The First Allen Cup Winners, 1909 – Guest post from Bob Carswell

1909 Allen Cup Winners. I[ will add a full caption and photo credit.]

1909 Allen Cup Winners. [I will add details and a photo credit later.]

The First Allen Cup Winners 1909

Charles McKinley, son of John Kerr McKinley and Elizabeth Ann Irvine, the second son to the couple was my great uncle from Ottawa. In his early years he enjoyed the game of hockey, so much so, that eventually he would become an NHL time keeper. In the days of the challenge cup the Ottawa Cliffsides won the first Allen Cup.

The cup is awarded annually to the national senior amateur men’s ice hockey champions of Canada. Donated by Sir Montague Allan of Ravenscrag, Montreal, it resulted from the top amateur teams leaving the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association, which allowed professionals, to form the new International Provincial Amateur Hockey Union (IPAHU), a purely amateur league. Charles McKinley was the goalie of the Ottawa Cliffsides in that first hockey confrontation and they won the 1909 Allen Cup.


A note from Jaan Pill regarding sources and citations

I have checked with Bob Carswell regarding sources and citations for his stories. From his responses, I have the sense that he has sound sources to back up his stories.  I will share some of the sources when time permits. As a rule, I like to ensure that when statements of any kind appear at this website, there is sufficient citation of sources to give readers a sense of the origin of the statement. In the case of photos, I make an effort to ensure that whatever is posted has a caption and a photo credit.


2 replies
  1. Bob Carswell
    Bob Carswell says:

    If anyone doubts my word on the sources of this and another variation of this photo the can go to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and ask to see the original of the 1909 Allen Cup winners team photograph held there in a bottom drawer of the special collections cabinets. There were two variations of the team photo but the concept of them being the 1909 Allen Cup winners is the same.

  2. Jaan Pill
    Jaan Pill says:

    Okay, this is good, Bob. We are on the right track for sure. I will post the photos, that I have not gotten around to posting yet.

    And I will take remaining articles, from the Comments Section at the Landing Page, and will reposition them as separate posts at the Preserved Stories website. It will take time, but it will get done. Your articles add much of value to the website!


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