This stamp was revealed on the eve of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 semi-finals and less than three weeks before the start of the 2016-17 NHL® Season.
In the pursuit of the greatest prize in the National Hockey League® (NHL®) – the Stanley Cup® – defence only gets you so far. To win, you’ve got to score – and that takes the speed, agility and power of a great winger or centre. Some of the best in the world hail from Canada, and these legends have claimed major scoring titles, all-time records and unparalleled status among their fans.
There’s Howie Morenz, known as both “The Stratford Streak” and “The Mitchell Meteor,” who some call the League’s first superstar. Quebec’s “Phantom Joe“ Malone scored the second-most career goals of any player in the first half century of the NHL and remains the only one in history to score seven goals in a single game. The fastest hat trick? That goes to Bill Mosienko, proud son of Winnipeg, who holds the record of three goals in just 21 seconds.
Hailing from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Phil Esposito became one of the greatest scorers in the NHL. As a centre for the Boston Bruins®, he used his powerful shot to notch 76 goals in a single season, a record that stood for more than a decade. Esposito impressively racked up more than 50 goals in five straight seasons and was awarded the Art Ross Trophy five times for most regular-season points. In 1970, he helped his team win a Stanley Cup Championship, Boston’s first in 29 years – a feat he repeated again in 1972. Esposito also co-captained Team Canada during the famous 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series. A superstar until his retirement in 1981, Esposito was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984.
He played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, scoring 1,590 points in 1,282 regular-season games over an 18-season NHL career. Esposito helped lead the Bruins to two Stanley Cup® Championships (1970 and 1972) and Team Canada to victory in the 1972 Summit Series. A 10-time All-Star, Esposito was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1989. The Bruins retired his No. 7 jersey in 1987.