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Outremont Canadiens

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Team History[edit]

The Outremont Canadiens played in the Quebec-Ontario-Vermont League in its only season, 1924, taking over the slot previously occupied by the Trois-Rivières Trios in the circuit's previous incarnation, the Eastern Canada League, in 1922 and 1923. While they nominally represented the Francophone residential city of Outremont, QC, on the island of Montreal, QC, they were in fact a second team representing Montreal, alongside the Montreal Royals, and their link to Outremont was only to get around a rule from the National Association that a league could not include two teams from the same city (this is also the reason why the second Los Angeles team in the Pacific Coast League was variously known as "Vernon", "Venice" or "Hollywood"). In contemporary newspaper stories, they are invariably called the "Montreal Canadiens".

Their name's similarity to that of a famous hockey team was no coincidence. The team's principals were also senior members of the hockey team's executive, and the two clubs shared a philosophy: give preference to players coming from the local community, and particularly Francophones. The decision to hire Pete Farrand, a former player for the Royals, as the manager was no accident, and their approach went against the league's tendency to recruit its players south of the border. Like their neighbors the Royals, they were hampered by the lack of a proper ballpark in Montreal at the time, having to share derelict Atwater Stadium on weekdays and Saturdays, and Shamrock Park on Sundays when the religious congregation that owned the Atwater facility refused to have games played there that could interfere with services.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1924 49-58 3rd Pete Farrand