Ottawa ice hockey clubs date back to the first decade of recorded organized ice hockey play. The mens senior-level Ottawa Hockey Club is known to have played in a Canadian championship in 1884, today, Ottawa hockey clubs are represented in all age brackets, in both mens and womens, in amateur and professional. Precursor games of ice hockey are known to have played in Ottawa. The 1850s medal pictured was presented to a tournament champion. The illustration on the medal depicts two players, the sticks are field hockey sticks and the game was played with a ball. The medal is in the collection of the City of Ottawa archives, james Creighton, the organizer of the first recorded organized game in 1875 moved to Ottawa and helped develop the game. He worked as a law clerk for the Senate chamber of the Parliament of Canada, another important figure in the development of the game in Ottawa was P. D. Ross, the publisher of the Ottawa Journal, and later trustee of the Stanley Cup. The Ottawa Hockey Club, formed in 1883, the club played its first competitive matches in the Montreal Winter Carnival tournament of 1884, and helped form the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada in 1886. The team went into hiatus from 1887 until 1889, when the new Rideau Skating Rink opened and they would re-enter play in 1890, in the Ontario Hockey Association. Ottawa HC were the first winners in the OHA, from 1890 to 1893 and they left the OHA after that season in a dispute over the location of playoffs for the Cosby Cup. This schism lead to organization of hockey in Ontario where the ODMHA is responsible for eastern Ontario rather than the OHA. When Lord Stanley was named Governor-General to Canada, he and his sons and daughter developed a keen interest in hockey and his sons played on a team called the Rideau Hall Rebels. On March 8,1889, the first recorded organized ice hockey match took place at Rideau Skating Rink. In 1894, Ottawa HC played in the first Stanley Cup playoffs against the Montreal Victorias, in 1897 Ottawa HC rival Ottawa Capitals would play in Stanley Cup challenge against Montreal Victorias. In 1901, the Ottawa Hockey Club won its first Canadian championship in the Canadian Amateur Hockey League, in 1902, the Ottawa Hockey Club first used the nickname Senators. In 1903, the Ottawa Senators won their first Stanley Cup at the Deys Arena, the individual players each received a silver nugget, and the team picked up the nickname of the Silver Seven. From 1903 to 1906, the Silver Seven would defeat all challengers in Stanley Cup play, in 1908, the Ottawa Victorias would challenge the Montreal Wanderers for the Stanley Cup. Losing a two-game playoff, they were the last amateur team from Ottawa to challenge for the Cup, in 1909, the Ottawa Cliffsides were the first champions of the Allan Cup, by virtue of winning the Inter-provincial Hockey League
An 1850s shinny tournament medal.
Ottawa Hockey Club, 1891 Ottawa City and OHA champions