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The 1901 Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) season lasted from January 5 until March 5. Teams played an eight game schedule. The Ottawa Hockey Club was the league champion with a record of seven wins, no losses and a draw. The Montreal Shamrocks lost a Stanley Cup challenge during the season, so Ottawa did not inherit the Stanley Cup. The Club declined to challenge Winnipeg after the season.

League Business

Executive

  • George R. James, Montreal (President)
  • D. Watson, Quebec (1st Vice-President)
  • J. W. Smith, Ottawa ( 2nd Vice-President)
  • J. S. Bishop, Victorias (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • C. Hart (Councillor)

The league adopted travelling expenses of $85 between Ottawa-Montreal, $100 between Montreal-Quebec and $125 between Ottawa-Quebec for the visiting teams to receive from the home team.

The league banned member teams from playing exhibition matches outside the league without league permission.

Regular Season

Highlights

The Ottawa club would win the season, undefeated, with players Sixsmith, Westwick and Pulford starring.

Final Standing

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Ottawa Hockey Club
8
7
0
1
33
20
Montreal Victorias
8
4
3
1
45
32
Montreal Shamrocks
8
4
4
0
30
25
Montreal Hockey Club
8
3
5
0
28
37
Quebec Hockey Club
8
1
7
0
21
43

Although Ottawa won the league championship, the Shamrocks had lost their challenge to Winnipeg and Ottawa would not be awarded the Cup. At first, Ottawa was intending to challenge Winnipeg for the Cup, but on February 27, 1901 announced that they would not do so that winter. According to Coleman(1966), Ottawa did not issue a challenge due to the "lateness of the season." The Ottawa Journal as reported in The Globe suggested that the Ottawa club was wise in their decision, as they were in "racked condition in which they are, as a result of the immensely hard exertions put forth by them in all their games this season". The Ottawa Hockey Club did not challenge the following season, either.

Results

Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 5 Quebec 4 Ottawa 5
5 Montreal 2 Victorias 3
12 Ottawa 4 Shamrocks 2
16 Shamrocks 3 Montreal 2
19 Victorias 2 Ottawa 2 (10' overtime)
19 Quebec 4 Shamrocks 10
21 Montreal 7 Quebec 14
23 Victorias 4 Shamrocks 3
26 Ottawa 9 Montreal 3
Feb. 2 Montreal 3 Ottawa 5
2 Victorias 5 Quebec 6
9 Ottawa 5 Victorias 4
9 Shamrocks 2 Quebec 1
16 Shamrocks 1 Ottawa 2 (30' overtime)
16 Quebec 0 Montreal 4
20 Victorias 13 Montreal 3
23 Ottawa 1 Quebec 0 (20' overtime)
23 Montreal 3 Shamrocks 1
27 Shamrocks 8 Victorias 5
Mar. 2 Quebec 3 Victorias 9

‡ defaulted to Shamrocks

Goalkeeper Averages

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Chittick, Fred Ottawa 1 0 1 0.0
Lockerby, Archie Victorias 1 2 2.0
Hutton, John Bouse Ottawa 7 20 2.9
McKenna, James H. Shamrocks 8 25 3.1
O'Meara, Mark Quebec 1 4 4.0
Munro, Fred Victorias 7 30 4.3
Nicholson, Billy Montreal 8 37 4.6
Stocking, Frank Quebec 7 39 5.6

Leading scorers

Name Club GP G
Russell Bowie Victorias 7 24
Lorne Campbell Montreal 7 10
Arthur Farrell Shamrocks 8 10
Harold Henry Ottawa 8 8
Blair Russell Victorias 8 8
Arthur Sixsmith Ottawa 7 7
Harry Trihey Shamrocks 7 7
Charlie Liffiton Montreal 8 6
Harry Westwick Ottawa 7 6
Edward Stuart Victorias 5 6
Jack Smith Ottawa 4 6

Stanley Cup Challenges

Shamrocks vs. Winnipeg

In January 1901, the Winnipeg Victorias of the MHA again challenged the Montreal Shamrocks for the Cup. This time, Winnipeg prevailed, sweeping the best-of-three series with scores of 4–3 and 2–1. Game 2 was the first overtime game in Cup history with Dan Bain scoring at the four minute mark of the extra period.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location Notes
January 29, 1901 Winnipeg Victorias 4 – 3 Montreal Shamrocks Montreal Arena
January 31, 1901 Winnipeg Victorias 2 – 1 Montreal Shamrocks 4:00, OT
Winnipeg wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0
January 29
Winnipeg 4 at Shamrocks 3
Art Brown G James H. McKenna
Rod Flett P Mike Grant
Mangus Flett CP Frank Wall 1
Tony Gingras 1 F Harry Trihey
Dan Bain 1 F Jack P.Brannen 1
Charles Johnston F Fred Scanlon
Burke Wood 2 F Arthur Farrell 1
Fred Chadham sub
Referee - H. Baird
Umpires - A. McKerrow, R.Boon
January 31
Winnipeg 2 at Shamrocks 1
Art Brown G James H. McKenna
Rod Flett P Mike Grant
Magnus Flett CP Frank Wall
Tony Gingras F Harry Trihey 1
Dan Bain 2 F Jack P. Brannen
Charles Johnston F Fred Scanlon
Burke Wood F Arthur Farrell
Fred Chadham sub
Referee - H. Baird
Umpires - A. McKerrow, R. Boon

Winnipeg Victorias 1901 Stanley Cup champions

Roster

  Forwards
  • Tony Gingras
  • Charles Johnstone(also played rover)
  • Dan Bain (Captain)
  • Fred Cadman (also played Wing)
  • Burke Wood(rover)
  Defensemen
  Goaltenders
  • Art Brown


  Non-players
  • Jack Armytage (President), George Carruthers (Vice President)
  • Mark Hooper (Trainer), Ted Robinson (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Walter Pratt Jr. (Director)


Ted Robinson (Vice President), Water Pratt (Director), Mark Hopper (Trainer). (Full name of the Non-players come from Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame)


Team Photos

Game Ads

References

  • Coleman, Charles L. (1966). The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893–1926 inc.. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2004). Lord Stanley's Cup. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-55168-261-3. 


Preceded by
1900
CAHL seasons
1901
Succeeded by
1902
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