Quebec Bulldogs

Established in 1888 First Game Played* December 1910 Last Game Played** March 10, 1920 Moved to Hamilton in 1920 *-Played in NHA 1910-1917 **-On Hiatus 1917-1919

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1888-1910: The Quebec Bulldogs roots go back to the amateur days of hockey as they competed in the Amateur Hockey Association, later called the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The team, officially known as Athletics, won the CAHL Championship in 1904 but was not allowed to vie for the Stanley Cup. The CAHL would become the ECAHA as the desire to become a professional league overwhelmed Amateur hockey leading to the formation of the Canadian Hockey Association in 1909, in which the Quebec Bulldogs were a founding member. However, after just one month, the CHA merged into the more powerful National Hockey Association. However, the Bulldogs were unsure they wanted to join, so they sat out the rest of the season.

1910/11: After a year hiatus, the Bulldogs finally joined the NHA, as Jack McDonald scores 14 goals, and Tommy Dunderdale scored 13 goals in a 16-game season. However, the Bulldogs would finish in last place with a 4-12 record.

1911/12: The Bulldogs go from worst to first as Joe Hall had a break trough season scoring 15 goals while having an imposing physical presence on the ice. Along with Hall, Joe Malone added 21 goals, and Jack McDonald added 18, as the Bulldogs posted a 10-8 record. In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bulldogs easily defeated the Moncton Victorias in two games 9-3 and 8-0 to claim the Cup.

1912/13: Coming off their Stanley Cup Championship, the Bulldogs were even stronger as they ran away with the NHA title with a record of 16-4, as Joe Malone scored 43 goals, while Tommy Smith added 39. In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bulldogs again dominated beating the Maritime Champion Sydney Millionaires in two straight games by a combined score of 20-5. After defeating the Millionaires, the Bulldogs were challenged by the PCHA Champion Victoria Aristocrats. Bursting with confidence, the Bulldogs expected to walk over the Aristocrats. However, the Bulldogs would split the first two games before losing 6-1 in the decisive third game. However, because the Stanley Cup Board of trustees did not recognize the challenge, the Bulldogs were able to keep the Cup.

1913/14: After winning the Stanley Cup two straight seasons, the Bulldogs fall into third place with a 12-8 record despite another 39-goal season from Tommy Smith and 24 goals from Joe Malone.

1914/15: Tommy Smith has another stellar season scoring 23 goals, as Joe Malone scores just 16, while the Bulldogs finish in third place again with a mediocre record of 11-9.

1915/16: Despite a solid 25-goal season from Joe Malone, the Bulldogs continue to decline in the standings finishing in third place with a disappointing record of 10-12, as Tommy Smith had just 16 goals.

1916/17: With crippling economic problems, Tommy Smith leaves the team as the Bulldogs finish in the first half of a split season in last place. However, with Joe Malone scoring 41 goals, the Bulldogs storm back in the second half, finishing in second place while posting an overall record of 10-10.

1917-1919: Despite being at the forefront of the folding of the NHA for the founding of the National Hockey League the Bulldogs are forced to go on hiatus as they had trouble getting enough funds to operate in a small town, while Canada was involved in World War I. This opened the door for Toronto to get in league with new owners, as Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone was a significant reason of founding the league. Livingstone would not own the new Toronto team called the Arenas.

1919/20: After a two-year hiatus, the Bulldogs return to play in the NHL as Joe Malone rejoins the team after playing for the Montreal Canadiens. Back with the Bulldogs, Malone would win the NHL scoring title with 39 goals. However, the Bulldogs would win just four games finishing in last place with an awful record of 4-20. Following the season, the Bulldogs would be sold and relocated to Hamilton, Ontario.

1920-1972: Quebec would remain a solid bed for hockey with Junior teams and Minor League clubs, as the original Le Colissee was destroyed by fire and replaced by a new building on the same site. In 1972 big-time professional hockey would return to Quebec as the Nordiques were among the original teams in the upstart WHA and were among four teams that joined the NHL in 1979.

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