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Donated on March 16, 1901 by the Governor-General of Canada, Sir Gilbert John Murray Kynynmond Elliot, 4th Earl of Minto, the Minto Cup was awarded to the senior amateur lacrosse champions of Canada.


It would go on to win the Allan Cup in 1930, the successor of the Stanley Cup as the trophy given to Canadian amateur hockey champions. The MAAA was split on whether to accept the trophy.In 1932, the club would leave the MAAA association and become the Montreal Royals, eventually becoming a 'semi-professional' team in the Quebec Senior Hockey League. The hockey club was adamant about refusing the trophy, while other arms of the MAAA accepted.Prior to the Club's formal organization, a group of hockey enthusiasts from the 'Montreal Football Club' would play as the 'Montreal Hockey Club', as far back as 1877. Thus, the trophy was accepted by the MAAA, but with none of the hockey officials of the hockey club present.The team was the first to win the Stanley Cup, in 1893, and subsequently refused the cup over a dispute with the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association. The team played its first game on January 20, 1885 against Mc Gill University, The club would be a founding member of the Montreal-based Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) in 1886.The club is variously known as 'Montreals', 'Montreal AAA' and 'Winged wheel' in literature. The team held the Amateur Hockey Association title from 1888 until 1894.Originally restricted to amateurs, within three years the first under-the-table professional teams were already competing for it.

After 1904, with efforts to keep the professionals out of competition proving to be futile, it was made open to all challengers.

Baxter carried his mother up the grand staircase to lifeboat 6.

As he put his mother into the boat he handed her a sterling silver flask of brandy, and she began to complain about his drinking. ” he asked, Au revoir, bon espoir vous-autres.” (Goodbye and keep your spirits up everyone.) Berthe Mayn didn’t want to get into the boat without him, but Molly Brown convinced her to do so.

The team played in several early ice hockey leagues, including the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada from 1886 until 1898, winning its championship seven times. After the AHAC disbanded in 1898, the club continued in the Canadian Amateur Hockey League, winning the league title in 1902.

The team competed in purely amateur leagues until 1906. The Stanley Cup, as it would later be known, was to be presented to the Montreal Hockey Club on May 15, 1893, as its initial champions.

On October 11, 1932, the directors of the MAAA announced the turning over of the hockey club in its entirety to E. Hamilton and Ogilvie at a meeting of the Province of Quebec Hockey Association. Following the game the Stanley Cup was the awarded to Montreal Victorias as 1895 AHAC Regular Season Champions.