1898 AHAC season
|1898 AHAC season|
|League||Amateur Hockey Association of Canada|
|Duration||January 4, 1898 – March 5, 1898|
|Number of teams||5|
|Top scorer||Cam Davidson (14 goals)|
The 1898 Amateur Hockey Association of Canada season was the twelfth and final season of the league. Each team played 8 games, and Montreal Victorias were again first with an 8–0 record, to retain the Stanley Cup. This was their fourth-straight league championship. The league would dissolve prior to the next season.
- 1 League business
- 2 Season
- 3 Exhibition tours
- 4 Playoffs
- 5 Stanley Cup challenges
- 6 Schedule and results
- 7 Player statistics
- 8 Montreal Victorias 1898 Stanley Cup champions
- 9 See also
- 10 References
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- J. A. Findlay, Montreal (President)
- J. S. Dunbar, Quebec (1st. Vice-Pres.)
- G. P. Murphy (2nd Vice-Pres.)
- H. Wilson (Sec.-Treasurer)
- W. Snow, E. Hinchy, E. Farwell, E. Blurty, G. Tanguay (Council)
The Ottawa Capitals applied to join the league, but were turned down because they had not won an intermediate-level championship.
The game of February 12, 1898, between Ottawa and the Victorias was notable because Fred Chittick, the regular goalkeeper of Ottawa staged a one-man strike because he had not received his share of complimentary tickets. Ottawa played A. Cope instead and lost 9–5. The fans in attendance heckled the defence pair of Harvey Pulford and Weldy Young, and in response Mr. Young went into the crowd to attack a spectator.
|Team||Games Played||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals For||Goals Against|
Shamrocks tour New York
From February 14 through 19th, the Shamrocks toured New York city, playing teams of the Amateur Hockey League. They played the New York Hockey Club twice and the Brooklyn Skating Club once. The Shamrocks split the two with New York 2–1 and 0–1 at the Lexington Avenue Ice Palace. The series was considered close however in the second game play turned rough and several Montreal players were ejected; Brown (Montreal) and Billy Russell (New York). Benny Phillips of New York would score the only goal and assists were rewarded to DeCasanova and Russell. The Shamrocks also defeated Brooklyn 4–3 at the Clermont Avenue Rink. 
Victorias tour New York
The first game was dubbed by the American media as establishing the amateur international championship, between the top American team, The New York Athletic Club and the top Canadian team the Montreal Victorias. After the season, the Victorias visited New York, first playing the New York Athletic Club at the St. Nicholas Rink, winning 6–1 on March 4. The game was in attendance of 3000 people. The game was noted as the Victorias were able to 'disarm' their opponents illustrating stealing the puck from the opposing players through stick-handling. Montreal scorers were (2 goals each) Macdougall, Davidson, Drinkwater to Fenwicks single goal 
There were no playoffs as the Victorias won first place exclusively.
Stanley Cup challenges
Victorias vs. Ottawa
Prior to the season, Victorias would play Ottawa Capitals of the CCHA in a single-elimination game on December 27, 1897, winning 15–2. It was originally scheduled as the first best-of-three challenge, but the series ended after the first game because the Victorias clearly was the superior team with a 15–2 victory and the Ottawa team withdrew its challenge.
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|December 27, 1897||Montreal Victorias||15–2||Ottawa Capitals||Victoria Rink|
|R. Wilmot||G||Gordon Lewis|
|Eddie Murphy||CP||Mike Grant, Capt|
|Pat Murphy||F||Robert MacDougall|
|H. O'Connor||F||Graham Drinkwater|
|M. McGuire||F||Shirley Davidson|
|W. Baldwin||F||Cam Davidson|
Referee – J. A. Findlay
Umpires – M. J. Polan, A. McKerrow
Source: Ottawa Journal No challenges were played after the season.
Schedule and results
† Victorias clinch league championship.
Source: Coleman(1966), pp. 41–43
Montreal Victorias 1898 Stanley Cup champions
Coaching and administrative staff
- 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.
- New York Times Feb 18 1898
- W.B. Curtis (April 1898). Outings Monthly Review of Amateur Sports and Pastimes. Ice Hockey.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
- New York Times March 3rd 1898
- New York Times Mar 5th edition 1898
- "Victorias Had An Easy Thing". Ottawa Journal. December 28, 1897. p. 6.
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