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1896 (February)

 

The first east-west confrontation in Stanley Cup history pitted the defending Montreal Victorias against the Winnipeg Victorias, champions of the Manitoba Hockey League (MHL).

"Whitey" Merritt, the Winnipeg netminder, introduced the first set of goalie pads in Stanley Cup history to the Montrealers when he skated onto to the ice with a pair of white cricket pads and proceeded to register a shutout. Dan Bain scored the Cup-winning goal midway through the game, and C.J. Campbell added the other.

1895-96 - (Feb.) - Winnipeg Victorias - G.H. Merritt, Rod Flett, Fred Higginbotham, Jack Armitage (captain), C.J. (Tote) Campbell, Dan Bain, Charles Johnstone, H. Howard.

SCORES

Feb. 14 Wpg. Victorias 2 at Mtl. Victorias 0

Quote of the Day

Because of the way they play and their skill set I don't think they're fourth-line players, so in my mind I'm looking at one of those guys I'll have to move over to the wing.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on his four-player battle for second-line center