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The 1887 AHAC season was the inaugural season of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada. Play was in challenges. The Montreal Crystals won the final challenge of the season to win the Canadian championship and first league championship.

League BusinessEdit

The AHAC was organized on December 8, 1886

  • Messrs. J. G. Monk, J. Arnton and J. Muir, Montreal Victorias
  • Thomas D. Green and Hamilton, Ottawa
  • C. H. Macnutt, Holden and Wylde, McGill College
  • E. Sheppard and Wm. Barlow, Montreal AAA
  • R. Laing and McCaffrey, Crystals

</ref> of various hockey clubs met at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal at the instigation of the Victoria Hockey Club of Montreal. The first executive was composed of:

  • President—Mr. Thomas D. Green, Ottawa.
  • First Vice-president—Mr. J. Arnton, Victorias.
  • Second Vice-President—Mr. R. Laing, Crystals.
  • Secretary-treasurer—Mr. E. Stevenson, Victorias.
  • Council—Messrs. James Stewart, Crystals; J. G. Monk, Victorias; H. A. Budden, McGill; E. Sheppard, M.A.A.A., and Percy Myles, Ottawa.

Regular seasonEdit

The season's final match, held in the Victoria Rink on March 11 ended 3–2 for Montreal Crystals over the Montreal Victorias. The Vics had won the previous two meetings between the clubs. The Crystals changed their lineup, replacing F. Dowd, R. Laing and J. McGoldrick. The Crystals took the early lead on two goals by S. McQuisten. The Vics appeared to score a goal, but it was ruled to be too high and did not count. In the second half, D. Brown, one of the replacements, scored the third for Crystals before two goals by T. Arnton made it close.

Overall RecordEdit

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Montreal Victorias
8
6
2
0
26
9
Montreal HC
3
2
1
0
4
5
Montreal Crystals
6
2
4
0
7
13
Ottawa HC
1
0
1
0
1
5
McGill University
2
0
2
0
2
8

† National Champion

Source: Ultimate Hockey

AHAC challengesEdit

Date Team Score Team Score Location
Exhibition
January 6 Montreal Victorias 0 Montreal HC 4 Victoria Rink
Tournament
January 7 Montreal Crystals 3 McGill 1 Crystal Rink
January 14 Montreal Crystals 0 Montreal Victorias 4 Crystal Rink
January 21 Montreal Victorias 5 Montreal HC 2 Victoria Rink
January 27 Montreal Victorias 5 Ottawa HC 1 Victoria Rink
February 4 Montreal Victorias 3 Montreal Crystals 0 Victoria Rink
March 4 Montreal Victorias 2 Montreal Crystals 1 Victoria Rink
March 11 Montreal Victorias 2 Montreal Crystals 3 Victoria Rink

Montreal Crystals final champions of the season.

Source: Montreal Gazette

Winter Carnival TournamentEdit

In February, the Montreal teams of the AHAC participated in the Montreal Winter Carnival hockey tournament. The tournament, which was scheduled to play outdoors on an ice rink at the Ice Palace, was disrupted by two days of storms, and was not completed until February 25. During this time, no AHAC challenges were played.

Date Team Score Team Score Location
Exhibitions
February 7 Montreal Victorias 2 Montreal HC 0 Ice Palace Rink
February 13 Montreal Victorias 6 McGill 0 Ice Palace Rink
February 15 Montreal Crystals 6 Montreal HC 3 Crystal Rink
Tournament
February 21 Montreal Crystals 0 Montreal HC 1 Crystal Rink
February 23 Montreal Victorias 5 McGill 1 Crystal Rink
February 25 Montreal Victorias 0 Montreal HC 1 Crystal Rink

Montreal HC wins Winter Carnival Tournament.

Source: Montreal Gazette

Scoring LeadersEdit

Name Club GP G
Swift, Arthur Victorias 47
Hodgson, Billy Montreal 44
Craven, J. Victorias 64
Campbell, Jack Victorias 73
Dowd, Frank Crystals 32
McQuisten, Sam Crystals 32
Findlay, Jack Montreal 42
Arnton, Jack Victorias 52
Shearer, Andy Victorias 72

Goalkeeper AveragesEdit

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Arnton, Jack Victorias 1010.0
Norris, Jack Crystals 2201.0
Boon, G. Crystals 1101.0
Craven, J. Victorias 1101.0
Hutchinson, W. Montreal 4531.25
Arnton, Tom Victorias 61111.83
Norris, J. Crystals 1303.0
Shanks, A. McGill-Crystals 2703.5
Holden, D. McGill 1505.0

ReferencesEdit

  • Weir, Glen (1991). Ultimate Hockey. Stoddart Publishing. 
Preceded by
first
season
AHAC seasons
1887
Succeeded by
1888



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