Hockey Canada History

History (Part 3)

Amateur clubs in Canada have the opportunity to play for many fine trophies, the most historic being the Allan Cup, emblematic of the Senior Championship of Canada, and the OHA Memorial Cup, for the Junior Championship of Canada. The Allan Cup, in continuous competition since 1908, has been retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a full sized replica is now used for presentations. The Memorial Cup has been in continuous competition since being donated by the OHA in 1919 and today this national competition has become one of the classics in our sport.

Over the years other trophies have been donated to the Association and a complete history of all trophies can be found elsewhere on the Web site. The history of the competition for the trophies is carried annually as an appendix to the C.H.A. Rule Book.

The Silver Jubilee of the Association was marked with appropriate ceremony at the Annual Meeting of 1939, which fittingly was held in Winnipeg, the site of the first Annual Meeting in 1915.

Another milestone in the history of the Association occurred in 1964 when its Golden Jubilee was observed. This Jubilee was held in the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, where the meeting which led to the formation of the Association in 1914, was held. On the occasion of this Jubilee, a special commemorative bronze plaque was unveiled in the lobby of the Chateau Laurier.. For this occasion, CHA delegates were joined by many representatives from other spheres in our sport, including the international field, professional hockey, and the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States observed the occasion at the same time and in the same location.

In its early years the Association established and maintained a very strict code of amateurism, but this has changed considerably with times down through the years. One of the first relaxations of the early, Victorian idea of amateurism, occurred in 1933 when provision was made to permit amateur players to try out with professional clubs under very strict conditions.

In 1935 a committee was appointed to consider methods of liberalizing the definition of an amateur and the committee brought in a four-point proposal which provided that a player's amateur status should not be injured if he received payment for loss of time while playing hockey; a position as a result of his playing ability; if he took part in an exhibition game against a professional club or players; or, if he were a professional in another line of sport. This brought on a very considerable controversy with the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada, with which the Association was then affiliated, with the result that in 1936 all links between the two organizations were broken.

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