Sox's Series' gains equal NHL pains
The line in the NHL record book is simple and direct: 1919, No Champion.
A health crisis swept the world that year -- a flu epidemic killed at least 20 million people -- and the championship series was called off after five games.
No Stanley Cup was awarded.
Until now, 1919 was the only year without a North American hockey champ since 1893, when Lord Stanley, the governor general of Canada, came up with a trophy for the best hockey team in North America.