1901 CAHL season

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1901 CAHL season
League Canadian Amateur Hockey League
Sport ice hockey
Duration January 5, 1901 – March 5, 1901
Number of teams 5
1901
Champion Ottawa Hockey Club
Top scorer Russell Bowie (24 goals)
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The 1901 Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) season was the third season of the senior ice hockey league. Teams played an eight game schedule. The Ottawa Hockey Club was the league champion with a record of seven wins, no losses and a draw. The Montreal Shamrocks lost a Stanley Cup challenge during the season, so Ottawa did not inherit the Stanley Cup. The Club declined to challenge Winnipeg after the season.

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Executive[edit]

  • George R. James, Montreal (President)
  • D. Watson, Quebec (1st Vice-President)
  • J. W. Smith, Ottawa ( 2nd Vice-President)
  • J. S. Bishop, Victorias (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • C. Hart (Councillor)

The league adopted travelling expenses of $85 between Ottawa-Montreal, $100 between Montreal-Quebec and $125 between Ottawa-Quebec for the visiting teams to receive from the home team.

The league banned member teams from playing exhibition matches outside the league without league permission.

Regular season[edit]

Highlights[edit]

The Ottawa club would win the season, undefeated, with players Sixsmith, Westwick and Pulford starring.

Final standing[edit]

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Ottawa Hockey Club
8
7
0
1
33
20
Montreal Victorias
8
4
3
1
45
32
Montreal Shamrocks
8
4
4
0
30
25
Montreal Hockey Club
8
3
5
0
28
37
Quebec Hockey Club
8
1
7
0
21
43

Although Ottawa won the league championship, the Shamrocks had lost their challenge to Winnipeg and Ottawa would not be awarded the Cup. At first, Ottawa was intending to challenge Winnipeg for the Cup, but on February 27, 1901 announced that they would not do so that winter.[1] According to Coleman(1966), Ottawa did not issue a challenge due to the "lateness of the season."[2] The Ottawa Journal as reported in The Globe suggested that the Ottawa club was wise in their decision, as they were in "racked condition in which they are, as a result of the immensely hard exertions put forth by them in all their games this season".[3] The Ottawa Hockey Club did not challenge the following season, either.

Stanley Cup challenges[edit]

Shamrocks vs. Winnipeg[edit]

In January 1901, the Winnipeg Victorias of the MHA again challenged the Montreal Shamrocks for the Cup. This time, Winnipeg prevailed, sweeping the best-of-three series with scores of 4–3 and 2–1. Game two was the first overtime game in Cup history with Dan Bain scoring at the four minute mark of the extra period.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location Notes
January 29, 1901 Winnipeg Victorias 4 – 3 Montreal Shamrocks Montreal Arena
January 31, 1901 Winnipeg Victorias 2 – 1 Montreal Shamrocks 4:00, OT
Winnipeg wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0
January 29
Winnipeg 4 at Shamrocks 3
Art Brown G James H. McKenna
Rod Flett P Mike Grant
Magnus Flett CP Frank Wall 1
Tony Gingras 1 F Harry Trihey
Dan Bain 1 F Jack P.Brannen 1
Charles Johnston F Fred Scanlon
Burke Wood 2 F Arthur Farrell 1
Fred Chadham sub
Referee - H. Baird
Umpires - A. McKerrow, Dickie Boon


January 31
Winnipeg 2 at Shamrocks 1
Art Brown G James H. McKenna
Rod Flett P Mike Grant
Magnus Flett CP Frank Wall
Tony Gingras F Harry Trihey 1
Dan Bain 2 F Jack P. Brannen
Charles Johnston F Fred Scanlon
Burke Wood F Arthur Farrell
Fred Chadham sub
Referee - H. Baird
Umpires - A. McKerrow, Dickie Boon

Schedule and results[edit]

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

† 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 1 0 1 0.0
Lockerby, Archie Victorias 1 2 2.0
Hutton, John Bouse Ottawa 7 20 2.9
McKenna, James H. Shamrocks 8 25 3.1
O'Meara, Mark Quebec 1 4 4.0
Munro, Fred Victorias 7 30 4.3
Nicholson, Billy Montreal 8 37 4.6
Stocking, Frank Quebec 7 38 5.4

Leading scorers[edit]

Name Club GP G
Russell Bowie Victorias 7 24
Lorne Campbell Montreal 7 10
Arthur Farrell Shamrocks 8 10
Harold Henry Ottawa 8 8
Blair Russell Victorias 8 8
Arthur Sixsmith Ottawa 7 7
Harry Trihey Shamrocks 7 7
Charlie Liffiton Montreal 8 6
Harry Westwick Ottawa 7 6
Edward Stuart Victorias 5 6
Jack Smith Ottawa 4 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-55168-261-3. 
  1. ^ "Ottawa will not challenge". The Globe. February 28, 1901. pp. pg. 10. 
  2. ^ Coleman, Charles (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926, inc. pp. pg. 62. 
  3. ^ "Sound reasons for waiting". The Globe. March 2, 1901. pp. pg. 25. 
Preceded by
1900
CAHL seasons
1901
Succeeded by
1902