William Houston's world of sports
July 31, 1998
Longest hockey rivalry
Trivia question: Name the longest continuous rivalry in hockey.
The Montreal Canadiens (est. 1911) versus the Toronto Maple Leafs (est. 1917,
named Maple Leafs in 1927) would seem to be the right answer, but is actually
Answer: Oxford-Cambridge. The two teams play annually in the Oxford-Cambridge
Blues match. The first game between the two English universities took place in
1885 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
August 6, 1998
Hockey's oldest rivalry (2)
We reported that the longest rivalry in hockey is Oxford-Cambridge, the two
English universities, starting in 1885 at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Montreal-based historian Earl Zukerman provides his list of long-time hockey
rivalries: Queens-Royal Military College, dating back to 1886; Harvard-McGill,
started in 1894; University of Toronto-McGill, 1899.