Ernest Hope "Ernie" McLea - Born February 5, 1876 in Montreal, Quebec – Died June 17, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec was a Canadian ice Hockey forward.
McLea attended Bishop's College School, a boarding school in Lennoxville, Quebec. Here as a young man, McLea learned his ice Hockey, as Bishop's College had ice Hockey programs for it's students, and Lennoxville and nearby Sherbrooke were also early Hockey areas.
At Bishop's College, McLea became friends and teammates with Hartland MacDougall and Robert MacDougall, both avid Hockey players and all 3 were the same age. They would all later play for the Montreal Victorias, winning Stanley Cup championships.
McLea then attended McGill College / University, playing on their football & cricket teams and his science track team (pole leap). He was a all round athlete at McGill, graduating with a B.A.Sc. in 1898. He was science class president in his final year at McGill and stayed on after graduation with cricket committee's.
McLea scored the 1st Stanley Cup Hat-trick at the Granite Rink in Winnipeg, on December 30, 1896, Montreal Victorias defeated Winnipeg 6-5 in a hard fought rematch for the Stanley Cup. Montreal overcame a 4-2 half time deficit to tie the game at 4 early in the second half, and then Drinkwater made it 5-4 Montreal. Winnipeg's Bain scored to tie at 5, before Ernie McLea scored his 3rd goal of the game in the final 2 minutes to snatch victory for Montreal and the Stanley Cup championship.
- Stanley Cup Champion in 1896, 1897, 1898 and 1899 with the Montreal Victorias
- AHAC Senior Championship Trophy Champion in 1896, 1897, 1898 with Montreal Victorias.