric (2010). Twenty Greatest Hockey Goals. Dundurn Press. ISBN 978-1-55488-789-7. 
Notes
  1. ^ Zweig 2010, p. 19.
  2. ^ a b c d Zweig 2010, p. 20.
  3. ^ Zweig 2010, pp. 21–23.
  4. ^ Zweig 2010, pp. 17–24.
  5. ^ "Winnipeg's Woe". Montreal Gazette. December 31, 1896. p. 8. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wanderers defeat Montreal". St. John Daily Sun. February 26, 1897. p. 8. 
Preceded by
Winnipeg Victorias
1896
Montreal Victorias
Stanley Cup Champions

1897
Succeeded by
Montreal Victorias
1898
Preceded by
1896
AHAC seasons
1897
Succeeded by
1898