The 1919 Stanley Cup Finals were canceled due to the Spanish flu outbreak, with five games already played. NHL Hall of Famer Joe Hall died of the flu. The Cup was also canceled in 2005 due to a lockout. Henri Richard holds the record for most wins. Only four engravers are authorized to engrave names, and the Cup has an official chaperone.
The Stanley Cup has been canceled earlier in league hockey history, which dates back to 1894. The 1919 Stanley Cup Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Metropolitans had to be canceled due to Montreal Canadiens players sick with the Spanish flu, an outbreak worldwide affecting an estimated 45,000 people in Canada alone. When it was canceled, five games of the series had already been played: two wins for each team, along with one tie. National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Famer Joe Hall of the Montreal Canadiens died of the Spanish flu four days after the cancellation. The Stanley Cup was also canceled in 2005, due to a lockout by team owners.
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Montreal Canadiens player Henri Richard holds the record for most Stanley Cup wins, with 11.
Only four engravers were authorized to engrave the winners’ names on the Stanley Cup.
The Stanley Cup is awarded to the winning team of the year, but has an official chaperone who watches over it when it travels.