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Robert E MacDougall (Born 1875 in Montreal, Quebec Died, unknown) was a notable Canadian ice hockey player of the pre-NHL era of the sport. He played the position of forward for the Montreal Victorias and was a member of 5 Stanley cup winning teams.
Macdougall was the highest scoring forward before the 1900s in Stanley Cup play. Robert scored a confirmed total of 49 goals in 36 recorded games. Overshadowed today by the likes of fellow teammates and hall of famers Graham Drinkwater and Mike Grant, Robert was consistently one of the Montreal Victorias' highest scoring forwards. Later in life his career would take an approach to banking (working along side Hartland MacDougall of no relation) and he would leave the sport of hockey near the end of the Montreal Victorias' championship run .
Near the end of MacDougall's career he would generally only play championship games due to his work schedule. In his last season his career would end in some controversy. In the 1895 Stanley Cup final, with Montreal leading a total goal series with 4 goals to 2 against the Winnipeg Victorias, with about 12 minutes left in the game, MacDougall 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 assessed 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.
- Led league in scoring in 1895–96 (bold denotes league leader)
- Statistics do not include non-regular-season tournaments. Statistics for 1893–94 and 1896–97 are not fully available. Globe and Mail editions from 1897 indicate that Robert MacDougall played out the full season and is credited for scoring a minimum of 2 goals, perhaps more. Scoring summaries for most games were not published.
- ↑ Trail to the Stanley Cup vol. 1 by C. Coleman
- ↑ http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2007/03/1896-montreal-victorias-reclaim-stanley.html
- ↑ "Winnipeg's Story", The Globe, February 20, 1899, p. 10.
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