1899 CAHL season

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1899 CAHL season
League Canadian Amateur Hockey League
Sport ice hockey
Duration January 7, 1899 – March 4, 1899
Number of teams 5
Champion Montreal Shamrocks
Top scorer Harry Trihey (19 goals)
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The 1899 CAHL season was the inaugural season of the Canadian Amateur Hockey League. Teams played an eight-game schedule. The Montreal Shamrocks were the league champion with a record of seven wins and one loss. Both the Shamrocks and the Montreal Victorias won Stanley Cup challenges to retain the Stanley Cup for the league.



The January 26 game between Montreal and Quebec was protested because it was alleged that the referee, Fred Chittick, Ottawa's goalkeeper, was drunk. The game was rescheduled for February 14, to be played in Ottawa, but in the end, Quebec declined to play the game.[1]

On February 4, when Shamrocks defeated Quebec at Montreal by a score of 13–4, Harry Trihey scored 10 goals.

The Victorias defeated Ottawa at Montreal on February 11, by a score of 16–0. Fred Chittick attempted to score by himself, rushing the length of the ice from his net, without success.[1]

The race for the championship was decided on March 1 when Shamrocks defeated the Victorias 1–0. Eight thousand people are recorded as being in attendance, thousands of dollars was wagered and Harry Trihey of Shamrocks scored the deciding goal.

After losing their first six matches, Quebec withdrew from the rest of the schedule, forfeiting their last two games.

Final Standing[edit]

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Shamrocks
Montreal Victorias
Ottawa Hockey Club
Montreal Hockey Club
Quebec Hockey Club


During the season, the Shamrocks travelled to New York City to play two games against the New York Hockey Club.[2] After the season, the Shamrocks travelled to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to play exhibitions. On March 7, the Shamrocks played the Halifax Crescents to a 1–1 draw,[3] and on March 9, defeated the Crescents 4–2.[4] On March 10, the Shamrocks played the Saint John Mohawks in Saint John, New Brunswick, defeating the Mohawks by a 5–0 score.[5]

The Victorias travelled to New York City to play the Brooklyn Skating Club. The Victorias defeated Brooklyn 5–2 on March 10 at St. Nicholas Rink.[6] The Shamrocks, after the Cup challenge of Queen's, travelled to New York. On March 16, the Shamrocks defeated the All-New-York team 5–2.[7] The Shamrocks then played Brooklyn on March 18, winning over Brooklyn 9–7.[8]

Stanley Cup challenges[edit]

Victorias vs. Winnipeg[edit]

Montreal received another challenge from the MHA's Winnipeg Victorias. This time, it was decided that they would play a two-game total goals series in February 1899.

The first game was won by Montreal 2–1. Winnipeg's captain Dan Bain injured his eye and did not play in the second game due to hemorrhaging behind the eye.

The second game ended in controversy. With Montreal leading the game 3–2 with about 12 minutes left in the game, Montreal's Bob MacDougall violently slashed Winnipeg's Tony Gingras. As Gingras was carried off the ice, referee Bill Findlay only called Macdougall for a two-minute minor. Angry that he should have been accessed a larger penalty, Winnipeg went into their dressing room in protest. Insulted, Findlay abruptly went home, but returned after officials followed him on a sleigh and persuaded him to return. Once back at the rink, the referee gave Winnipeg 15 minutes to return to the ice themselves. They refused and thus Findlay disqualified the team and declared Montreal the winners. 4,000 were attending the Winnipeg Auditorium rink to hear returns of the game by telegraph.[9]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
February 15, 1899 Montreal Victorias 2–1 Winnipeg Victorias Montreal Arena, Montreal
February 18, 1899 Montreal Victorias 3–2 Winnipeg Victorias
Montreal wins total goals series 5 goals to 3
February 15
Winnipeg 1 at Victorias 2
George Merritt G Gordon Lewis
Bobby Benson P Graham Drinkwater, Capt 1
Charles Johnson CP Mike Grant
Tony Gingras 1 F Cam Davidson
Dan Bain F Ernie McLea
Jack Armytage, Capt F Robert MacDougall 1
Attie Howard F Russell Bowie
Colin "Tote" Campbell sub
Referee – J. Findlay
February 18
Winnipeg 2 at Victorias 3
George Merritt G Gordon Lewis
Bobby Benson P Graham Drinkwater, Capt
Charles Johnson CP Mike Grant
Tony Gingras F Cam Davidson
Colin "Tote" Campbell F Ernie McLea
Jack Armytage, Capt 1 F Robert McDougall 2
Attie Howard 1 F Russell Bowie 1
Referee – J. Findlay

The Stanley Cup passed from the Montreal Victorias to the Montreal Shamrocks as champions of the league March 4, 1899.

