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.
Introduced to hockey at a young age, Mark Messier’s life was rapidly consumed by the sport. Starting as a stick-boy, he quickly evolved into an NHL prospect and was eventually drafted by the Edmonton Oilers® in 1979. “The Moose,” as he was nicknamed, dominated the League for the duration of his 25-year career. In 1984, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy and his first of five Stanley Cup Championships with the Oilers. In 1991, Messier was traded to the New York Rangers where, after another victorious Stanley Cup Championship in 1994, he became the first player to captain two different teams to the title. When he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, he held the record for most number of games played (1,992) and was second on the all-time scoring list. Both records still stand.
He played 25 seasons in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. He is one of the game’s highest scorers, ranking second among all-time points leaders with 1,887. He scored 694 goals and 1,193 assists in 1,756 regular-season games and holds the record for most NHL games played, including playoffs – 1,992. He won five Stanley Cup® Championships with the Oilers and another with the Rangers. A 15-time All-Star, Messier is the only player to captain two different franchises to Stanley Cup® titles. The Rangers retired his No. 11 in 2006 and the Oilers in 2007. Messier was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.