The 2004–05 NHL season was the National Hockey League's 88th season of operation. The entire 1,230-game schedule, that was set to begin in October, was officially canceled on February 16, 2005 due to an unresolved lockout that began on September 16, 2004. The loss of the 2004–05 season's games made the NHL the first North American professional sports league to lose an entire season of games because of a labor dispute. It was the first time since 1919, when a Spanish flu pandemic canceled the finals, that the Stanley Cup was not awarded. This canceled season was later acknowledged with the words "2004–05 Season Not Played" engraved on the Cup.
According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, 388 NHL players were on teams overseas at some point during the season, spread across 19 European leagues. Many of these players had a contract clause to return to the NHL when the league started up again, even if it was during the current season.
Key rule changes which would dominate after the lockout were established as a result of a meeting between the NHL and its top minor league, the American Hockey League. On July 5, 2004, the AHL announced publicly the 2004–05 rule changes, many of which were passed as a result of the NHL's recommendation for experimentation.
|2004–05 NHL season|
The Stanley Cup acknowledges the canceled 2004–05 season with the words, "2004–05 Season Not Played"
|League||National Hockey League|
|Number of games||0|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||Alexander Ovechkin|
|Picked by||Washington Capitals|
As a result of the lockout, no Stanley Cup champion was crowned for the first time since the flu pandemic in 1919. This was controversial among many fans, who questioned whether the NHL had exclusive control over the Cup. A website known as freestanley.com (since closed) was launched, asking fans to write to the Cup trustees and urge them to return to the original pre-NHL Challenge Cup format. Adrienne Clarkson, then Governor General of Canada, alternately proposed that the Cup be presented to the top women's hockey team in lieu of the NHL season, but this idea was so unpopular with NHL fans, players, and officials that the Clarkson Cup was created instead. Meanwhile, a group in Ontario, also known as the "Wednesday Nighters", filed an application with the Ontario Superior Court, claiming that the Cup trustees had overstepped their bounds in signing the 1947 agreement with the NHL, and therefore must award the trophy to any team willing to play for the cup regardless of the lockout.
On February 7, 2006, a settlement was reached in which the trophy could be awarded to non-NHL teams in the event the league does not operate for a season, but the dispute lasted so long that, by the time it was settled, the NHL had resumed operating for the 2005–06 season, and the Stanley Cup went unclaimed for the 2004–05 season.
The 2004–05 Boston Bruins season was the Bruins' 81st National Hockey League season, its games were cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time.2004–05 Buffalo Sabres season
The 2004–05 Buffalo Sabres season was to be the 35th for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970. The season was cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time to save the season.2004–05 Carolina Hurricanes season
The 2004–05 Carolina Hurricanes season was cancelled due to the lockout of the players of the National Hockey League (NHL).2004–05 Chicago Blackhawks season
The 2004–05 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 79th National Hockey League season, its games were cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time.2004–05 Detroit Red Wings season
The 2004–05 Detroit Red Wings season would have been their 79th National Hockey League season; however, it was cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time to save the season.2004–05 Edmonton Oilers season
The 2004–05 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' 26th season in the NHL, however, the 2004–05 NHL lockout, which began a day after the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, cancelled the playing of any games.2004–05 Florida Panthers season
The 2004–05 Florida Panthers season was cancelled due to the lock-out of the players of the National Hockey League.2004–05 Los Angeles Kings season
The 2004–05 Los Angeles Kings season would have been the King's 38th season of play in the National Hockey League (NHL). However, the 2004–05 NHL lockout cancelled all of the scheduled games for the season.2004–05 Minnesota Wild season
The 2004–05 Minnesota Wild season was the Wild's fifth season in the National Hockey League. Its games were cancelled due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout.2004–05 Montreal Canadiens season
The 2004–05 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 96th season, 88th in the National Hockey League. However, its games were cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time. The other 29 teams did not play either due to the labour dispute.2004–05 New York Islanders season
The 2004–05 New York Islanders season was the 33rd season in the franchise's history. However, its games were cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time.2004–05 New York Rangers season
The 2004–05 New York Rangers season was their 79th National Hockey League season; however, its games were cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time.2004–05 Phoenix Coyotes season
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The 2004–05 Tampa Bay Lightning season was the franchise's 13th season in the National Hockey League. Its games were canceled due to the lockout of players. Because the entire season was canceled due to the lockout, the Lightning were allowed to retain their status as the Stanley Cup champions.2004–05 Toronto Maple Leafs season
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The 2004–05 Vancouver Canucks season was the team's 35th season in the NHL. However, the entire season's games were cancelled as a result of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.2004–05 Washington Capitals season
The 2004–05 Washington Capitals season was their 31st National Hockey League season. Its games were cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time. As a result, Alexander Ovechkin would not make his NHL debut until the start of the 2005–06 season.
The 2004–05 season was cancelled due to a lockout.
2004–05 NHL season