January 31, 2014

World's Oldest Hockey Team Celebrates 137th Anniversary

McGill University hockey players, 1881

The McGill University men's hockey team celebrates their 137th anniversary this weekend. They Redmen play the University of Windsor Lancers in back-to-back games in Montreal.

McGill students are credited with organizing the very first hockey match in 1875. In 1877 they founded the world's first organized hockey club. On January 31st, 1877 they played their first game against the Montreal Victorias, winning 2-1.

Members of that original hockey team were Archibald D. Taylor (president), Henry "Harry" Abbott (captain), Robert J.B. Howard (secretary, treasurer), Frederick W. Torrance, Lorne Campbell (goalie), William W. Redpath, George R. Caverhill and Rankine Dawson.

For all it's lengthy and storied history, McGill has only ever won one national championship, that coming in 2012.

McGill's most notable hockey graduate is NHL/Olympic coach Mike Babcock who famously wears his McGill tie for the most important games.

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