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Sox's Series' gains equal NHL pains

Updated: February 16, 2005, 7:08 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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