1904 CAHL season

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1904 CAHL season
League Canadian Amateur Hockey League
Sport ice hockey
Duration January 2, 1904 – February 24, 1904
Number of teams 5
Champion Quebec Hockey Club
Top scorer Russell Bowie (27 goals)
CAHL seasons
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The 1904 Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) season was the sixth season of the league. Teams played an eight-game schedule. This was a tumultuous year as Ottawa resigned in February and defaulted four games. The Quebec Hockey Club placed first to take the championship. Quebec did not play for the Stanley Cup.

Also, prior to the start of the season a rival hockey league, the Federal Amateur Hockey League was started, with the Montreal Wanderers taking most of the 'Little Men of Iron' from the Montreal Hockey Club.

League business[edit]


  • Harry Trihey, Shamrocks (President)
  • F. Stocking, Quebec (1st Vice-President)
  • J. P. Dickson ( 2nd Vice-President)
  • Fred McRobie, Montreal (Secretary-Treasurer)

As the Wanderers had signed players from Montreal, it was forbidden for teams to play games against FAHL teams, and for team officials to participate in FAHL activities.



This season saw several impressive rookies including Frank Patrick for Montreal Victorias, Ernie (Moose) Johnson for Montreal and Alf Smith and Jim McGee for Ottawa.

The season started out with Ottawa winning their first four games. However, in their third game against the Victorias, the Ottawa team arrived 1½ hours late. The game was called at midnight, with Ottawa ahead 4–1. After a game where the Shamrocks arrived late in Ottawa, the League levied fines against the Shamrocks and Ottawa, and ordered the Ottawa-Victorias game to be replayed. Despite a threat from Mr. Dickson of Ottawa that Ottawa would resign if the game was to be replayed, the League continued to demand that the game be played. The Ottawa club offered to play it if it had a bearing on the league championship, but this was not acceptable to the league. In the end, Ottawa resigned from the league and the league considered the final four games to be forfeits. This overshadowed a great season from Quebec, which won the CAHL season with a record of 5–1 (plus two wins by forfeit).

Final Standing[edit]

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

Resigned from league.

Stanley Cup challenges[edit]

Ottawa would leave the CAHL in mid-season, leaving Quebec to win the league. The Stanley Cup did not pass to the Quebec Bulldogs based on their league championship. The Cup trustees decided that the Cup went with Ottawa. Quebec refused to make a challenge for the Stanley Cup, arguing that the Cup belonged to the CAHL season winner.[1]

Winnipeg vs. Ottawa[edit]

Before they resigned from the CAHL, Ottawa HC defended the Cup against the Winnipeg Rowing Club in a best two-of-three series played in Ottawa 9–1,2–6,2–0 (2–1).

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
December 30, 1903 Ottawa HC 9–1 Winnipeg Rowing Club Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa
January 1, 1904 Winnipeg Rowing Club 6–2 Ottawa HC
January 4, 1904 Ottawa HC 2–0 Winnipeg Rowing Club
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 1
December 30, 1903
Ottawa (9) Winnipeg (1)
Player G Pos Player G
John "Bouse" Hutton G Art Brown
Harvey Pulford, Capt P Percy E. Brown
Arthur Moore CP S. Crawford Richards
Harry Westwick 4 RO Joe Hall
Frank McGee 3 C William Breen, Capt
Suddy Gilmour 1 LW Billy Bawlf 1
Alf Smith 1 RW Clint E. Bennest
Jim McGee sub Claude Borland
Billy Gilmour sub Harry Kirby
Referee – Harry Trihey
Umpires – W. A. Northey, C. J. Hanratty

Source: Montreal Gazette[2]

January 1, 1904
Ottawa (2) Winnipeg (6)
Player G Pos Player G
John "Bouse" Hutton G Art Brown
Harvey Pulford, Capt P Percy E. Brown
Arthur Moore CP Eric Hamber
Harry Westwick 1 RO Joe Hall 1
Frank McGee C William Breen, Capt 2
Suddy Gilmour LW Billy Bawlf 2
Alf Smith 1 RW Claude Borland 1
Referee – Harry Trihey
Umpires – M. J. McCrory, C. J. Hanratty

Source: Montreal Gazette[3]

January 4, 1904
Ottawa (2) Winnipeg (0)
Player G Pos Player G
John "Bouse" Hutton G Art Brown
Harvey Pulford, Capt P Percy E. Brown
Arthur Moore CP Eric Hamber
Harry Westwick RO Joe Hall
Frank McGee 1 C William Breen, Capt
Suddy Gilmour 1 LW Billy Bawlf
Billy Gilmour RW Claude Borland
Referee – Harry Trihey
Umpires – M. J. McCrory, C. J. Hanratty

Source: Montreal Gazette[4]


After the season, the Montreal Victorias travelled to New York city, to play against Brooklyn Crescents and the New York Wanderers. The Victorias tied Brooklyn 8–8 and lost to the Wanderers 6–4.[5]

Schedule and results[edit]

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 2 Victorias 18 Shamrocks 2
2 Montreal 3 Quebec 9
9 Victorias 6 Ottawa 10
9 Quebec 13 Shamrocks 5
16 Ottawa 8 Montreal 3
16 Victorias 12 Quebec 5
20 Shamrocks 3 Montreal 8
23 Victorias 8 Montreal 5
30 Shamrocks 6 Quebec 8
30† Ottawa 4 Victorias 1
Feb. 6 Quebec 6 Montreal 4
6 Shamrocks 5 Ottawa 10
13 Victorias 12 Shamrocks 7
17 Montreal 5 Shamrocks 4
20 (††) Quebec 9 Victorias 7
24 Montreal 6 Victorias 11
Montreal Ottawa
Ottawa Shamrocks
Quebec Ottawa
Ottawa Quebec

† Ordered to be replayed but never replayed as Ottawa resigned from league.

