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The 1903 Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) season lasted from January 3 until February 28. Teams played an eight game schedule. Ottawa and Montreal Victorias tied for the league championship with records of six wins and two losses.

League Business


  • Harry Trihey, Shamrocks (President)
  • P. M. Butler, Ottawa (1st Vice-President)
  • A. D. Scott, Quebec ( 2nd Vice-President)
  • Fred McRobie, Montreal (Secretary-Treasurer)

It was decided that league champions would not play for the Stanley Cup until after the season. If a challenge was ordered by the Cup trustees Montreal would default the Cup. A challenge was ordered by the Trustees and Montreal eventually agreed to play Winnipeg in January during regular season play.

This season saw the loss of several players to the new International Hockey League in the U.S., including Charles Liffiton, Hod Stuart, Eddie Hogan.



This season saw several impressive rookies including Frank McGee and Art Moore for Ottawa.

The season would be a two team race between Montreal Victorias and Ottawa, splitting their matches between each other. The season ended in a tie, which necessitated a playoff, won by Ottawa to win their first Stanley Cup. At the other end of the standing, Shamrocks did not win any games.

Final Standing

Team Games Played Wins Losses Ties Goals For Goals Against
Ottawa Hockey Club
Montreal Victorias
Montreal Hockey Club
Quebec Hockey Club
Montreal Shamrocks


Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 3 Victorias 4 Ottawa 3
3 Shamrocks 0 Montreal 10
10 Ottawa 6 Shamrocks 1
10 Victorias 11 Quebec 5
17 Montreal 1 Ottawa 7
17 Quebec 5 Shamrocks 3
21 Montreal 5 Victorias 2
24 Ottawa 6 Quebec 8
24 Victorias 12 Shamrocks 7
31† Quebec Montreal
Feb. 4 Shamrocks 2 Ottawa 5
7 Quebec 7 Montreal 6
7 Ottawa 9 Victorias 3
11 Montreal 7 Quebec 3
14 Victorias 3 Shamrocks 10
14 Quebec 6 Ottawa 1
21 Montreal 3 Shamrocks 1
21 Ottawa 4 Montreal 5
25 Montreal 2 Victorias 3
28 Quebec 1 Victorias 3

† Postponed and not played.

Goalkeeper Averages

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Lockerby, Archie Victorias 3 6 2.0
Nicholson, Billy Montreal 7 19 1 2.7
Hutton, John Bouse Ottawa 8 26 2 3.3
Nichol, Jim Victorias 5 27 5.4
Moran, Paddy Quebec 7 46 6.6
O'Reilly, P. Shamrocks 8 56 7.0

Scoring Leaders

Name Club GP G
Bowie, Russell Victorias 7 22
McGee, Frank Ottawa 6 14
Jordan, Herb Quebec 7 12
Gilmour, Billy Ottawa 7 10
Hooper, Art Montreal 6 9
Marshall, Jack Montreal 7 8
Russell, Blair Victorias 8 7
Gilmour, Dave Ottawa 4 7
Gilmour, Suddy Ottawa 7 7
Bright, J. Shamrocks 8 7


Ottawa and Victorias played a two-game total-goals series.

March 7
Ottawa 1 at Victorias 1
John Hutton G Archie Lockerby
Harvey Pulford P Billy Strachan
Arthur Moore CP George Fairbank 1
Harry Westwick R Russell Bowie
Frank McGee C Bert Strachan 1
Billy Gilmour RW Charles Allan
Suddy Gilmour 1 LW Blair Russell
Dave Gilmour C-Sub
Referee - Harry Trihey
March 10
Victorias 0 at Ottawa 8
Archie Lockerby G John Hutton
Billy Strachan P Harvey Pulford
George Fairbank CP Arthur Moore
Bert Strachan R Frank McGee 3
Russell Bowie C Dave Gilmour 2
Blair Russell LW Billy Gilmour 1
Charles Allan 1 RW Suddy Gilmour 2
Referee - P. Quinn

Stanley Cup Challenges

Winnipeg vs. Montreal

Another Montreal HC vs. Winnipeg Victorias best-of-three challenge series was held in early 1903. In game one, defending champion Montreal defeated Winnipeg, 8–1. game two was the first Stanley Cup challenge match to be replayed. Both teams skated to a 2–2 tie before the game had to be suspended at 27:00 of overtime because of a midnight curfew. It was then decided to discard the result and replay game two two days later. In the rescheduled contest, the Victorias won, 4–2, to even the series. However, Montreal won the decisive game three, 4–1, to retain the Cup.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
January 29, 1903 Montreal HC 8 – 1 Winnipeg Victorias Montreal Arena
January 31, 1903 Suspended at 27:00 of overtime due to curfew and the 2–2 tie was discarded
February 2, 1903 Winnipeg Victorias 4 – 2 Montreal HC
February 4, 1903 Montreal HC 4 – 1 Winnipeg Victorias
Montreal wins best-of-three series 2 games to 1

Rat Portage vs. Ottawa

Ottawa defeated the Rat Portage Thistles 6–2, 4–2 (10–4) in a two-game, total goals series in Ottawa, March 12–14, 1903.

As the new CAHL and Cup champions, the Ottawas accepted a challenge from the Rat Portage Thistles of the Manitoba & Northwestern Hockey Association (MNWHA). Entering the best-of-three challenge series, the Thistles were younger and quicker than Ottawa; only one player on the Thistles was over the age of 20. However, poor soft ice conditions in Ottawa played a major factor as Ottawa swept the series with scores of 6–2 and 4–2.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 12, 1903 Ottawa 6 – 2 Rat Portage Thistles Dey's Arena
March 14, 1903 Ottawa 4 – 2 Rat Portage Thistles
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0
March 12
Rat Portage 2 at Ottawa 6
Rutherford G John Hutton
Mat Brown P Harvy Pulford
Tom Hooper CP Arthur Moore
Si Griffis R Dave Gilmour 1
Billy McGimsie 2 C Frank McGee 2
Bill Martin LW Billy Gilmour 3
Roxy Beaudro RW Suddy Gilmour
Referee- Harry Trihey
March 14
Rat Portage 2 at Ottawa 4
Rutherford G John Hutton
Mat Brown P Harvey Pulford
Tom Hooper CP Dave Gilmour 1
Si Griffis R Frank McGee 2
Billy McGimsie 1 C Percy Sims 1
Bill Martin RW Billy Gilmour
Roxy Beaudro 1 LW Suddy Gilmour
Referee- Chauncy Kirby

For their win, the Ottawa players would each receive a silver nugget. From that point on the team would also be known as the Silver Seven.

Montreal H.C. February 1903 Stanley Cup champions


  • Billy Bellingham (point)
  • Dickie Boon (coverpoint-captain)
  • Tom Hodges (point-coverpoint)

  • C.C. Chitty† (President), Clarence McKerrow (Manager), D. Browne (Coach),
  • H.C. Dewitt† (Secretary-Treasurer), A. Lefbvre† (Trainer)
  • Frank A.C. Bicherdike (Director), George R. James (Director),

† Unknown first names (From Montreal H.C. 1903 team picture found at Heritage Auctions)

Ottawa Hockey Club March 1903 Stanley Cup champions



  • Alf Smith did not play for Ottawa in 1903. However he was playing-coach for Ottawa Silver Sevens next 3 Stanley Cup winning seasons.

Team Photos

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See Also


  • 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. 
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