The Victoria Skating Rink, built in Montreal in 1862, won its place in history of great hockey buildings for a very simple feat: hosting the first organized hockey game indoors. James Creighton, a native Nova Scotian, came to Montreal and brought the great game of hockey with him. Upon arriving in Montreal, he befriended many avid sportsmen, some of them students at McGill College, and he felt they would enjoy the game from his native province. With the co-operation of the management of the Victoria Skating Rink, Creighton planned the first indoor version of a hockey game that was played on March 3rd 1875.

The Victoria Skating Rink, built in Montreal in 1862, won its place in history of great hockey buildings for a very simple feat: hosting the first organized hockey game indoors. James Creighton, a native Nova Scotian, came to Montreal and brought the great game of hockey with him. Upon arriving in Montreal, he befriended many avid sportsmen, some of them students at McGill College, and he felt they would enjoy the game from his native province. With the co-operation of the management of the Victoria Skating Rink, Creighton planned the first indoor version of a hockey game that was played on March 3rd 1875.

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Victoria Skating Rink

The Victoria Skating Rink.

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The Auditorium in Ottawa, built on O’Connor Street, opened its doors for the first time on December 1st, 1923 hosting a hockey game featuring the buildings’ main tenants, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Ottawa Senators. Make no mistake, this modern 10,000 seat building was built primarily as the home for what was then hockey’s greatest team. On that opening night the Senators iced legends like "King" Clancy, Frank Nighbor, Cy Denneny and Clint Benedict. While the Senators were the class of the league in the 1920’s, they ran into financial trouble in the early ’30’s. After suspending operations for a year, they were still in trouble and returned to the NHL, eventually transferring to St. Louis. After the departure of the Senators, the Auditorium became home to many other hockey clubs. Its existence spanned an era where three different Ottawa clubs captured the Allan Cup. The rink was also home to a new Senators club, this time participating in inter-city play in the Montreal Senior Group which later became the Quebec League.

It seems fitting that the Ottawa Auditorium, home to one of the greatest teams of the NHL’s Read More
The Auditorium in Ottawa, built on O’Connor Street, opened its doors for the first time on December 1st, 1923 hosting a hockey game featuring the buildings’ main tenants, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Ottawa Senators. Make no mistake, this modern 10,000 seat building was built primarily as the home for what was then hockey’s greatest team. On that opening night the Senators iced legends like "King" Clancy, Frank Nighbor, Cy Denneny and Clint Benedict. While the Senators were the class of the league in the 1920’s, they ran into financial trouble in the early ’30’s. After suspending operations for a year, they were still in trouble and returned to the NHL, eventually transferring to St. Louis. After the departure of the Senators, the Auditorium became home to many other hockey clubs. Its existence spanned an era where three different Ottawa clubs captured the Allan Cup. The rink was also home to a new Senators club, this time participating in inter-city play in the Montreal Senior Group which later became the Quebec League.

It seems fitting that the Ottawa Auditorium, home to one of the greatest teams of the NHL’s early glory days, closed in 1967, the same year the NHL expanded and began what is commonly referred to as the modern era of the league.

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Ottawa Auditorium

Drawing of the Ottawa Auditorium taken from the Senators official program for a match versus Boston on February 28th, 1929.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Investigate the role that hockey plays in Canada’s national identity
  • Explore the history of hockey in Canada
  • Investigate how the evolution of hockey equipment used by Canadian hockey players improved the quality and safety of the game.
  • Explore the evolution of the rules of hockey in Canada
  • Identify significant people involved in hockey in Canada
  • Identify historically significant arenas and rinks in Canada
  • Describe the involvement over time of Aboriginal peoples in hockey

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