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Montreal AAA
1901-02Mar

The Montreal AAA club captured the Canadian Amateur Hockey League championship with their 3-0 victory over the Montreal Shamrocks on February 26th and quickly a challenge was sent to the Winnipeg Victorias, the defending Cup champions, and a best-of-three series was set for mid-March. The first game was played in atrocious conditions with pools of water on various portions of the ice, yet, the fans showed up in droves, packing the arena, while paying up to $25 to see their heroes. The Vics did not disappoint, winning the first game, 1-0, on a goal by Tony Gingras. Montreal stormed back in game two, hammering Winnipeg, 5-0, with goaltender Billy Nicholson earning the shutout. The 'AAA' jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the deciding third game and then buckled down to play stellar defence. Despite a constant pounding by the much larger Winnipeg players, Montreal stood their ground, allowing only a single goal, while earning the nickname, "Little Men of Iron". The Stanley Cup had returned to Montreal, now belonging to the 'AAA' organization for the first time since 1894.



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