Commissioner Gary Bettman officially cancelled all of the 2004-05 NHL season on Feb. 16, 2005. Trading card company Topps issued a card of the cancellation a week later as a part of its Topps Chronicles set, which documented significant events in sports, politics and entertainment throughout the year. And this was quite significant. The aborted 2004-05 season is the first time a major pro sports league has called off an entire season due to a labor dispute. The not-so-subtle card shows an NHL-logoed padlock and chains superimposed in front of an empty Madison Square Garden. For Topps, a manufacturer of hockey cards since 1954, this was the last hockey card it ever made.
Florida Man Victor Hedman a Worthy Conn Smythe Winner
The Lightning defenseman was dominant throughout the post-season, giving the champs everything from goals to defense to inspired play. And nobody was happier for him than Steven Stamkos.