1904 CAHL season
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The 1904 Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) season lasted from January 2 until February 24. Teams played an eight game schedule. This was a tumultuous year as Ottawa resigned in February and defaulted four games.
Also, prior to the start of the season a rival hockey league, the Federal Amateur Hockey League was started, with the Montreal Wanderers taking most of the 'Little Men of Iron' from the Montreal Hockey Club.
 League Business
- Harry Trihey, Shamrocks (President)
- F. Stocking, Quebec (1st Vice-President)
- J. P. Dickson ( 2nd Vice-President)
- Fred McRobie, Montreal (Secretary-Treasurer)
As the Wanderers had signed players from Montreal, it was forbidden for teams to play games against FAHL teams, and for team officials to participate in FAHL activities.
The season started out with Ottawa winning their first four games. However, in their third game against the Victorias, the Ottawa team arrived 1½ hours late. The game was called at midnight, with Ottawa ahead 4–1. After a game where the Shamrocks arrived late in Ottawa, the League levied fines against the Shamrocks and Ottawa, and ordered the Ottawa-Victorias game to be replayed. Despite a threat from Mr. Dickson of Ottawa that Ottawa would resign if the game was to be replayed, the League continued to demand that the game be played. The Ottawa club offered to play it if it had a bearing on the league championship, but this was not acceptable to the league. In the end, Ottawa resigned from the league and the league considered the final four games to be forfeits. This overshadowed a great season from Quebec, which won the CAHL season with a record of 5–1 (plus two wins by forfeit).
 Final Standing
|Team||Games Played||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals For||Goals Against|
|Quebec Hockey Club||
|Montreal Hockey Club||
|Ottawa Hockey Club‡||
‡ Resigned from league.
† Ordered to be replayed but never replayed as Ottawa resigned from league.
†† Birthday of the Champion.
 Goalkeeper Averages
|Hutton, John Bouse||Ottawa||4||15||3.8|
 Scoring Leaders
 Stanley Cup challenges
Ottawa would leave the CAHL in mid-season, leaving Quebec to win the league. The Stanley Cup did not pass to the Quebec Bulldogs based on their league championship. The Cup trustees decided that the Cup went with Ottawa. Quebec refused to make a challenge for the Stanley Cup, arguing that the Cup belonged to the CAHL season winner.
 Winnipeg vs. Ottawa
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|December 30, 1903||Ottawa HC||9–1||Winnipeg Rowing Club||Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa|
|January 1, 1904||Winnipeg Rowing Club||6–2||Ottawa HC|
|January 4, 1904||Ottawa HC||2–0||Winnipeg Rowing Club|
|Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 1|
After the season, the Montreal Victorias travelled to New York city, to play against Brooklyn Crescents and the New York Wanderers. The Victorias tied Brooklyn 8-8 and lost to the Wanderers 6-4.
 Ottawa Hockey Club 1904 Stanley Cup champions
- Coaching and Administrative Staff
Stanley Cup engraving
- &Scott first name remains unknown.
 See also
- 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.
- Shea, Kevin; Wilson, John Jason (2006). Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup. Fenn Publishing Company, Ltd. ISBN 1-55168-281-8.
- "Demands Stanley Cup". Montreal Gazette. February 25, 1904. p. 2.
- "Draw and Loss for Vics". Ottawa Citizen. March 14, 1904. p. 8.
- Shea and Wilson(2006), pg. 430
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