†† Quebec clinches league championship.

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
Hutton, John Bouse Ottawa 4 15 3.8
Nichol, J. Victorias 8 48 6.0
Moran, Paddy Quebec 6 37 6.2
Waugh, O. Montreal 5 32 6.4
Brophy, Fred Montreal 1 8 8.0
Kenny Shamrocks 4 35 8.8
Price Montreal 1 9 9.0
Cloran Shamrocks 3 39 13.0

Scoring leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Game played, G = Goals scored

Name Club GP G
Bowie, Russell Victorias 8 27
Jordan, Herb Quebec 6 19
Russell, Blair Victorias 8 17
Howard, Cavey Victorias 6 16
McGee, Frank Ottawa 4 12
Sargent, Grover Montreal 6 11
Power, Joe Quebec 6 10
Coulson, Herbert Montreal 6 8
Smith, Alf Ottawa 4 8
Foulis, C. Shamrocks 6 7

Ottawa Hockey Club 1904 Stanley Cup champions[edit]



Coaching and administrative staff:

  • Percy Mituttler (President), Robert Shillington (Manager)
  • Patrick Baskerville (Treasurer), Thomas D'Arcy McGee (Secretary)
  • Halder Kirby (Club Doctor), Llewellyn Bates (Director)
  • Chauncy Kirby, Martin Rosenthal, Charles Sparks (Directors)
  • Mac McGilton (Ass’t Trainer), Pete Green (Trainer)
  • no official team picture, has been found for 1904 Ottawa

Stanley Cup engraving

Cyclone Taylor scratched 'Fred W. Taylor' over the official engraving of 'OTTAWA 1904/Ottawa vs Wanderers'.[6]

  • &Scott first name remains unknown.

Wanderers vs. Ottawa[edit]

A two-game series between the Montreal Wanderers from FAHL and Ottawa Hockey Club from CAHL was arranged, for the Stanley Cup. The teams played the first game in Montreal to a tie of 5–5. Montreal refused to play overtime, demanding that the game be considered a no-contest and proposed that the series start over as a best two-of-three series. The Cup trustees demanded that the series continued as scheduled and the Wanderers abandoned the challenge.[7]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 2, 1904 Ended in a 5–5 tie Montreal Arena
Ottawa wins series; Montreal is disqualified for refusing to play second game in Ottawa.

According to the Gazette, the game saw "the dirtiest game ever seen between two senior teams at the Arena." Thirty-six penalties were called. Leahy was injured and replaced by Mallan. James Strachan, president of the Wanderers was quoted as saying that the Wanderers would not go to Ottawa and play with Dr. Kearns as referee. Ottawa took a 2–0 lead, before the Wanderers scored five in a row. The Ottawas came back with three, the final goal by Frank McGee.[8]

March 2, 1904
Ottawa (5) Montreal (5)
Player G Pos Player G
Hutton G Nicholson
J. McGee P Strachan
A. Smith CP Bellingham
H. Westwick 2 R Leahy,
F. McGee 1 C Marshall 1
W. Gilmour 1 RW Gardner 1
S. Gilmour 1 LW Blatchford 1
Referee - Dr. Kearns
Umpires - Stevens, Baskerville

Source: Montreal Gazette[8]

The Wanderers demanded a replay of the game to be held in Montreal, which Ottawa refused. The series was cancelled, with Ottawa retained the Stanley Cup. championship. Ottawa then joined FAHL in the offseason. [9]

See also[edit]


  • 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. 
  • Shea, Kevin; Wilson, John Jason (2006). Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup. Fenn Publishing Company, Ltd. ISBN 1-55168-281-8. 
  1. ^ "Demands Stanley Cup". Montreal Gazette. February 25, 1904. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Easy for Ottawa". Montreal Gazette. December 31, 1903. p. 2. 
  3. ^ "Rowers Won Game". Montreal Gazette. January 2, 1904. p. 2. 
  4. ^ "Ottawa Holds Cup". Montreal Gazette. January 5, 1904. p. 2. 
  5. ^ "Draw and Loss for Vics". Ottawa Citizen. March 14, 1904. p. 8. 
  6. ^ Shea and Wilson(2006), pg. 430
  7. ^ Kitchen, pg. 140
  8. ^ a b "Game Was A Draw". Montreal Gazette. March 3, 1904. p. 2. 
  9. ^ "Ottawa Says No; Others Won't Go". Montreal Gazette. March 5, 1904. p. 2. 
Preceded by
Ottawa Hockey Club
Ottawa Hockey Club
Stanley Cup Champions

Succeeded by
Ottawa Hockey Club
January, 1906
Preceded by
1904 FAHL season
FAHL seasons
Succeeded by
1904-05 FAHL season