The Stanley Cup has a complicated history, as its origins and meaning are tied to a variety of different people and events.
Some people consider it the greatest trophy in the world, while others consider it an artifact of the American way of life.
Regardless of how you feel about the Stanley Cup’s history, one thing is for sure: the first championship to be awarded in Canada was won by the Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa’s Stanley Cup win in 1917 was the first of many to come for the fledgling Canadian hockey team.
The city of Ottawa was the home of the Canadian Hockey League and the Senators were the first team to play in the city, and it was here that they won the first Stanley Cup in the country.
In a move that’s still held up to this day, the Senators won the Stanley in 1924 by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in the finals of the first Canadian championship in 1917.
The following year, the NHL expanded to Canada, and the game of hockey was reborn in Ottawa.
Since then, the game has become one of the most popular in the entire country.
While there’s a huge amount of nostalgia surrounding this particular era in Canadian sports history, the real story of the NHL in Ottawa is what led to the creation of the Ottawa Hockey League.
This first pro league was founded in 1917, and while the league itself has gone through a lot of changes, the essence of what it is still remains.
In 1917, the Ottawa team of the time, the Toronto Maroons, was the team that was slated to play the Montreal Canadiens in the inaugural game of the league.
The Toronto Maple Leaf’s team, the Boston Bruins, were also set to play, but were also slated to be a surprise team.
Despite being the only team of its time, there were still plenty of reasons to celebrate.
The Leafs had won the NHL championship the previous year, and were playing for the Stanley.
The Maple Leafs were the best team in the league at the time.
And the Leafs were going to make the playoffs for the first time in a decade, something they hadn’t done since their championship season in 1921.
While the Maple Leafs and Bruins were the two biggest surprises, the Montreal team that would ultimately become the Montreal Expos was the biggest surprise.
The Montreal Expo had just lost to the Toronto Leafs in a shootout, but had been one of Canada’s most dominant teams during the previous two seasons.
The Expos won the championship in 1924 and took home the Stanley, the first ever trophy to be won by an American team in Canada.
The next season, the Expos went on to win the NHL Championship for the third time in four seasons, and would go on to be an instant success in the sport of hockey.
Montreal won the Grey Cup the following season and took a step toward becoming a perennial contender in the National Hockey League, but was also facing off against the New York Rangers, a team that had won two Stanley Cups in four years.
The rivalry between the two teams would become so intense that it would continue to affect the entire sport of the sport.
In 1924, the Stanley was awarded to the Montreal Maple Leafs for the second time in as many years, and with the Canadiens losing to the Exps, the trophy would go back to being awarded to Montreal.
After winning the championship, the players of the Expo were asked to go back and watch the game against the Bruins and decide who would win the trophy.
As a result, they chose to go to Boston and see the game between the Leafs and Expos.
The first Stanley was given to the Leafs for their first game in Montreal in 1923.
However, it was the Bruins who would eventually win the Stanley for the next 20 years.
After being the first to win it in Toronto, the Bruins had the second and third Stanley Cups, while the Canadiens would take the last trophy.
The NHL went from a powerhouse in Montreal to a bottom feeder in Boston.
But the fact that the NHL would have the first and third trophies awarded to their hometown team in Montreal was a huge change for the sport in Canada, as it allowed the league to grow into a huge force in the United States.
When the NHL went into a decline in the 1970s and 1980s, the league went into an era of transition.
As the number of players, coaches and officials dropped and the players who were considered top-tier players in the game started to move to the American leagues, the number and quality of teams started to drop as well.
By the time the league finally went back to its roots in 1976, the games were shorter, the scoring was more physical, and teams were less skilled.
However the change didn’t happen overnight, and there were always some players that were left behind.
That’s when the Montreal Hockey League was born.
A new league was created in 1976 and with it, came a new way of watching the game.
For the first three years of the new league, there was one main goal: keep the game