1887 AHAC season
|1887 AHAC season|
|League||Amateur Hockey Association of Canada|
|Duration||January 6 1887 – March 11, 1887|
|Number of teams||5|
The 1887 AHAC season was the inaugural season of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada. Play was in challenges. The Montreal Crystals won the final challenge of the season to win the Canadian championship and the first league championship.
The AHAC was organized on December 8, 1886, when the representatives of various hockey clubs met at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal at the instigation of the Victoria Hockey Club of Montreal. The first executive was composed of:
- President: Thomas D. Green, Ottawa.
- First vice-president: Jack Arnton, Victorias.
- Second vice-president: Robert Laing, Crystals.
- Secretary-treasurer: E. Stevenson, Victorias.
- Council: James Stewart, Crystals; J. G. Monk, Victorias; Hanbury A. Budden, McGill; E. Sheppard, M.A.A.A.: Percy Myles, Ottawa.
A.E. Swift from the Quebec HC played four games for the Victorias, being possibly the first hockey player to play for a city other than their home.
The season's final match, held in the Victoria Rink on March 11 ended 3–2 for Montreal Crystals over the Montreal Victorias. The Vics had won the previous two meetings between the clubs. The Crystals changed their lineup, replacing F. Dowd, R. Laing and J. McGoldrick. The Crystals took the early lead on two goals by S. McQuisten. The Vics appeared to score a goal, but it was ruled to be too high and did not count. In the second half, D. Brown, one of the replacements, scored the third for Crystals before two goals by T. Arnton made it close.
|Team||Games played||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals for||Goals against|
† National Champion
Source: Ultimate Hockey
Schedule and results
|January 6||Montreal Victorias||0||Montreal HC||4||Victoria Rink|
|January 7||Montreal Crystals||3||McGill||1||Crystal Rink|
|January 14||Montreal Crystals||0||Montreal Victorias||4||Crystal Rink|
|January 21||Montreal Victorias||5||Montreal HC||2||Victoria Rink|
|January 27||Montreal Victorias||5||Ottawa HC||1||Victoria Rink|
|February 4||Montreal Victorias||3||Montreal Crystals||0||Victoria Rink|
|February 12||Montreal Victorias||6||McGill||0||Victoria Rink|
|February 24||Montreal Victorias||2||Montreal Crystals||1||Victoria Rink|
|March 11||Montreal Victorias||2||Montreal Crystals||3||Victoria Rink|
Montreal Crystals final champions of the season.
Source: Montreal Gazette
Note: GP=Games played, G=Goals
Note: GP = Games played, GA = Goals against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals against average
Winter Carnival Tournament
In February, the Montreal teams of the AHAC participated in the Montreal Winter Carnival ice hockey tournament. The tournament, which was scheduled to play outdoors on an ice rink at the Ice Palace, was disrupted by two days of storms, and was not completed until February 25. During this time, no AHAC challenges were played.
|February 7||Montreal Victorias||2||Montreal HC||0||Victoria Rink|
|February 11||Montreal Crystals||5||Montreal HC (second)||0||Crystal Rink|
|"Tournament" (second teams)|
|February 17||Montreal Crystals||6||Montreal HC||3||Crystal Rink|
|February 23||Montreal Victorias||5||McGill||1||Victoria Rink|
|February 25||Montreal Victorias||1||Montreal HC||1||Victoria Rink|
|February 21||Montreal Crystals||0||Montreal HC||1||Crystal Rink|
|February 23||Montreal Victorias||8||McGill||0||Crystal Rink|
|February 25||Montreal Victorias||0||Montreal HC||1||Crystal Rink|
Montreal HC wins Winter Carnival Tournament.
Source: The Montreal Gazette, The Montreal Daily Herald, Montreal Daily Witness, The Montreal Daily Post
- "Sports and Pastimes, hockey, Formation of a Dominion Hockey Association". The Gazette. December 9, 1886.
- * Messrs. J. G. Monk, J. Arnton and J. Muir, Montreal Victorias; Thomas D. Green and Hamilton, Ottawa; C. H. Macnutt, Holden and Wylde, McGill College; E. Sheppard and Wm. Barlow, Montreal AAA; R. Laing and McCaffrey, Crystals
- "The Crystals Win". Montreal Gazette. March 12, 1887. p. 8.
- Toronto Daily Mail, 14 FEB 1887
- Kitchen 2000, p. 10.
- Kitchen, Paul (2000). "Before The Trail of the Stanley Cup". In Diamond, Dan. Total Hockey. pp. 8–15. ISBN 1-892129-85-X.
- Weir, Glen (1991). Ultimate Hockey. Stoddart Publishing.