The Toronto Hockey Club, known as the Torontos and the Toronto Blueshirts, were a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They were a member of the National Hockey Association, the club was founded in 1911 and began operations in 1912. The club won its sole Stanley Cup championship in 1914, the club became the center of a controversy among NHA owners leading to the NHA suspending operations and the owners forming the National Hockey League. The Blue Shirts were replaced in the NHL by a new Toronto Hockey Club under the ownership of the Toronto Arena Company, the Torontos players were leased to the Arena ownership temporarily and competed in the NHL in 1917–18, winning the Stanley Cup. The Arena Company was then granted a permanent franchise for the 1918–19 season that evolved into todays Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHA was founded in 1909 without any teams based in Toronto. National Hockey Association founder Ambrose OBrien, operated four franchises in the NHA, the Cobalt Silver Kings, Haileybury Comets, Les Canadiens and the Renfrew Creamery Kings. In 1910, OBrien suspended the Cobalt, Haileybury and Canadiens clubs and sold one franchise to form the Montreal Canadiens, in 1911, OBrien decided to leave professional ice hockey entirely. Quebec interests bought one of the franchises from OBrien, and the two were sold to Toronto interests who planned to play in the new Arena Gardens arena under construction. The franchise which became the Toronto Hockey Club was bought by Frank Robinson, Percy Quinn, Quinn was president of the Dominion Lacrosse Association, a Canadian professional lacrosse league that had patterned itself after the NHA. The second Toronto franchise was awarded to an affiliated with the Tecumseh Lacrosse Club of Toronto. According to Coleman, the franchise for the Torontos was that used by the Les Canadiens, other books quote OBrien as selling the Canadiens to George Kennedy, leaving the case of which franchise was sold to Robinson unresolved. In any case, the Toronto team was built from scratch, Toronto had not previously had an arena with artificial ice that would be large enough for an NHA team, but in 1911, work began on the Arena Gardens. The schedule for the 1911–12 season was drawn up with two Toronto teams, as the Arena was not finished, no games were scheduled to be played in Toronto until the end of January, when the new arena was supposed to be ready. The Torontos played their first game on December 25,1912 before 4,000 fans at Arena Gardens, the Toronto Hockey Club was owned by Quinn, managed by Ridpath, and initially coached by Tom Humphrey who was soon replaced by player-coach Jack Marshall. The team Ridpath put on the ice included Cully Wilson and future hall-of-famers Hap Holmes, Harry Cameron, Frank Foyston, the Torontos finished the year in a tie for third place. Before the 1913–14 season, the club faced some upheaval, Ridpath resigned as manager in October 1913 and was replaced by Marshall. Ridpath would try out as a player but gave up his comeback attempt before the season started, despite the changes, the Torontos won the Stanley Cup in 1914, defeating the Montreal Canadiens in a playoff to decide the NHA champion. After the season, the then played a series with the Victoria Aristocrats of the Pacific Coast Hockey League
The Torontos, Stanley Cup champions 1913-14
The Globe was not against the removal of Livingstone, in this editorial of February 13, 1917.