Hockey in Montreal has a long history, one that is as long as the game itself. From the beginning hockey has taken many forms that were developed in Montreal. From games played at McGill University in the nineteenth century to street hockey and the Montreal Canadiens, hockey is one of the most important parts of Montreal civic culture. Montreal has been the home of many professional teams such as the Victorias, the Shamrocks, the Maroons and the Canadiens. The Stanley Cup, the pinnacle of hockey club greatest, has been won by more Montreal teams than any other city. Montreal hockey is just as important as an idea as the physical game played. The Montreal Canadiens occupy the most important place in the idea of Montreal hockey. From determining the mood of the city, to French Canadian pride in small town Quebec and being Canada's team in the pre expansion NHL era, the Canadiens demonstrate the idea of Montreal hockey and its power.