On December 8, 1886, the teams that made up the circuit for the Montreal Winter Carnival (MWC) decided to create a stand-alone hockey league that did not coincide with the popular winter festival. The league was called the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) and was made up by the Montreal Hockey Club, McGill University, Montreal Crystals, Montreal Victorias, and the Ottawa Hockey Club.
The AHAC was the first league dedicated to Hockey attracting the game’s best players, following the format established by Baseball’s National League. The biggest difference was that the AHAC was purely Amateur.
The AHAC decided to return to the balanced schedule format from 1888 and 1893-1896, with each team playing one another twice.
1897 was Season 11 of play for the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada and took place 126 years ago.
January 9, 1897 to March 6, 1897
# of Teams
Season Playoffs (Stanley Cup Challenges)
There were no Playoffs as the regular season winner was awarded to Cup.