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james laverance

The Portage Lake Hockey Team

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A team known as the Portage Lakes which formed in 1899 had pretty much dominated the Hockey scene for years.

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Mostly composed of Canadian imports who were too good to play as amateurs in their Amateur Canadian Leagues.By 1904 (IPHL) they were fully paid.

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In 1904 as Champions of America they played off against the Montreal Wanderers for the world championship winning by a total of 17-6 at the Amphidrome.
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By 1905 they issued a Stanley cup Challenge to the Ottawa Silver Seven(Senators) but were denied due to their professional status.

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Again in 1906 they were denied a challenge by the Stanley Cup holding Wanderers.
With this the Lakers and pro league dissolved by 1907.
 

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