Interprovincial Amateur Hockey Union

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The Interprovincial Amateur Hockey Union (IAHU or IPAHU) was the premier amateur ice hockey league in Canada after the split between the amateur and professional ice hockey teams of the Eastern Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA) in 1908.


In November 1908, the Montreal Victorias resigned from the ECAHA and proposed to set up a new amateur ice hockey league. The founding meeting of the new Interprovincial league was held on November 14, 1908.[1] That same day, the Montreal Hockey Club resigned from the ECAHA after not being allowed to hold onto Didier Pitre, whom the Club had signed from Montreal Shamrocks. Montreal HC then met with the Victorias to apply.[2] The league's first president was Blair Russel of the Victorias.[3] The first vice-president was Percy Quinn of Toronto AAC, second vice-president was A. Sutherland of Ottawa Cliffsides and the treasurer was A. A. Eaves of the Montreal Hockey Club.[1] The same day the team representatives wrote the league's constitution.

The teams began play in January 1909 with a four-team league of the Victorias, Montreal Hockey Club, Ottawa Cliffsides and Toronto AAC. Toronto AAC would continue play in the Ontario Hockey Association senior series as well.[4]

In February 1909, it was announced that a new championship trophy for Canadian amateur teams was donated by Sir Montagu Allan.[3] The new Allan Cup was given to the Victorias of the IAHU as the premier amateur team. Ottawa Cliffsides were IAHU champions and became Allan Cup champions as well. The Cliffsides would lose the Allan Cup in a challenge to Queen's College of Kingston, Ontario.[3]

For 1910–11, the league doubled to eight teams, with two Ottawa teams and two Montreal teams in the Central division, and a new Eastern division with teams in Grand Mere, Trois Rivieres, Westmount and Sherbrooke. The league expanded again for 1911–12 to thirteen teams, with four in the Central, five in the Eastern and four in a new Montreal division. In 1912–13, the league expanded to fifteen teams in five divisions. It was the peak of membership in the Interprovincial, as in 1913–14 the Montreal teams left to join the Montreal City League, the Ontario teams to various senior leagues, leaving only a single East division of five teams. 1913–14 was the final season of the Interprovincial.[5]


Season Teams Champion
1908–09 Montreal HC, Montreal Victorias, Ottawa Cliffsides, Toronto AAC †Ottawa Cliffsides (best record)
1909–10 Montreal HC, Montreal Victorias, Ottawa Cliffsides, Toronto AAC Ottawa Cliffsides and Montreal Victorias tied for first place. Cliffsides won two-game total-goals playoff.
1910–11 Central: Montreal Victorias, Montreal HC, Ottawa Cliffsides, Ottawa New Edinburghs
Eastern: Grand Mere, Trois Rivieres, Westmount, Sherbrooke
Ottawa New Edinburghs

Allan Cup champion


  • Clamen, Dave (2000), "Montreal Senior Leagues to 1918", Total Hockey (second ed.), Total Sports Publishing, pp. 44–47, ISBN 1-892129-85-X 
  1. ^ a b "New League Meets". Montreal Gazette. November 16, 1908. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Montreal Resigns". Montreal Gazette. November 16, 1908. p. 2. 
  3. ^ a b c "Cup For Amateurs". Montreal Gazette. February 20, 1909. p. 2. 
  4. ^ "Advancement of Amateurism". The Globe. December 28, 1908. p. 7. 
  5. ^ Clamen 2000, pp. 4647.