One hundred years ago, the Toronto Arenas entered the newly formed National Hockey League®(NHL®) for the 1917-18 season. Despite losing its inaugural game to the Montreal Wanderers on December 19, 1917, the team proved its mettle, defeating the Vancouver Millionaires to claim the first Stanley Cup® Championship following the establishment of the NHL. The team played as the Toronto St. Pats from 1919 to 1927, when new manager Conn Smythe renamed it the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stirred by patriotism, Smythe chose a crest that was reminiscent of the badge that he and his fellow Canadian soldiers wore into battle during the First World War.
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.
This puck shaped stamp was designed by Lionel Gadoury and Dave Hurds of Toronto-based Context Creative. It comes in a coil of 50 stamps bearing the 100th anniversary Toronto Maple Leafs logo that is paired with a free commemorative stamp dispenser in the shape of a puck.
Puck shaped Dispenser Coil