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The Victoria Cougars were a Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) (and after its merger with the Western Canada Hockey League, the Western Hockey League) ice hockey team based in Victoria, British Columbiamarker. The original Victoria franchise of the PCHA, the Senators, were formed in 1911, and became the Aristocrats in 1913. That incarnation is best known for defeating the Stanley Cup champion Quebec Bulldogs in a 1913 exhibition series. The Aristocrats officially challenged the Toronto Blueshirts for the Cup the following year, but lost. In 1916 the team was forced to move to Spokane, Washingtonmarker after having their arena (Patrick Arenamarker) commandeered by the Canadian military. The club folded the following year as the Spokane Canaries.

A new team was formed in 1918 and again were dubbed the Aristocrats. In 1922 they changed their name to the Victoria Cougars. Led by coach Lester Patrick, the Cougars would finally win a Stanley Cup in 1925 against the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Cougars were the last non-NHL team to hoist the Stanley Cup as well as the last west coast team to win the Cup, until the Anaheim Ducks won the Cup in 2007. They would attempt to repeat as champions in 1926 but they were unsuccessful as they lost the final series to the NHL's Montreal Maroons. The WHL dissolved the following year and the rights to many players from the Stanley Cup finalist team were purchased and relocated to Detroit, MImarker. The new NHL franchise would retain the nickname "Cougars" in tribute. The Detroit Cougars would later be re-named the Detroit Falcons, and would ultimately be re-named the Detroit Red Wings as they remain today.

Among the notable players in uniform for the Cougars were Hall of Famers Frank Foyston and Frank Fredrickson, goaltender Hec Fowler, Harry Meeking and Clem Loughlin.

Seasons

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against
Season Name League GP W L T GF GA Finish Playoffs
1912 Senators PCHA 16 7 9 0 81 90 3rd -
1912–13 15 10 5 0 68 56 1st -
1913–14 Aristocrats 15 10 5 0 80 67 1st Lost Stanley Cup challenge to Toronto Blueshirts
1914–15 17 4 13 0 64 116 3rd -
1915–16 18 5 13 0 74 102 4th -
1916–17 Canaries 24 8 15 0 89 143 4th -
1918–19 Aristocrats 20 7 13 0 44 81 3rd -
1919–20 22 10 12 0 57 71 3rd -
1920–21 24 10 13 1 21 72 3rd -
1921–22 24 11 12 1 61 71 3rd -
1922–23 Cougars 30 16 14 0 94 85 2nd Lost in PCHA playoff
1923–24 30 11 18 1 78 103 3rd -
1924–25 WCHL 28 16 12 0 84 63 3rd Won WCHL, Won Stanley Cup
1925–26 WHL 30 15 11 4 68 53 3rd Won WHL, Lost Stanley Cup final


Victoria Cougars 1925 Stanley Cup champions

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