Like coincidences? The Red Son won their seventh World Series
championship last night. In the hockey season that follows,
something strange has happened the following season the Red Sox won
the World Series.
Here's a list:
1903. In the 03-04 season, the reigning Ottawa Silver Seven drop out
of the CAHL with a 4-4 record. By withdrawing prior to the end of
the season, they were able to retain the Stanley Cup in the challenge
series. If they would have finished below first place, the CAHL
champion would have been recognized as the new Stanley Cup champion.
1912. Quebec travelled to Victoria to play for the "World's
Championship." Victoria won, but the series was not recognized by
the trustees, so Quebec retained the Stanley Cup.
1915. Portland becomes the first American team to challenge for the
Cup, and technically wins it since defending Cup champion Vancouver
did not win its league championship. The NHA and PCHA only agreed to
play the series as the Portland team was en route to the east to play
Montreal. The Canadiens win, but Portland owner Art Savage engraved
the trophy with Portland PCHA Champions before giving the Cup to
Montreal. If the series had not been played, there is no question
that Portland would have been the first US Cup winner.
1916. Cup goes to the US the first time, legitmitely, when Seattle
beats the Canadiens.
1918. Flu epidemic cancels the 1919 Stanley Cup series.
2004. Lockout cancels the 2004-05 season.
2007. Any one have any ideas?
PS Incidentally, there's a great story on nhl.com about the
differences between Chris Drury and Tom Glavine, both of whom had to
make a choice between hockey and baseball, and both from the Boston