|Sport ice hockey|
Champion Montreal Victorias
|Dates 3 Jan 1896 – 7 Mar 1896|
Number of teams 5
|League Amateur Hockey Association of Canada|
Duration January 3, 1896 – March 7, 1896
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The 1896 Amateur Hockey Association of Canada season was the tenth season of play of the league. Each team played eight games, and Montreal Victorias were first with a 7–1 record. During the season, on February 14 the Victorias hosted a Stanley Cup challenge match with the Winnipeg Victorias club. Winnipeg won 2–0 to win the Cup.
The Crystals were allowed to change their name to Shamrocks, which matched their new affiliation with the Shamrock A.A.A.
The Victorias were truly the class of the league and only lost once, 3–2 to Ottawa. Their regular season team goal total was nearly double that of Ottawa.
There were no playoffs as Montreal won first place exclusively.
After the season, Montreal and Shamrocks played an exhibition series of games in the United States:
The Montreal Victorias travelled to New York City for an exhibition against the New York Athletic Club. The Athletic Club records the date as March 4, (although the date conflicts with an AHAC game), won by the Vics 6–1.
Victorias vs. Winnipeg at Montreal
The first successful challenge to the Cup came in February 1896 by the Winnipeg Victorias, the champions of the Manitoba Hockey Association (MHA). On February 14, Winnipeg beat defending champion Montreal Victorias, 2–0, becoming the first team outside the AHAC to win the Cup. Winnipeg took a 2–0 lead in the first half of the game on goals by Armytage and Campbell, then played on the defensive in the second half.
Stanley Cup engraving
Schedule and results
† Birthday of the Champion.
Note: GP = Games played, GA = Goals against, SO = Shutouts, GAA = Goals against average