That Was Then…What the World Was Like the Last Time the Toronto Maple Leafs Made the Playoffs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs currently own the longest playoff drought in the NHL, having not made the postseason since 2004, when they lost in the second round to Philadelphia.

However, with the Leafs now poised to end their 9-year absence from the NHL’s “second season,” I thought it would be fun to look back and see what the world was like when the Buds last tasted playoff hockey on May 4, 2004.

Those careers took vastly different trajectories

Those careers took vastly different trajectories

Music and Television

  1. The Billboard Hot 100 #1 Song was “Yeah!” by Usher, featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
  2. Mean Girls was still playing in movie theatres and Lindsay Lohan was considered one of the biggest rising stars in Hollywood
  3. Only 3 seasons of American Idol (12 now) and 5 seasons of The Amazing Race (22 now) had aired on television
  4. Friends had just broadcasted its last episode, and Frasier would do so a week later
  5. We were shocked by Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl halftime show
In 2004, he was still just a State Senator

In 2004, he was still just a State Senator

Politics and Society

  1. John Kerry was running as the Democratic challenger against George W. Bush for the White House
  2. Oil hit its highest price (US$38.21/barrel) since 1990 (now $92.70)
  3. The US federal debt was only $7 trillion (approximately) (now almost $17 trillion)
  4. The Abu Ghraib scandal was still unfolding
  5. As a sitting member of the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama began his campaign to run for election to the US Senate

 

Sports

  1. The Detroit Red Wings led the NHL with 109 points, and Martin St. Louis led the league in scoring with 94 points

    One of the All-Time greats hung them up for the final time in 2004

    One of the All-Time greats hung them up for the final time in 2004

  2. Scott Stevens, Mark Messier, and Al MacInnis had just finished their final NHL seasons
  3. At 17 years of age, Sidney Crosby became the first Quebec Major-Junior Hockey League player to win the awards for leading the league in scoring, rookie of the year, and most valuable player
  4. The world was getting ready for the Summer Olympics in Athens
  5. The NHL’s draft class of 2022 was born
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  • http://twitter.com/niall111 Chris O’Neill

    Hey, at least there was colour TV!