Trea­sures FROM THE HALL

The Hockey News - - BUZZ - – BRIAN COSTELLO

CAHA | ORIG­I­NAL MINUTE BOOK

MORE THAN 100 YEARS ago, a few dozen hockey men came to­gether at the Chateau Lau­rier in Ot­tawa and cre­ated the Cana­dian Am­a­teur Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, which is the fore­run­ner to to­day’s Hockey Canada. These men were the trus­tees of the Al­lan Cup, awarded to the top am­a­teur hockey team in Canada. Since the Stan­ley Cup evolved into an award given to the top pro­fes­sional team, the Al­lan Cup was cre­ated in 1909 to honor am­a­teur play­ers and teams. But an as­so­ci­a­tion was re­quired to make sure things moved along smoothly. So Claude Robin­son pitched the CAHA to trustee mem­bers and a group evolved to gov­ern am­a­teur hockey in the coun­try.

The orig­i­nal minute book is a for­mal record of the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­ing es­tab­lished. So why is such an iconic doc­u­men­ta­tion hand­book in such bad shape? Prob­a­bly be­cause it was con­stantly be­ing re­ferred to over the years by ex­ec­u­tives such as Wil­liam Northey, Leo Dan­durand, Mur­ray Costello, Gor­don Juckes, and now Tom Ren­ney, who re­viewed by­laws and reg­u­la­tions dat­ing back to that first meet­ing. To­day, up­dated CAHA an­nual ar­ti­cles are avail­able on­line and ex­ceed 200 pages.

The CAHA Minute Book is stored at the Hall of Fame’s Doc Sea­man Hockey Re­source Cen­tre in Eto­bi­coke. It oc­ca­sion­ally makes an ap­pear­ance at the Hall of Fame in down­town Toronto, most re­cently dur­ing Hockey Canada’s 100-year an­niver­sary in 2014.

The Al­lan Cup was cre­ated as a chal­lenge tro­phy open to any am­a­teur se­nior team that won its league ti­tle. It was de­ter­mined at that first meet­ing that sur­plus pro­ceeds after ex­penses be do­nated to char­i­ties. The Ot­tawa Cliff­sides were pre­sented with the first Al­lan Cup in 1909. But a month after the pre­sen­ta­tion, they lost a chal­lenge to Queen’s Univer­sity.

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