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The 1897 Amateur Hockey Association of Canada season lasted from January 9 until March 6. Each team played 8 games, and Montreal Victorias were again first with a 7–1 record, retaining the Stanley Cup. The club won the Stanley Cup back from the Winnipeg Victorias prior to the season. This was their third-straight league championship.

Contents

Executive

  • J. A. Findlay, Montreal (President)
  • J. H. Dunbar, Quebec (1st. Vice-Pres.)
  • W. C. Young, Ottawa (2nd. Vice-Pres.)

At the annual meeting on December 12, 1896, the secretary reported that the association had lost all of its records in a fire, except for its minutes.

Season

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Rule Changes

  • No more than a 15 minute delay during a game
  • No raising the stick above the shoulder except for 'lifting.'
  • Executives were given the power to suspend club or player for foul play.
  • Protests of games had to be made within two days.

Highlights

Clare McKerrow of Montreal HC set a new record with six goals in the opening game against Quebec on January 9.

The Ottawa club moved to new Dey's Arena.

Final Standing

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Victorias
8
7
1
0
48
26
Ottawa
8
5
3
0
25
18
Montreal
8
5
3
0
31
26
Quebec
8
2
6
0
22
46
Montreal Shamrocks
8
1
7
0
27
37

Results

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 9 Shamrocks 1 Ottawa 4
9 Quebec 2 Montreal 8
12 Montreal 4 Victorias 5
16 Quebec 1 Ottawa 4
16 Shamrocks 2 Montreal 3
23 Victorias 6 Shamrocks 4
23 Montreal 4 Quebec 2
30† Ottawa 0 Montreal 1
30 Victorias 9 Quebec 4
Feb. 6 Victorias 4 Ottawa 2
6 Quebec 1 Shamrocks 9
10 Montreal 5 Shamrocks 1
13 Ottawa 3 Victorias 1
13 Shamrocks 3 Quebec 6
17‡ Ottawa 4 Montreal 0
20 Montreal 4 Ottawa 3
20 Quebec 2 Victorias 8
27 Victorias 7 Montreal 3
27 Ottawa 1 Quebec 4
Mar. 3 Shamrocks 4 Victorias 8
6 Ottawa 4 Shamrocks 3

Protested by Ottawa who scored the tying goal in last few seconds but the goal was disallowed by the referee. The protest was upheld and the game replayed.

Replay of January 30 protested game.

Goalkeeper Averages

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Chittick, Fred Ottawa 8 18 1 2.3
Lewis, Gordon Victorias 8 26 3.3
Collins, Herb Montreal 8 26 3.3
Pagnuello, E. Shamrocks 8 37 4.6
Stocking, Frank Quebec 6 25 5.8

Scoring Leaders

Name Club GP G
McKerrow, Clare Montreal 8 12
Smith, Alf Ottawa 8 12
Barlow, Billy Montreal 8 10
McLea, Ernie Victorias 8 8
Dobby, John Shamrocks 8 7
Swift, Arthur E. Quebec 8 6
Westwick, Harry Ottawa 8 6
Davidson, Cam Victorias 6 5
Doyle, Pat Quebec 8 5
Horsfall, Herbert Montreal 8 5

Stanley Cup challenges

Victorias vs. Winnipeg at Winnipeg

Prior to the season, Victorias would defeat the Winnipeg Victorias of the (Manitoba Hockey Association) 6–5, on December 30, 1896, to reclaim the Cup they had lost in the previous season to Winnipeg.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
December 30, 1896 Montreal Victorias 6 – 5 Winnipeg Victorias Granite Rink, Winnipeg
Montreal (6) at Winnipeg (5)
Gordon Lewis G George Merritt
Harold Henderson P Rod Flett
Mike Grant CP Charles Johnstone
Robert McDougall F Colin "Tote" Campbell
Grham Drinkwater 1 F Jack Armitage 1
Shirley Davidson 2 F Attie Howard 2
Ernest McLea 3 F Dan Bain 2

Referee - W. C. Young, Ottawa
Umpires - A. Shearer, Montreal; D. Clark, Winnipeg

Members of Montreal Victorias who won the Stanley Cup on December 30, 1896

Roster

  Forwards
  • Cam Davidson,
  • Shirley Davidson,
  • Dave Gillilan,
  • Robert MacDougall,
  • Ernest McLea,
  • William 'Reg' Wallance,
  • Stanley Willett
  Defensemen
  Goaltenders


  Non-players

W. Jack (President), Fred Meredith (Hon President), F.H. Wilson (Hon Vice President), P.M. Desterneak (Secretary/Treasurer), G.R. Hooper(Director).

Stanley Cup engraving

  • VICTORIAS
  • -- of --
  • MONTREAL
  • 1896
  • Winnipeg Feb 20th
  • Unknown what Feb 20th stood for. Winnipeg Victorias or the Montreal Victorias never played a Stanley Cup challenge game that day in any season. Maybe that was the day Winnipeg received the Stanley Cup from Montreal or the day their team name was engraved on the Stanley Cup?

Montreal Victorias 1897 Stanley Cup champions

Roster

  Forwards
  • Cam Davidson,
  • Shirley Davidson,
  • Jack Ewing,
  • Robert McDougall,
  • Ernest McLea,
  • David McLellan,
  • Harry Messy,
  • Percy Molson
  Defensemen
  Goaltenders

Gordon Lewis(goal)


  Non-players

W. Jack(President), Fred Meredith (Hon. President), W. Grant (Vice President), F.H. Wilson (Hon. Vice President), P.M. Desterneck Secretary/Treasurer)

See also

References

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc..  
  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 50. ISBN 1551682613.
Preceded by
Winnipeg Victorias
1896
Montreal Victorias
Stanley Cup Champions

1897
Succeeded by
Montreal Victorias
1898
Preceded by
1896
AHAC seasons
1897
Succeeded by
1898

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