The 1904 Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL) season lasted from January 2 until February 24. Teams played an eight game schedule. This was a tumultuous year as Ottawa resigned in February and defaulted four games.

Also, prior to the start of the season a rival hockey league, the Federal Amateur Hockey League was started, with the Montreal Wanderers taking most of the 'Little Men of Iron' from the Montreal Hockey Club.

League BusinessEdit


  • Harry Trihey, Shamrocks (President)
  • F. Stocking, Quebec (1st Vice-President)
  • J. P. Dickson ( 2nd Vice-President)
  • Fred McRobie, Montreal (Secretary-Treasurer)

As the Wanderers had signed players from Montreal, it was forbidden for teams to play games against FAHL teams, and for team officials to participate in FAHL activities.



This season saw several impressive rookies including Frank Patrick for Montreal Victorias, Ernie (Moose) Johnson for Montreal and Alf Smith and Jim McGee for Ottawa.

The season started out with Ottawa winning their first four games. However, in their third game against the Victorias, the Ottawa team arrived 1 1/2 hours late. The game was called at midnight, with Ottawa ahead 4–1. After a game where the Shamrocks arrived late in Ottawa, the League levied fines against the Shamrocks and Ottawa, and ordered the Ottawa-Victorias game to be replayed. Despite a threat from Mr. Dickson of Ottawa that Ottawa would resign if the game was to be replayed, the League continued to demand that the game be played. The Ottawa club offered to play it if it had a bearing on the league championship, but this was not acceptable to the league. In the end, Ottawa resigned from the league and the league considered the final four games to be forfeits.

This overshadowed a great season from Quebec, which won the season with a record of 7–1 (2 wins by forfeit) and tried to claim that the Cup belonged to the CAHL season winner. The Cup trustees decided that the Cup went with Ottawa.

Final StandingEdit

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

Resigned from league.


Month Day Visitor Score Home Score
Jan. 2 Victorias 18 Shamrocks 2
2 Montreal 3 Quebec 9
9 Victorias 6 Ottawa 10
9 Quebec 13 Shamrocks 5
16 Ottawa 8 Montreal 3
16 Victorias 12 Quebec 5
20 Montreal 8 Shamrocks 3
23 Victorias 8 Montreal 5
30† Ottawa 4 Victorias 1
30 Shamrocks 6 Quebec 8
Feb. 6 Shamrocks 5 Ottawa 10
6 Quebec 6 Montreal 4
13 Victorias 12 Shamrocks 7
17 Montreal 5 Shamrocks 4
20 Quebec 9 Victorias 7
24 Montreal 6 Victorias 11
- Montreal Ottawa
- Ottawa Montreal
- Quebec Ottawa
- Ottawa Quebec

† Ordered to be replayed but never replayed as Ottawa resigned from league.

Goalkeeper AveragesEdit

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Hutton, John Bouse Ottawa 4 15 3.8
Nichol, J. Victorias 8 48 6.0
Moran, Paddy Quebec 6 37 6.2
Waugh, O. Montreal 5 32 6.4
Brophy, Fred Montreal 1 8 8.0
Kenny Shamrocks 4 35 8.8
Price Montreal 1 9 9.0
Cloran Shamrocks 3 39 13.0

Scoring LeadersEdit

Name Club GP G
Bowie, Russell Victorias 8 27
Jordan, Herb Quebec 6 19
Russell, Blair Victorias 8 17
Howard, Cavey Victorias 6 16
McGee, Frank Ottawa 4 12
Sargent, Grover Montreal 6 11
Power, Joe Quebec 6 10
Coulson, Herbert Montreal 6 8
Smith, Alf Ottawa 4 8
Foulis, C. Shamrocks 6 7

Stanley Cup ChallengesEdit

For more details on this topic, see 1903–04 Ottawa Hockey Club season.

Ottawa would leave the CAHL in mid-season, leaving Quebec to win the league. The CAHL league officials demanded that the Stanley Cup should stay with the CAHL, but the trustees ruled that it went with the Ottawas. Quebec would not challenge Ottawa.

Winnipeg vs. OttawaEdit

Before Ottawa resigned from the CAHL, Ottawa defended the Cup against the Winnipeg Rowing Club in a best two-of-three series played in Ottawa 9–1,2–6,2–0 (2–1).

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
December 30, 1903Ottawa 9–1Winnipeg Rowing ClubAberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa
January 1, 1904Winnipeg Rowing Club6–2Ottawa
January 4, 1904Ottawa 2–0Winnipeg Rowing Club
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 1

Toronto vs. OttawaEdit

Next, Ottawa would defeat the Ontario Hockey Association champion Toronto Marlboros in a two-game total-goals series, played in Ottawa, 6–3,11–2 (17–5).

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
February 23, 1904Ottawa 6–3Toronto MarlborosAberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa
February 25, 1904Ottawa 11–2Toronto Marlboros
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0

Wanderers vs. OttawaEdit

Ottawa was committed to play a two-game series with the Federal Amateur Hockey League champion Montreal Wanderers, and played the first game in Montreal to a tie of 5–5. Montreal refused to play overtime, and refused to play a second two-game series, ordered by the trustees to be held in Ottawa.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 2, 1904Ended in a 5–5 tieMontreal Arena
Ottawa wins series; Montreal is disqualified for refusing to play games in Ottawa

Brandon vs. OttawaEdit

To finish the season, Ottawa played a series with Brandon Wheat Cities, champions of the Manitoba & Northwestern Hockey Association. Ottawa would win the two-game series 6–3, 9–3 (15–6), held in Ottawa on March 9–11.

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Location
March 9, 1904Ottawa 6–3Brandon Wheat CitiesAberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa
March 11, 1904Ottawa 9–3Brandon Wheat Cities
Ottawa wins best-of-three series 2 games to 0

Ottawa Hockey Club 1904 Stanley Cup championsEdit




Stanley Cup Engraving

Cyclone Taylor scratched 'Fred W. Taylor' over the official engraving of '1904 Ottawa'.[1]

Team PhotosEdit

Game AdsEdit

See alsoEdit


  • 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. 
  • Shea, Kevin; Wilson, John Jason (2006). Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup. Fenn Publishing Company, Ltd.. ISBN 1551682818. 
  1. Shea and Wilson(2006), pg. 430
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