When people talk about the history of hockey in Montreal they often limit the discussion to the Montreal Canadiens. The Montreal Maroons — a team which helped shape the evolution of Canadian hockey — is often forgotten. Yet, the Maroons were the very first tenants of the Montreal Forum and rivaled the Canadiens for most of the 1920s and 1930s.rnrnThe team drew most of its fans from the anglophone neighbourhoods of Montreal and English-speaking communities throughout Quebec. During the Maroons’ short but colourful existence, the team won two Stanley Cups and took part in some of the NHL’s most historic moments. The titanic battles between the Maroons and the Canadiens were classic struggles between two proud teams.rnrnThe games were also duels between rival superstars, the Canadiens with Howie Morenz and Aurèle Joliat, and the Maroons with Nels Stewart, Hooley Smith, and Babe Siebert. The matches were often wild affairs with fights on the ice and in the stands, but those who were there remembered them as the most thrilling hockey games they ever saw.rnrnThe Montreal Maroons is the story of a team that had a major impact on the early days of the National Hockey League. It is also a look back at a glorious era in the history of hockey in Montreal.