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Team portrait in 1900

The Winnipeg Victorias were a former amateur senior-level men's amateur ice hockey team in Winnipeg, Manitoba, organized in 1889.[1] They played in the Manitoba Hockey Association(MHA) in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Victorias won the Stanley Cup in February 1896, 1901 and January 1902 while losing the Cup in December 1896, February 1899, February 1900, March 1902, and February 1903. After the Stanley Cup became the professional championship, the Victorias continued in senior-level amateur play, winning the Allan Cup in 1911 and 1912.

Victorias hockey team, champions of Manitoba and Northwest Territories, 1892-1893



From 1889 until 1892, the Victorias played exhibitions and played against other Winnipeg teams. The Victorias played in the first match in Western Canada between organized hockey clubs on December 20, 1890 against the Winnipeg Hockey Club at the Street Railway Rink in Winnipeg. The players were:

Victorias Winnipegs
  • W. H. Thompson (goal)
  • T. A. Howard (back)
  • J. McCulloch, J. Armitage (wings)
  • G. H. Merrit, F. Higginbotham, A. Norquay (forwards)
  • A. B. Clark (goal)
  • F. L. Patton (back)
  • C. Dennison, McDonald (wings)
  • F. Beckett, H. Beckett, J. R. Waghorn (forwards)

Source: "In the Early Days". The Globe: p. 11. December 28, 1910.  

The Victorias helped to found the Manitoba association in 1893. The Victorias first won the Stanley Cup in 1896, defeated the Montreal Victorias in a single-game challenge 2-0 on February 14, 1896 in Montreal. In the rematch, Winnipeg lost to Montreal in a single-game challenge 5-6 on December 30, 1896 in Winnipeg.

In February 1899, the Victorias would lose a two-game total goals series 5-3 against Montreal. In their next chance, the Victorias defeated Montreal Shamrocks in a two-game, total goals series 4-3, 2-1 (6-4) on January 29 and 31, 1901 in Montreal. The Victorias held the trophy, winning the Manitoba championship, and successfully defended the Stanley Cup against Toronto in two-game, total goals series 5-3, 5-3 (10-6) on January 21 and 23, 1902 in Winnipeg. The Victorias run as champion ended in a loss to Montreal Hockey Club in a best two-of-three 1-0, 0-5 and 1-2 on March 13, 15 and 17 1902 in Winnipeg.

After the Stanley Cup was awarded only to professional teams starting in 1908, the Victorias did not challenge for the Stanley Cup, and remained an amateur team, playing in the Manitoba Association. The 1911 Winnipeg Victorias appear to have won the Allan Cup by default when the Ontario Hockey Association refused to allow their team to play mid-season. In March of that year, the Vics defended the cup by defeating Kenora 12-5. In 1912 the Victorias defended the cup against Calgary (March 5th 11-0 & March 7th 8-6), Toronto Eatons (March 9th 8-4 & 16-1) and Regina (March 14th 9-3).

The 1896 & 1901 Stanley Cup champions and the 1911 & 1912 Allan Cup champions Winnipeg Victorias are inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in the team category.

Winnipeg Victorias 1901

Notable players


Hall of Fame members

NHL Alumni

Winnipeg Victorias 1896 Stanley Cup champions

February 14, 1896 Stanley Cup winners

George Merritt(goal), Rod Flett(point), Fred Higginbotham (coverpoint), Charles Johnston(coverpoint), Dan Bain(center), Jack Armytage(forward- Captain), Colin "Tote" Campbell(forward), Attie Howard(forward) (Non players unknown).

Winnipeg Victorias 1901 Stanley Cup champions

January 31, 1901 Stanley Cup winners

Art Brown(goal), Rod Flett(point), Jack Marshall(point), Magnus Flett(coverpoint), Burke Wood(rover), Dan Bain(center -Captain), Fred Cadham(center), Charles Johnstone(left wing), Tony Gingras(right wing), Jack Armytage (President), George Carruthers (Vice President), M. Hooper (Trainer), W. Robinson (Sectary-treasurer), W. Pratt (Director).

Winnipeg Victorias 1902 Stanley Cup champions

January 23, 1902 Stanley Cup winners

Art Brown(goal), Dan Bain(center-Captain), Fred Cadman(Center), Rod Flett(point), Magnus Flett(coverpoint), Tony Gingars(rightwing), Charles Johnstone(left wing/rover), Fred Scanlon(left wing), Burke Wood(rover), Jack Armytage (President), George Carruthers (Vice President), M. Hooper (Trainer), W. Robinson (Secretary/Treasurer), W. Pratt (Director).

See also


  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books, 12, 50. ISBN 1-55168-261-3.
  1. ^ Farrell, Arthur (1899). Hockey: Canada's Royal Winter Game. p. 63.  

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