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 innovative stamp is a philatelic first. Canada Post has adhered a miniature fabric crest to this $5 stamp, which is available only in a souvenir sheet, complete with commemorative packaging. The result is a unique and tactile stamp that simulates the texture and stitching of the crest sported by the Leafs during their first dynasty era. The issue also displays a vintage sweater belonging to Ted “Teeder” Kennedy, who played centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs during his entire career – 1942-43 to 1956-57. Kennedy also captained the team for eight seasons and, along with teammate Turk Broda, was the first Leafs member in NHL history to win five Stanley Cup Championships.
Angled Photo of the Fabric Crest