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.
Guy Lafleur became a scoring machine as a member of the Montreal Canadiens®. A native of Thurso, Quebec, he reached a milestone 1,000 points in just 720 games – faster than any other NHL player before him. He also became the first in the League to earn more than 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive seasons. A record-setting right-winger, he helped the Habs secure five Stanley Cup Championships and took home both the Art Ross Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award* three times, the Hart Memorial Trophy twice as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy. Lafleur retired in 1984 at age 33 but returned to play for the New York Rangers® in 1988 – the same year he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame – and the Quebec Nordiques® in 1989. He hung up his skates for good in 1991.
He played for the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques, scoring 560 goals and 793 assists for a total of 1,353 regular-season points over a 17-season NHL career. He reached a milestone 1,000 points in just 720 games, faster than any other NHL player before him. He won five Stanley Cup® Championships as a player with the Canadiens and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. The Canadiens retired his No. 10 in 1985.
* The Lester B. Pearson Award was renamed the Ted Lindsay Award in 2010.