The 1897 Amateur Hockey Association of Canada season lasted from January 9 until March 6. Each team played 8 games, and Montreal Victorias were again first with a 7–1 record, retaining the Stanley Cup. The club won the Stanley Cup back from the Winnipeg Victorias prior to the season. This was their third-straight league championship.
- J. A. Findlay, Montreal (President)
- J. H. Dunbar, Quebec (1st. Vice-Pres.)
- W. C. Young, Ottawa (2nd. Vice-Pres.)
At the annual meeting on December 12, 1896, the secretary reported that the association had lost all of its records in a fire, except for its minutes.
- No more than a 15 minute delay during a game
- No raising the stick above the shoulder except for 'lifting.'
- Executives were given the power to suspend club or player for foul play.
- Protests of games had to be made within two days.
Clare McKerrow of Montreal HC set a new record with six goals in the opening game against Quebec on January 9.
|Team||Games Played||Wins||Losses||Ties||Goals For||Goals Against|
|Montreal Victorias|| || || || || || |
|Ottawa|| || || || || || |
|Montreal|| || || || || || |
|Quebec|| || || || || || |
|Montreal Shamrocks|| || || || || || |
† Protested by Ottawa who scored the tying goal in last few seconds but the goal was disallowed by the referee. The protest was upheld and the game replayed.
‡ Replay of January 30 protested game.
|Swift, Arthur E.||Quebec||8||6|
Stanley Cup challengesEdit
Victorias vs. Winnipeg at WinnipegEdit
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|December 30, 1896||Montreal Victorias||6 – 5||Winnipeg Victorias||Granite Rink, Winnipeg|
|Gordon Lewis||G||George Merritt|
|Harold Henderson||P||Rod Flett|
|Mike Grant||CP||Charles Johnstone|
|Robert McDougall||F||Colin "Tote" Campbell|
|Grham Drinkwater||1||F||Jack Armitage||1|
|Shirley Davidson||2||F||Attie Howard||2|
|Ernest McLea||3||F||Dan Bain||2|
Referee - W. C. Young, Ottawa
Umpires - A. Shearer, Montreal; D. Clark, Winnipeg
Members of Montreal Victorias who won the Stanley Cup on December 30, 1896Edit
W. Jack (President), Fred Meredith (Hon President), F.H. Wilson (Hon Vice President), P.M. Desterneak (Secretary/Treasurer), G.R. Hooper(Director).
Stanley Cup engraving
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- Winnipeg Feb 20th
Montreal Victorias 1897 Stanley Cup championsEdit
- W. Jack(President), Fred Meredith (Hon. President), W. Grant (Vice President), F.H. Wilson (Hon. Vice President), P.M. Desterneck (Secretary/Treasurer)
Stanley Cup Champions
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