MONTRÉAL – They are the most storied sports team in Canadian history having won 24 Stanley Cups, more than any other team. They are the oldest continuously-operating professional ice hockey team, predating the founding of the NHL. Their team jerseys can be found in arenas across Canada, often outnumbering home-team sweaters. They are the Montreal Canadiens, and Canada Post today issued a stamp set honouring the team’s centennial and its iconic jersey.
A domestic-rate PERMANENT™ stamp featuring a close-up of Maurice “Rocket” Richard’s game-worn #9 hockey sweater, plus three high-value stamps featuring actual footage of the historic 500th goals of Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur are available now at post offices across the country. The stamps were unveiled at a Bell Centre ceremony with Béliveau, Lafleur and Maurice’s brother, Henri Richard as well as Réjean Houle, Montreal Canadiens Alumni Association President. participating in the unveiling.
“The Montreal Canadiens have without a doubt contributed greatly to the history of our country,” said Marc Courtois, Canada Post’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Over 100 years, the Canadiens have cultivated a tradition of excellence that transcends both borders and generations. In creating this spectacular stamps, Canada Post’s goal was to bestow an extraordinary honor to an extraordinary team and all of the players to have ever worn the iconic Canadiens jersey over the past century.”
Using an action-oriented printing process, called MotionstampTM technology, and digital footage of the Richard, Beliveau and Lafleur goals provided by the Canadiens, the stamps become mini-movies. When moved up and down, the actual sweep of action—from shot to goal—as it appeared in the original film clips, is visible on the stamps. This is the first time this technology has been used on a Canadian stamp.
“This is the first time a sports team has been honored on a stamp. In this our Centennial season, Canada Post is paying an amazing tribute to the 761 players to have played for the Canadiens since 1909 and of course the 15 legends to have had their jersey retired,” said Canadiens’ President Pierre Boivin upon the official unveiling of the stamps. “This stamp collection is not only a masterpiece artistically, but also historically speaking.” See alsoThe Streak is On! contestWhat's your Top 10? - Week 3Kicking it old school