|1888 AHAC season|
|League||Amateur Hockey Association of Canada|
|Duration||January 13, 1888 – March 12, 1888|
|Number of teams||4|
|Champion||Montreal Hockey Club|
The 1888 AHAC season was the second season of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada. Play was in a series format. The Montreal Hockey Club would win a playoff against the Montreal Victorias to win the Canadian championship for the first time.
The league at its annual meeting of November 9, 1887, decided to change the method of play for the season to a 'series' between the teams of the AHAC. Each team would play every other team twice. Ottawa did not attend and did not participate in the season.
- President: J. J. Arnton, Victorias
- 1st Vice president: J. A. Stewart, Montreal
- 2nd Vice president: H. A. Budden, McGill
- Secretary-treasurer: W. E. Stenvenson, Victorias
- Council: A. L. Shanks, McGill; D. A. Elliott, Crystals; A. Shearer, Victorias; L. Barlow, Montreal
Source: Kitchen 2000, p. 11
Ottawa would not return this season to challenge.
|Team||Games Played||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals For||Goals Against|
|Montreal Hockey Club†|
† National Champion
- March 15 - Montreal HC 2, Montreal Victorias 1, at Crystal Rink
The playing of the game was tarnished with some scandal. The AHAC council convened to set the date of the playoff. Two players for the Victorias, Ashe and J. J. Arnton Jr. were injured, and the council set the date for the playoff before the players were recovered. The deciding vote for the date was cast by J. Stewart, who played for the Montreal HC team. Hodgson of Montreal scored the first goal at 4½ minutes, followed two minutes by a goal of Campbell for the Vics. 5½ minutes later Hodgson lifted a shot past Arnton in the Vic's goal to put Montreal ahead to stay. The Vics protested that the goal was off-side to no avail. There was no more scoring in the match. The Montreal Daily Herald reporter praised referee Hamilton of the McGill Club, noting that both side broke the off-side rule often.
Schedule and results
|January 13||Montreal Hockey Club||4||Montreal Crystals||1||Crystal Rink|
|January 18||Montreal Victorias||8||McGill||1||Victoria Rink|
|January 23||Montreal HC||5||McGill||0||Crystal Rink|
|January 27||Montreal Victorias||3||Montreal Crystals||1||Crystal Rink|
|February 3||Montreal Victorias||3||Montreal HC||1||Victoria Rink|
|February 10||Montreal Crystals||4||McGill||1||Crystal Rink|
|February 15||Montreal HC||3||Montreal Crystals||1||Crystal Rink|
|February 22||Montreal Victorias||6||McGill||2||Crystal Rink|
|February 27||Montreal HC||2||Montreal Victorias||1||Crystal Rink|
|March 2||Montreal HC||8||McGill||0||Crystal Rink|
|March 7||Montreal Victorias||3||Montreal Crystals||2||Victoria Rink|
|March 12||Montreal Crystals||9||McGill||0||Crystal Rink|
Source: "Before the Trail of the Stanley Cup"
Note: GP = Games played, GA = Goals against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals against average
Montreal HC 1888 AHAC champions
- Findlay, J.,
- Hodgson, A., (also played coverpoint)
- Hodgson, W.,
- Low, G.S.,
- Cameron, A.,
- McNaughton, A.
- Stewart, J.A.
- Paton, T.L.
Source: Kitchen 2000, p. 11
- Kitchen 2000, p. 11.
- "Sporting Intelligence", Montreal Daily Herald, March 16, 1888, p. 8.
- Weir, Glen (1991). Ultimate Hockey. Stoddart Publishing.
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