The Victoria Skating Rink opened its doors in 1862, and all kinds of firsts took place in the years that followed, including the first organized hockey game in Canada on March 3, 1875, and the first Stanley Cup won, by the Montreal Hockey Club in 1893. Not exactly “won,” I guess. The Montreal Hockey Club were given the Cup without having to play anyone. The next year, 1894, would see the beginning of teams truly playing for the mug.
The Rink was sold and closed its doors in 1925, exactly 50 years after the first organized game, and the brand new Forum, which had opened just a year prior, took over as The place to don the blades.
You can see all the firsts from this old barn here – Hockey Heritage
Below, where the Victoria Skating Rink sat, on the corner of Drummond St. and Stanley St. Darth works right around here so if you see a really tall guy wearing a Habs shirt, just kind of hanging around whistling at women, it’s probably Darth.