Shamrocks vs. Queens[edit]

The Shamrocks defended the trophy against Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario. The game was played half under Ontario rules and half under CAHL rules.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 14, 1899 Montreal Shamrocks 6–2 Queen's University Montreal Arena
March 14, 1899
Queens 2 at Shamrocks 6
R.C Hiscock G James H. McKenna
Guy Curtis P Frank Tansey, Capt
J. Ward Merrill CP Frank Wall
Jock Harty F Harry Trihey 3
George Dalton 1 F Arthur Farrell 2
R. R. Carr-Harris 1 F Fred Scanlan 1
Knox Walkem F Jack P. Brannen
Referee – Harvey Pulford

Schedule and results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 7 Quebec 1 Montreal 7
7 Shamrocks 3 Ottawa 4
10 Victorias 4 Montreal 2
14 Quebec 1 Ottawa 3
14 Shamrocks 4 Montreal 3
21 (†) Montreal 1 Quebec 2
21 Shamrocks 5 Victorias 2
28 Ottawa 1 Montreal 5
28 Victorias 5 Quebec 4
Feb. 4 Quebec 4 Shamrocks 13
4 Victorias 7 Ottawa 5
8 Shamrocks 4 Montreal 3
11 Ottawa 0 Victorias 16
11 Shamrocks 3 Quebec 2
18 Montreal 4 Ottawa 5
25 Victorias 10 Montreal 6
Mar. 1 Victorias 0 Shamrocks 1
4 (††) Ottawa 3 Shamrocks 7
Ottawa Quebec
¿ Quebec Victorias

† Montreal refused to continue with 12 minutes to play. Game was to be replayed on February 14, but Quebec declined and the game was defaulted.

†† Shamrocks clinch league championship.

‡ defaulted to Ottawa

¿ defaulted to Victorias

Player statistics[edit]

Goaltending averages[edit]

Note GP = Games played, GA = Goals against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals against average

Name Club GP GA SO GAA
Lewis, Gordon Victorias 3 7 1 2.3
McKenna, James H. Shamrocks 8 21 1 2.6
Collins, Herb Montreal 6 19 3.2
Richardson, Frank Victorias 4 16 4.0
Hutton, John Bouse Ottawa 2 11 5.5
Stocking, Frank Quebec 4 24 6.0
Chittick, Fred Ottawa 5 32 6.4
O'Meara, Mark Quebec 1 7 7.0
Munro, Fred Montreal 1 10 10.0

Leading scorers[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals scored

Name Club GP G
Trihey, Harry Shamrocks 7 19
McKerrow, Clare Montreal 4 12
Bowie, Russell Victorias 7 11
Davidson, Cam Victorias 7 9
Farrell, Arthur Shamrocks 8 8
Brannen, Jack Shamrocks 8 8
McDougall, Bob Victorias 2 7
Ewing, Jack Victorias 5 7
Roger, Mac Ottawa 5 6
Christmas, Billy Montreal 4 5

Montreal Victorias February 1899 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



^ Unknown who played Center, Rover, Right Wing and Left Wing, so the players are listed as forwards

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • F.C. Budden (President)&
  • F.H. Wilson (Hon. President)&
  • J.S. Bishops (Sectary/Treasurer)&
  • &(All non-players first names are unknown)

Montreal Shamrocks March 1899 Stanley Cup champions[edit]


  • Jim McKenna

^ Unknown who played Center, Right Wing and Left Wing, so the players are listed as forwards

† only the trainers were included on the team picture, these are the other official non-players with Montreal Shamrocks in 1899.

Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Harry W. McLaughlin(President), C.M. Hart† (Vice President)
  • W.H. Kearney† (Director), C.F. Smith† (Director)
  • Barney Dunphy (Coach/Trainer), C. Foley (Ass't Trainer).
  • (All non-players first names are unknown except for the Coach, & President)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Puckerings". The Globe. February 14, 1899. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "The Cyclopedic review of current history". 8. The Evening News Association: 137. 
  3. ^ "Montreal and Halifax Crescents Have A Draw". St. John Daily Sun. St. John, New Brunswick. March 8, 1899. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Montreal Shamrocks defeat the Halifax Crescents at Hockey". St. John Daily Sun. St. John, New Brunswick. March 9, 1899. p. 5. 
  5. ^ "Montreal Shamrocks Win From Mohawks By Score 5 To 0". St. John Daily Sun. St. John, New Brunswick. March 11, 1899. p. 5. 
  6. ^ "Montreal Defeats Brooklyn". St. John Daily Sun. St. John, New Brunswick. March 11, 1899. p. 5. 
  7. ^ "Hockey". St. John Daily Sun. St. John, New Brunswick. March 18, 1899. p. 8. 
  8. ^ "Puckerings". Ottawa Citizen. March 20, 1899. p. 6. 
  9. ^ "Winnipeg's Story". The Globe. February 20, 1899. p. 10. 
  • 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. 
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Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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