Today is a busy day in NHL history.
1919- The final game of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans was canceled and not made up. A worldwide flu epidemic did not allow this game to be played. No winner was declared. The “Mets” made the Stanley Cup Finals again in 1920, but fell to the Ottawa Senators.
Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders made history not once but twice on this day.
1978- Bossy became the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season 35 years ago today.
1983- Bossy continued his scoring success. He became the first NHL player to score 60 goals in 3 consecutive seasons on this day 30 years ago.
1992- NHL players began the first strike in the league’s 75 year history. The strike lasted only ten days, but was a success in the eyes of the players.
Just imagine if Gary Bettman was around back then. We still might not have hockey around.