Today in Hockey History: 1919 Stanley Cup Final Canceled

1919 Stanley Cup Final
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During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for April 1st, featuring the cancellation of the 1919 Stanley Cup Final.

Today in Hockey History

1919 Stanley Cup Final Canceled by Flu

1919: The deciding game of the 1919 Stanley Cup Final was not played because of the influenza pandemic. It was supposed be Game 6 of the series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans. Only three Habs players were well enough to play.

Defenceman Joe Hall would pass away from the illness four days later. George Kennedy would never fully recover and die on Oct. 19, 1921. The Stanley Cup would be awarded every year after that until the 2004 lockout.

Other Notable Events

1926: Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons is the first goalie to get three straight playoff shutouts in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Maroons would beat the Victoria Cougars in five games in the last final that didn’t have two NHL teams.

1954: Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings scores nine seconds into Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinal. It would be the fastest post-season goal in history as the Wings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime.

1976: Reggie Leach of the Philadelphia Flyers is the second player to score 60 goals in a season. He’d score twice in an 11-2 rout of the Washington Capitals.

1978: Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders is the first rookie to score 50 goals in a season. He scored twice in a 3-2 victory over the Capitals.

1993: Pavel Bure is the first player in Vancouver Canucks history to get 100 points. He’d get a goal an assist in a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

2004: The Boston Bruins are the first team to play 30 overtime games in a single season. Boston would skate to a 3-3 tie with Washington.

2015: Sidney Crosby would net his 300th goal as the Pittsburgh Penguins would lose 4-1 to Philadelphia.

2018: Alex Ovechkin is the first Caps’ player to play in 1,000 career games. Washington would beat Pittsburgh, 3-1, to get its third straight Metropolitan Division title.

Happy Birthday to You

1921: Ken Reardon

1964: Scott Stevens

1972: Darren McCarty

1978: J.P. Dumont

1983: Jussi Jokinen

1991: Reilly Smith

1996: Warren Foegele