- Federal Amateur Hockey League
Infobox sports league
founded = 1903
inaugural = 1904
folded = 1909
country = CAN
Renfrew Creamery Kings
most_champs = several teams won it onceThe Federal Amateur Hockey League was a Canadian men's senior-level
ice hockeyleague that played six seasons from 1904 to 1909. The league was a professional league for its last two years and was known as the "Federal Hockey League."
The league was formed December 5, 1903, at a meeting held at the Savoy hotel in Montreal.
The first executive officers were:
* W. Foran, Ottawa Capitals
* W. Fizgibbon, Cornwall
* A. Meunier, Nationals
* J. Strachan, Wanderers.
The first franchises were granted to the Wanderers, the Capitals, Cornwall and the Nationals.Three of the four teams had been rejected for membership by the
Canadian Amateur Hockey League(CAHL), while the fourth—the Montreal Wanderers—was comprised of disillusioned players from two Montreal-based CAHL teams. Only the Cornwall team would still be a member of the league at the end of the 1906–07 season.
Stanley Cup-champion Ottawa HC, aka "Ottawa Silver Seven" jumped from the CAHL to the FAHL for the 1904–05 season, while the Montreal Nationals went in the opposite direction and joined the CAHL.
The 1906–07 season ended early following the death of Owen McCourt of Cornwall, after an on-ice brawl in a game March 6, 1907 between Cornwall and the Ottawa Victorias. This led to criminal charges of
manslaughteragainst Charles Masson of the Victorias, however he was acquitted as witnesses stated at the trial that other Ottawa hockey players had hit Mr. McCourt in the head prior to Mr. Masson's blow.
In 1907-08 the Federal League returned with only three teams, all professional. Brockville, unable to field a competitive team hired the
Renfrew Creamery Kingsclub to play as the Brockville entry. This was unacceptable to the Ottawa Victorias, which refused to play the Renfrew players, causing the league to suspend operations.
The final season of 1908-09 saw Renfrew become a member of the league on its own. Ottawa's entry, called the Senators, was organized by former players of the
Ottawa Hockey Club, such as Alf Smith, Bouse Hutton, Arthur Mooreand Rat Westwickwho no longer played for the first team. [cite news |work=The Globe |title=New Ottawa "Pro" Team |date=December 24, 1908 |page=7]
The league dissolved in 1909, with Renfrew joining the
National Hockey Association.
† Stanley Cup winner
Canadian Amateur Hockey League
Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association
List of Stanley Cup champions
List of pre-NHL seasons
List of ice hockey leagues
*cite book | author=Coleman, Charles L | title=The Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol. 1, 1893-1926 inc.
*Citation | newspaper = La Patrie | pages = 2 | year = 1905 | date = January 23, 1905 ("Les Montagnards de Montréal ... sont allés rencontrer les Cornwall chez eux samedi ... le score étant de 4 à 2 pour l'équipe locale."
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