Over the years the Monkland Tennis Club has seen some fine tennis played and produced more than its share of age group Canadian Champions. The following year it became the property of the Protestant School Board which sold the land to The Westmount Athletic Association in 1923 when a clubhouse and 13 courts were built.
The Club hosted the 1962 Quebec Open and the 1964/67 Canadian Open where club members got to see the likes of Roy Emerson, John Newcombe, Cliff Drysdale and Tony Roche play. In 1936 the Protestant School Board reacquired the land and the Club became part of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association.
Their record was 7-1 and they competed with the Ottawa Generals (6-2), the Montreal Crystals (3-5), the Quebec Hockey Club (2-5-1) and the Montreal Victorias (1-6-1) of the AHA. The only thing he was not certain about was how the Montreal people managed to win all the decisive games. Sweetland, and finding out to their own satisfaction that there was not, the regular business of the meeting was proceeded with.
The final game was played Febuary 18, at the Victoria Skating Rink in Ottawa. When the minutes had been adopted the report of the secretary was read. The treasurer's statement, which has already been published in the GAZETTE, was also confirmed.
Nevertheless, the quest for his trophy has become one of the world's most prestigious sporting competitions.
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The MHC, in fact, first refused the awarding of the Cup unless it was the acknowledged winner, but the players were later placated by gifts, most notably rings (engraved MHC), recognizing their achievement. The only conditions attached to the cup would be submitted officially at the annual meeting of the Hockey association, and it was expected that the conditions would be agreeable to all clubs concerned.
The Montreal AAA were awarded the first Stanley Cup even thought the Montreal Hockey Club, which had recently become affiliated with the AAA, formed the basis of the team. He would simply remark that His Excellency took great interest in hockey and had frequently made known his intention of giving a trophy.
"There does not appear to be any such outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the general interest which matches now elicit, and the importance of having the game played fairly and under rules generally recognized, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held from year to year by the winning team." Shortly thereafter, Lord Stanley purchased a silver cup measuring 7 inches high by 11 inches across for the sum of 10 guineas (approximately ); appointed two Ottawa gentlemen, Sheriff John Sweetland and Philip D.
Ross, as trustees of that cup; and set the following preliminary conditions to govern the annual competition: The winners to return the Cup in good order when required by the trustees in order that it may be handed over to any other team which may win it.
Today the Monkland Tennis Club is a vibrant community of junior, intermediate and senior playing members, as well as our social members who enjoy a much improved club house facilities, a warm social environment and great tennis – on the best clay courts in Quebec. In 1939 a group of tennis players led by George Payne formed the Monkland Tennis Club and Courts Limited – the ownership body.
The land that the Monkland Tennis Club sits on was once sold by P.
club has a thriving membership of 2,400 and is one of the more popular centers for exercise and entertainment in the city. For many years the athletes of Montreal and Ottawa had had the pleasure of meeting each other. Taylor then accepted the cup in a brief but very appropriate speech.