The Canadian Hockey Association was a professional league. It was founded in 1909 as the result of a dispute within the Eastern Canada Hockey Association, but was the loser of the dispute. The league survived only a few weeks of play in January 1910 before teams left the league, causing its dissolution. The league held the Stanley Cup as the reigning champion Ottawa Hockey Club was a founding member of the league.
The CHA was formed by three teams from the Eastern Canada Hockey Association: Ottawa, Quebec, and the Montreal Shamrocks. They wanted to form a new league after the Montreal Wanderers of the ECHA were sold to new owners that wanted to move the club to the smaller Jubilee Arena. The CHA rejected applications from Wanderers and other teams who then formed their own league, the National Hockey Association (NHA). New teams in the league were All-Montreal, organized by former Wanderers captain Art Ross, and the francophone Montreal Le National.
The backers of the NHA included some very successful businessmen who had much deeper pockets than the CHA owners. The CHA folded on January 15, 1910, after only a handful of games were played. Ottawa and the Shamrocks were immediately absorbed into the NHA, while Quebec joined the league for the 1910–11 season.
During its brief season, the Ottawa Senators won a Stanley Cup challenge against Galt, champions of the Ontario Professional Hockey League(OPHL). For this, and a challenge during the NHA season, the Senators are considered co-champions of the Stanley Cup in 1910.
Play started on December 30. After a few games it was clear that fan interest was not there as only 800 fans were recorded for the game between the Nationals and the Shamrocks.
A meeting with the NHA on January 15, 1910 was planned to consider amalgamation with the CHA, but amalgamation was not discussed. Instead the NHA admitted Ottawa and the Shamrocks. The Le National were offered the franchise of Les Canadiens, but declined. No invitation was offered to All-Montreal and Quebec. The CHA ceased operations.
Stanley Cup ChallengesEdit
During the CHA season, Ottawa as Cup champion played one challenge in addition to their regular schedule:
Ottawa vs. GaltEdit
|Date||Winning Team||Score||Losing Team||Location|
|January 5, 1910||Ottawa Hockey Club||12–3||Galt||The Arena|
|January 7, 1910||Ottawa Hockey Club||3–1||Galt|
|Ottawa wins total goals series 15 goals to 4|
|Referee - R. Bowie|
|Referee - Patrick & Spittal|
Ottawa Hockey Club, January 1910 Stanley Cup ChampionsEdit
- Thomas D'arcy McGee (President)†, Llewellyn Bates (Vice President)†
- Pete Green (Coach)†, Patrick Basketville (Treasurer)†
- Martin Rosenthal (Secretary)†, Mac McGilton (Trainer)†
- Charles Sparks†, Charles Bryson†, Dave Mulligan† (Directors)
- Perciville Buttler†, Charles Irvin† (Directors)
†known non-playing members of 1910 Ottawa Hockey Club. No team picture of Ottawa in 1910 has been found.
Stanley Cup engraving
Ottawa engraved "Ottawa 1910" and "OTTAWA vs GALT/OTTAWA vs EDMONTON".
Ottawa Hockey Club
|Ottawa Hockey Club|
Stanley Cup Champions
| Succeeded by|
1909 ECHA season
| Succeeded by|
1910 NHA season
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