It begins Dec. 4, 1914, when 21 stakeholders in the game from across the country – from New Westminster, B.C., to Montreal – gather at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association is formed to oversee the amateur game at a national level, and the Allan Cup, donated by Montreal banker and steamship line owner Sir H. Montague Allan, C.V.O. in 1908, is selected as the championship trophy of amateur hockey. Allan Cup trustee William Northey is selected as the first chairman of the CAHA, and Dr. W.F. Taylor is the first president.
The decade begins with Canada’s first success on the international stage; the Winnipeg Falcons win the first-ever Olympic hockey gold medal, albeit at the Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium. A second and third gold would come at the first two Olympic Winter Games, in Chamonix, France in 1924 and St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1928. The CAHA continues to grow, with the addition of the Ottawa and District Amateur Hockey Association in 1920, and Maritime Amateur Hockey Association – comprising New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – in 1928.
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