In the springtime as the Stanley Cup playoffs approach, I often revisit the hockey season that wasn't, the season of 2004-05, the year the Stanley Cup wasn't won. Thanks to the labor strife — okay, lockout — the Cup stayed home that year.
It was a 'worst kept secrets' scenaro but now it's out in the open: the Colorado Avalanche have hired former star goalie, Patrick Roy, as their new head coach. Roy replaces Joe Sacco, fired after the team failed to make the playoffs.
Each Spring as the Stanley Cup playoffs approach, I think about the hockey season of 2004-05. The year the Stanley Cup wasn't won. That year, thanks to a labor strife - okay, the lockout - the Stanley Cup stayed home.
The Hockey Hall of Fame can only induct four players each year and it would be hard to argue with the choices this year, announced Tuesday. Going into the Hall in a Nov. 12 ceremony will be Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates.