When the Stanley Cup was cancelled by the Spanish Flu

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Joe Hall, a member of the Quebec Bulldogs from 1911 to 1917, was playing in a Stanley Cup final with the Montreal Canadiens when he contracted the Spanish Flu and died in Seattle in April 1919.

In the early 1910s, the Quebec Bulldogs were the powerhouse team of professional ice hockey, winning the Stanley Cup both in 1912 and 1913. By 1919, however, the Montreal Canadiens were the top team in the new National Hockey League and, in the spring of 1919, they were poised to win the Stanley Cup against the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA).