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 1893-1897, with each team playing one another twice.
1898 was Season 12 of play for the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada and took place 125 years ago. This would be the final season of the AHAC as its member teams decided to form a new league, the Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL).
January 4, 1898 to March 5, 1898
# of Teams
Season Playoffs (Stanley Cup Challenges)
There were no Playoffs as the regular season winner was awarded to Cup.
Prior to the season, Victorias would play Ottawa Capitals of the Central Canada Hockey Association (CCHA) in a single-elimination game on December 27, 1897, winning 15–2. It was originally scheduled as the first best-of-three challenge, but the series ended after the first game because the Victorias clearly was the superior team with a 15–2 victory and the Ottawa team withdrew its challenge.