1903: The Montreal Bankers Hockey League

Established when bank president Lord Strathcona offered a cup to the best bank clerk hockey team. The games were hugely popular, drawing over 4,000 people to each game.

After the Interprovincial Bank Championship of 1914, in which Bank of Montreal trounced the Canadian Bank of Commerce, an epic ballad was written to document the highlights in dramatic fashion. The final stanza tells us the winning score:

Twice more the puck through Commerce goals is fired.
The whistle blows, the warriors’ rage subdue.
The game is won. The score stands twelve to two.
The Commerce team slinks mournfully away.
The B of M are heroes of the day!


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