This was the 1904-05 season in French ice hockey:
In the second half of October, 1904 the Lyon newspapers advertised tickets for those wishing to visit the Ice Palace. Customers were given the opportunity to come to the palace every day, attend a sports festival, where prizes were handed prizes. Figure skaters and hockey players who purchased tickets received additional time for training.
On December 31, 1904, a game was played between UVF and SC Lyon as part of the festival at the Palais de Glace. SC Lyon dominated and recorded an 8-0.
In early January 1905 there were two matches played at the Palais de Glace. The new Cercle de l'Aviron Lyonnais club recorded a surprising 4-0 victory over the more experienced UVF Lyon side. Here is a match report from the game: CAL - UVF - 4: 0 Referee: Aubert. CAL: G. Pireyre; P. Wandelle - E. Zürcher (cap.); S. Krücker; E. Raymond - C. Martin. UVF: Terrasse; Verrier - Doste; Kahn; Temporel (cap.) - Reybillet. The following week, they defeated Star Club Lyon 3-1.
Over in Paris, activities were restricted to frozen ponds and lakes as the owner of the Palais de Glace des Champs-Elysess was not eager to allow hockey to be played at the facility. There were some matches arranged outdoors over the holidays by the L'Auto newspaper.
After returning from Switzerland, SC Lyon arranged a match against Cercle de l'Aviron Lyonnais. This team had fared well in January, defeating Union Vélocipède de France and the Star Club LLyon. The first meeting of these two promised to be interesting, and the game live up to expectations. Just a few minutes before the start of the match it became clear that one of the leaders of SCL - Serve was ill and had to be replaced by a player not normally on the team. Despite this, SC Lyon played well and won by a narrow margin of 2-1. It should be noted that the victory of SC Lyon would be more convincing if the match referee had counted a third goal that appeared to go in. Match report: SCL - CAL - 2:1. SCL: M. Magherini; D. Lehmann - H. Roman; ?; A. Kimmerling (cap.) - R. Aubert. CAL: G. Pireyre; P. Wandelle - E. Zürcher (cap.); E. Raymond - C. Martin - S. Krücker.
The next game at the Palais de Glace was scheduled for Thursday, February 9 between Star Club Lyon" and UVF Lyon. It is unclear if this game was held or not. The sports committee of Lyon decided to establish an international competition for ice hockey clubs. In order to determine the Lyon representative, it was decided to hold a qualifying match on February 15 between the two strongest teams in the city: SC Lyon and Cercle de l'Aviron Lyonnais. SC Lyon again prevailed against CAL, this time 2-0. Serve was still absent from the SC Lyon squad due to illness, but Kimmerling and Aubert played well and launched numerous attacks on the opposing team's goal.
Meanwhile, Club des Patineurs de Paris challenged Fédération des Patineurs de Belgique to two international matches. In order to determine the players who would travel to Brussels, the Parisians, still dependent on the vagaries of the weather, played an inter-squad game at the Palais de Glace des Champs-Elysees. The "Bleu" squad defeated the "Rouge" 8-1.
After two defeats in Brussels, Club des Patineurs de Paris returned to France, where they took an active part in preparing for a festival at the Palais de Glace des Champs-Elysees. The program of events scheduled for March 20 included competitions in skating (distance - 300 meters), figure skating performances, a photo contest, and a hockey match. The game was an inter-squad affair between "Bleu" and "Rouge", with the former team prevailing 2-1.
|December 27, 1904||Amical-Cycle Lyonnais||4-2||Cyclistes Amateurs Lyonnais|
|December 31, 1904||SC Lyon||8-0||UVF Lyon|
|January 3, 1905||Cercle de l'Aviron Lyonnais||4-0||UVF Lyon|
|January 10, 1905||Cercle de l'Aviron Lyonnais||3-1||Star Club Lyon|
|February 4, 1905||SC Lyon||2-1||Cercle de l'Aviron Lyonnais|
|February 15, 1905||SC Lyon||2-0||Cercle de l'Aviron Lyonnais|