This article is about the senior level hockey league which played during the 1896-97 season. For the forerunner of Hockey Eastern Ontario please see Central Canada Hockey Association (governing body)
The league was in direct competition with the senior level of the Ottawa City Hockey League (OCHL) which had been organized in 1890 by the Ottawa Hockey Association (owners of the Ottawa Hockey Club).
After winning the CCHA championship in 1897, the Capitals challenged the Montreal Victorias for the Stanley Cup, but abandoned their challenge after only one game of a projected best-of-three, after losing 15-2. The club then joined the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) intermediate division and won the 1898 intermediate championship.
|Brockville Hockey Club||Brockville, Ontario||1896-1897||join OHA Sr League for 1897-1898|
|Cornwall Hockey Club||Cornwall, Ontario||Victoria Arena (Cornwall)||1896-1897||join OHA Sr League for 1897-1898|
|Ottawa Capitals||Ottawa, Ontario||Dey's Arena||1896-1897||join Amateur Hockey Association of Canada's Intermediate League for 1897-1898|
- 1/16: Cornwall - Ottawa 6:5
- 1/23: Cornwall - Brockville 2:1
- 1/27: Brockville - Ottawa 4:1
- 2/3: Ottawa - Brockville 11:1
- 2/26: Brockville - Cornwall 6:2
- 2/27: Ottawa - Cornwall 13:2
|Brockville Hockey Club||4||2||2||0||4|
|Cornwall Hockey Club||4||2||2||0||4|
- 3/13: Cornwall - Brockville Forfeit
- 3/17: Ottawa - Cornwall 3:2
The Capitals won a playoff series to break the three-way tie and win the league title.
- Zweig, Eric (2012). Stanley Cup: 120 years of hockey supremacy. Firefly Books.
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