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1895 AHAC season


1895 AHAC season

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The 1895 Amateur Hockey Association of Canada season lasted from January 3 until March 8. Each team played 8 games, and Montreal Victorias were first with a 6–2–0 record. After a required Stanley Cup challenge played between the 1894 winners, Montreal HC and Queen's, champion of the Ontario Hockey Association, the Victorias inherited the Stanley Cup as league champions.


  • W. Jack, Victorias (President)
  • A. Laurie, Quebec (1st. Vice-Pres.)
  • Weldy Young, Ottawa (2nd. Vice-Pres.)
  • J. A. Findlay, Montreal (Sec.-Treasurer)

Regular season


The Crystals suffered three straight defeats to open the season. After this, they decided independently to merge with the Montreal Shamrocks. On February 2, this new team defeated Quebec 2–1. The game was protested by Quebec and the result was cancelled and not replayed.

Another game involving Quebec was noteworthy, on February 23 against Ottawa, won by Ottawa 3–2. The game, played at Quebec, was very rough and the crowd became hostile towards the visitors. At the end of the match, the crowd pursued referee Hamilton and Umpire Findlay as they left the arena, and dragged them back to force them to declare the game a draw. Police were called to break up the demonstration. Subsequent to the match, the AHAC decided to suspend the Quebec hockey club for the rest of the season.

Final Standing

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Victorias
Montreal Hockey Club
Montreal Crystals


Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 3 Crystals 2 Victorias 7
5 Montreal 2 Quebec 4
5 Crystals 1 Ottawa 9
10 Crystals 1 Montreal 9
12 Ottawa 1 Victorias 5
19 Ottawa 2 Montreal 3
19 Victorias 3 Quebec 4
26 Quebec 0 Ottawa 1
26 Victorias 0 Montreal 5
Feb. 2 (†) Crystals 2 Quebec 1
9 Quebec 3 Montreal 6
16 Montreal 3 Ottawa 4 (12' overtime)
16 Quebec 2 Victorias 8
23 Ottawa 3 Quebec 2
23 Montreal 2 Victorias 4
27 (††) Quebec 3 Crystals 4
Mar. 2 Montreal 3 Crystals 4
2 Victorias 3 Ottawa 2
6 (†††) Ottawa 3 Crystals 7
8 Victorias 5 Crystals 2

† Game void following protest by Quebec over Crystals use of ineligible players.

†† Quebec team suspended after attack on officials after game of February 23.

††† Birthday of the Champion.

Goalkeeper Averages

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
McDougall, A.* Victorias 1 1 1.0
Jones, Robert Victorias 4 8 2.0
Fenwick, Jim Victorias 1 2 2.0
Collins, Herbert Montreal 8 22 1 2.7
Chittick, Fred Ottawa 6 18 1 3.0
Westwick, Harry Ottawa 2 6 3.0
White, Crystals 1 4 3.7
Stocking, Frank Quebec 7 27 3.9
McDougall, Hartland* Victorias 2 9 4.5
Lyons, Crystals 2 16 8.0

Note: Although A. Mcdougall is recorded in most hockey sources[1] as to playing goal for the Montreal Victorias on January 12, 1895 and allowing one goal only, primary sourcing can show that Hartland MacDougall actually played goal for the Vics between January 12 and January 26 [2] before being replaced by Robert Jones.

Leading scorers

Name Club GP G
Routh, Haviland Montreal 8 19
Rankin, Norman Victorias 8 11
Swift, Arthur E. Quebec 6 10
Russell, Herbert Ottawa 8 10
Robert MacDougall Victorias 8 10
Drinkwater, Graham Victorias 8 9
Fairbairn, Crystals 5 6
Hodgson, Archie Montreal 6 6
Kirby, Chauncey Ottawa 7 5
Smith, Alf Ottawa 8 5

Coleman(1966) pp. 22–24.

Stanley Cup challenges

Montreal vs. Queen's

On March 8, 1895, the Montreal Victorias won the 1895 AHAC title, finishing the season with a 6–2 record. Under the Stanley Cup rules, the team would also be awarded the Stanley Cup as league champions. However, the trustees ruled that a challenge between the previous year's champion Montreal HC and the squad from Queen's University, the champions of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), would have to be played first to determine if the Cup remained with the AHAC. Thus, it was decided that if the Montreal HC won the challenge match, the Victorias would become the Stanley Cup champions. The Montreal HC would eventually win the game, 5–1, and their crosstown rivals were crowned the champions.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 9, 1895 Montreal Hockey Club 5 – 1 Queen's University Victoria Rink
Montreal Victorias wins the Cup based on winning the AHAC title,
and Montreal HC defeating Queen's University

Billy Barlow, the star player of Montreal was not able to play and Clarence McKerrow took his place. McKerrow had not played any games for Montreal, and could be considered a ringer, but there was no protest from Queen's. The Queen's team, although described as looking fast in their tiger jerseys, were no match for Montreal and the game proved uninteresting.[3] R. McLennan of Queen's would later play for Dawson City in its 1905 challenge of Ottawa.

Queen's U at Montreal

Referee—F. C. Chittick Umpires—Fred McRobie and Alex Robertson
Queens U. (1) at Montreal (5)
R.C. Hiscock G Herbert Collins
Guy Curtis P Frank Bickerdike
F. Taylor, CP Allan Cameron
A.B. Cunningham F Clarence Mussen 1
McKay 1 F Clarence McKerrow 1
R. McLennan F Haviland Routh 2
G.F. Weatherhead F Archie Hodgson 1

Coleman(1966) pp. 24–25

Montreal Hockey Club Amateur Athletic Association Stanley Cup 1895 challenge champions

Herb Collins (goal), Charles Archibald (forward), Billy Barlow (forward), Frank Bickerdike (point), Allan Cameron Jr. (coverpoint), Norman Dawes (forward), Archie Hodgson (forward), George James (coverpoint), Clarence McKerrow (forward), Aubrey Mussen (forward), Clarence Mussen (point), Haviland Routh (forward) (Never recognized as Stanley Cup Champions in 1895)


James Stewart (President), Harry Shaw (Manager/Secretary-Treasurer)

Montreal Victorias 1895 Stanley Cup champions


  • Harold Henderson (point)
  • Ronald Elliot (point)
  • William Pullan (point)
  • Mike Grant (coverpoint-Captain)

  Coaching and administrative staff

W. Jack (President), Fred Meredith (Hon. President), P.M. Desterneck (Secretary/Treasurer), G.R. Hooper (Director).

Stanley Cup engraving

  • -- of --
  • -- 1895 --
  • note: Jim Fenwick would leave the team at the end of the season.
  • Some sources say A. MacDougall, and Hartland MacDougall each played the one game in goal. There no official records of an A. MacDougall every playing for hockey the Montreal Victorias. So it was most likely that Hartland played both games, and an H just looked like an A. (page 22, 24 Trail of Stanley Cup Vol 1., by Charles Collemen)


See also


  • Podnieks, Andrew; Hockey Hall of Fame (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Bolton, Ont.: Fenn Pub. pp 12, 50. ISBN 978-1-55168-261-7
Preceded by
Montreal HC
Montreal Victorias
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Winnipeg Victorias
February, 1896
Preceded by
AHAC seasons
Succeeded by
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