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In another century, another pandemic ended Stanley Cup final

In another century, another pandemic ended Stanley Cup final Photo: NHL

TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer
Updated: April 02, 2020 03:48 PM

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Metropolitans were on the verge of winning their second Stanley Cup in three years in the spring of 1919. They never got to celebrate. Neither did the Montreal Canadiens, their opponent in the finals that year.

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The 1919 series was abandoned after five games due to an outbreak of the Spanish flu.

Several Montreal players became ill and one eventually died. It was only one of two times since the Stanley Cup was first awarded that there was no champion. 

Back to 2020, there isn't a diffinitive answer on whether there will be a Stanley Cup champion this year. The regular season began last fall on October 2, and was scheduled to end April 4. Playoffs would begin a few days later. The NHL suspended their season, following other professional sports, when the new coronavirus pandemic began.

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