Stamp honours team's storied history as enduring Canadian icon
TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - For the first time ever, Canada Post has adhered a miniature fabric crest to a stamp – to mark the 100th year anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the most storied teams in the National Hockey League®. The commemorative issue also includes both a booklet of 10 new silver logo stamps and a coil of 50 puck-shaped stamps in Maple Leaf blue.
A Canadian hockey icon, the Toronto Maple Leafs is one of four teams that officially formed the National Hockey League®. It is also an Original Six™ NHL franchise that played in what some consider to be the golden era of hockey. It has more inductees in the players' category of the Hockey Hall of Fame than any other Original Six™ team, and is among the most valuable franchises in the NHL.
"The Toronto Maple Leafs are a part of the fabric that ties this country together with some of the most passionate fans in hockey," says Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra. "It is therefore an honour to celebrate the incredible legacy of this Original Six™ team through Canada Post's iconic stamp program."
The special fabric crest stamp, available only as a commemorative souvenir sheet, depicts the sweater worn by Maple Leafs captain Ted (Teeder) Kennedy during the 1949-50 NHL season, with the Leafs crest in fabric. Kennedy played centre for the Leafs between 1942-43 and 1956-57, captaining the team for eight years. He remains the youngest ever to suit up for the Leafs (he was 17) and the first, along with teammate Turk Broda, to win five Stanley Cup® Championships.
Official First Day Covers (OFDCs) of all three stamps are available as a set. Stamps and related collectibles are currently available online at canadapost.ca/leafs100 or at post offices on October 24 (Click here for product images and Details Magazine).
The Toronto Maple Leafs issue was designed by Lionel Gadoury and Dave Hurds for Context Creative of Toronto.
Canada Post is proud to be Canada's storyteller through its national stamp program. Stamps capture and tell the stories of this country's milestones and achievers – and its heritage. Over the years, Canada Post has issued scores of stamps commemorating Canada's national winter sport. The first hockey-themed stamp was issued on January 23, 1956.
About the Toronto Maple Leafs 100th Anniversary stamps
The silver logo domestic-rate stamp is available in a booklet of 10 for $8.50. A 50-stamp coil of the blue puck-shaped stamp is offered with a complementary puck-shaped dispenser. A fabric patch souvenir sheet comes in a collectible folder and sells for $5. Official First Day Covers (OFDCs) of all three stamps are available as a set for $9.70.
Related products: A collectible frame features all three collectible envelopes (OFDCs) – two of them bearing signatures from Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour, plus a signed photograph of No. 44 Morgan Rielly. The frame also includes a souvenir sheet featuring the $5 fabric stamp and the domestic-rate stamp depicting the silver logo.
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