The Montreal Victorias wrapped up the AHA title on March 8, and, having unseated the Montreal AAA, were prepared to defend the Stanley Cup as league champions. However, trustees Sweetland and Ross had already agreed to a challenge match between the 1894 champion AAA club and Queen's University with the game set for March 9.
In what remains one of the most unusual Stanley Cup situations ever, Sweetland and Ross maintained that if the AAA defeated Queen's, the Vics would be declared champions, but if Queen's won, the trophy would pass out of the AHA for the first time and go to the university squad. The first challenge match in Stanley Cup history turned out to be a one-sided affair as the AAA won the game, and the Vics were awarded the trophy.
Clarence McKerrow, playing in place of the injured Billy Barlow, became the first "ringer" in Stanley Cup history and scored once for the AAA in a winning effort.
1894-95 - Montreal Victorias - Robert Jones, Harold Henderson, Mike Grant (captain), Shirley Davidson, Bob McDougall, Norman Rankin, Graham Drinkwater, Roland Elliot, William Pullan, Hartland McDougall, Art Fenwick, A. McDougall.
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