The Montreal AAA club captured the first Stanley Cup championship by virtue of finishing atop of the AHA standings with a record of 7-1-0. The Ottawa Generals finished second with a 6-2-0 mark. Once the AAA had been declared the official holders of the Stanley Cup, under the rules laid out by Lord Stanley, any Canadian hockey team could challenge for the trophy, but no team dared. Consequently, the silver bowl donated for hockey supremacy remained in Montreal.
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