Manitoba Hockey Association

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Manitoba Hockey Association
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 1892
Inaugural season 1893
Ceased 1923
Country  Canada
Last
champion(s)
Brandon Wheat Cities
Most titles Winnipeg Victorias

The Manitoba Hockey Association (MHA) was an early men's senior ice hockey league playing around 1900 in Manitoba, Canada. The league started as an elite amateur league in 1892, became professional in 1905, had a professional and an amateur league in 1908–09 and only an amateur league from 1909 until 1923. Two teams from the league have won the Stanley Cup, the Winnipeg Victorias and the Kenora Thistles. Three other teams from the league have challenged for the Stanley Cup: Brandon Wheat Cities, Winnipeg Maple Leafs, and the Winnipeg Rowing Club. Other teams have won the Allan Cup: Winnipeg Hockey Club, Winnipeg Falcons, Winnipeg Monarchs and Winnipeg Victorias.

It also was known as the Manitoba Hockey League and Manitoba Professional Hockey League in following years.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

The Manitoba Hockey Association was formed on November 11, 1892 to organize ice hockey play in Manitoba.[1]

Manitoba & Northwestern Hockey Association[edit]

In 1904, it would absorb the Manitoba & Northwestern Hockey Association league, and include the Rat Portage/Kenora Thistles team from the province of Ontario. Kenora, ON was originally named Rat Portage.

Manitoba Professional Hockey League (MPHL)[edit]

In 1905, the league started to have professional players, and renamed itself the Manitoba Professional Hockey League (MPHL). This lasted until the end of the 1908–09 season, when several teams folded.

Manitoba Hockey League (MHL)[edit]

Starting in the 1908–09 season, the Manitoba Hockey League (MHL) was started as an amateur senior-level league. The teams from this league were eligible for the new Allan Cup.

Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association[edit]

With the founding of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in 1914, the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association was formed to administer amateur ice hockey in Manitoba, except for the senior-level MHL. The MHL continued to be administered by the Manitoba Hockey Association.

Teams[edit]

Season Teams Champion
1892–93 Fort Osborne Rifles, Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1893–94 Winnipeg Dragoons, Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1894–95 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1895–96 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias†
1896–97 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1897–98 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1898–99 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1899–1900 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1900–01 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias†
1901–02 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1902–03 Winnipeg Rowing Club, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Rowing Club
1903–04 Winnipeg Rowing Club, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Rowing Club
1904–05 Brandon Wheat Cities, Portage la Prairie Cities, Rat Portage Thistles, Winnipeg Rowing Club, Winnipeg Victorias Rat Portage Thistles
1905–06 Brandon Wheat Cities, Kenora Thistles, Portage la Prairie Cities, Winnipeg Rowing Club, Winnipeg Victorias Kenora Thistles

† Stanley Cup winner.

Manitoba Professional Hockey League[edit]

Season Teams Champion
1906–07 Brandon Wheat Cities, Kenora Thistles, Portage la Prairie Cities, Winnipeg Strathconas Kenora Thistles‡
1907–08 Brandon Wheat Cities†, Kenora Thistles†, Portage la Prairie Cities, Winnipeg Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Strathconas Winnipeg Maple Leafs
1908–09 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Shamrocks Winnipeg Shamrocks

‡ Stanley Cup winner.
† Brandon and Kenora only played one game in 1907–08 season before ceasing play.

Manitoba Hockey League[edit]

In parallel with the MPHL, the MHA started the MHL amateur senior league in 1908–09. The Winnipeg Falcons, which entered the league in 1915, would win the 1920 championship, then win the Allan Cup national championship. As Allan Cup winners, the Falcons were selected to represent Canada at the 1920 Olympics, where the team would win the first Olympic gold medal for ice hockey.

Notes:
WAHL = Winnipeg Amateur Hockey League, MMHL = Manitoba Military Hockey League

Season Teams Champion
1908–09 Winnipeg Capitals, Winnipeg Varsity, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1909–10 Winnipeg Capitals, Winnipeg Varsity, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Varsity
1910–11 Winnipeg Monarchs, Winnipeg Varsity, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias‡
1911–12 Winnipeg Monarchs, Winnipeg Varsity, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias‡
1912–13 Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Varsity, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg HC‡
1913–14 WAHL Winnipeg Monarchs, Winnipeg Victorias, Winnipeg HC Winnipeg Monarchs
1914–15 Winnipeg Monarchs, Winnipeg Varsity, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Monarchs‡
1915–16 A Winnipeg 61st Battalion, Winnipeg Monarchs, Winnipeg Soldiers Winnipeg 61st Battalion‡
1915–16 B Winnipeg Falcons, Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Monarchs
1916–17 WAHL Winnipeg Victorias, Winnipeg 223rd Battalion, Winnipeg Monarchs Winnipeg Victorias
1917–18 MMHL Winnipeg Ypres, Winnipeg Vimy, Winnipeg Somme Winnipeg Ypres
1918–19 Brandon Wheat Cities, Selkirk Fishermen, Winnipeg Argonauts, Winnipeg Monarchs Selkirk Fishermen
1919–20 Manitoba Brandon Wheat Cities, Selkirk Fishermen, Winnipeg Falcons Winnipeg Falcons‡ †
1919–20 Winnipeg Winnipeg HC, Winnipeg Monarchs, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg HC
1920–21 Brandon Wheat Cities, Winnipeg Falcons, Winnipeg HC Brandon Wheat Cities
1921–22 Manitoba Brandon Wheat Cities, Selkirk Fishermen, Winnipeg Falcons, Winnipeg HC Brandon Wheat Cities
1921–22 Winnipeg Winnipeg Monarchs, Winnipeg Tigers, Winnipeg Varsity, Winnipeg Victorias Winnipeg Victorias
1922–23 Brandon Wheat Cities, Fort William Beavers, Port Arthur Bearcats, Selkirk Fishermen, Winnipeg Falcons, Winnipeg HC Brandon Wheat Cities

‡ Allan Cup winners. † Olympic champions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McKinley, Michael (2000). Putting a Roof on Winter. Greystone Books. pp. pg. 32. 

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