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Hockey achieved broad public recognition in 1883, when the first Montreal Winter Carnival included the sport in its ambitious program of events. The McGill University team won the hockey tournament and the Birks Cup. McGill goaltender Albert Peter Low was soon to embark on an illustrious career as a surveyor and explorer with the Geological Survey of Canada.
The McGill Club having been victorious in yesterday's match with the Victorias of Montreal, the third match for the carnival trophy was played this morning in the Crystal Rink. Owing to the narrowness of the rink there was not much room for a display of skating, and as a natural result the game was more one of shinney than hockey. The teams were very closely matched. The general opinion, however, was that the superior weight of the McGill men would tell in the narrow space. The play was very close throughout, the bully flying from one end of the rink to the other with the speed of lightning. Innumerable bullies taking place almost between the sticks of both goals. The rink was in charge of Mr. Sims, Chairman of the Committee of skating.
The teams were composed as follows:-
J. Kinloch [Capt.], forward; P. Foster, half-back; J. Elder, back; A.P. Low, goal; F. Green, Half-back; R.F. Smith, forward; W.L. Murray, centre forward.
- Umpire, J.I. Roy.
Messrs. W.B. Scott [Capt.], back ; A.W. Colley, goal; A. Swift, forward; A.E. Scott, half-back; F. Ashe, centre forward; R. Davidson, half-back; A. Swift, forward.
- Umpire, R. J. Hewton.
- Referee, N. T. Rielle
The play of Messrs. W.B. Scott, A. Swift, F. Ashe, R. Davidson and A. Scott was very much admired, especially that of Mr. W.B. Scott. On the McGill side those who are especially deserving of mention are Messrs. Murray, Foster, Elder, Green and Smith. The match was played under general rules of hockey, two half hours play, with ten minutes intermission.
The match was begun at 11:30, McGill going off with a rush for Quebec's goal. Scott, however, was on hand and sent the rubber flying back, when it was for a moment brought dangerously near McGill's sticks. It was only for a moment, however. Elder scoured the bully and sent it flying up, when Murray captured it from Vallance, who recaptured it but only to lose it to Foster. A scrimmage took place, when Foster again secured it and made a shot goal, passing the ball through. Time, 9 minutes.
McGill began this match with a well sustained attack on Quebec's goals. W. Scott, however, was soon seen emerging from the scrimmage with the rubber. An exciting scene then took place. Foster, Green, Murray and Smith attacked him in succession, but he succeeded in passing them, only, however, to lose the ball to Elder, who stopped his shot on goal, and sent the bully careening back to the other end of the rink. Here a desperate fight for the mastery took place, W.B. Scott, Ashe and Swift on the one side, and Smith, Murray and Greene on the other, struggling