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.
During his debut season, Sidney Crosby – born in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia – launched his high-scoring and record-setting career in the NHL by becoming the youngest player ever to notch over 100 points in a season. Crosby’s second season netted him an incredible collection of awards and honours, including the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award.* Named captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins® before the 2007-08 season, Crosby led his team to the Stanley Cup Final and narrowly missed winning the championship. The next season, he took the Penguins all the way to win hockey’s ultimate prize. Crosby capped off yet another spectacular season in 2015-16 with a Stanley Cup Championship and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
* The Lester B. Pearson Award was renamed the Ted Lindsay Award in 2010.
He has played his entire NHL career to date with the reigning Stanley Cup® Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Drafted first overall in 2005, at age 18 he became the youngest NHL player to notch more than 100 points. Named captain two years after entering the NHL, he was the youngest captain ever to win the Stanley Cup® championship in 2009 at age 21. He won the Stanley Cup® Championship a second time last spring. He has played 707 regular-season games to date, scoring 338 goals and 600 assists for 938 points. He is also a two-time Olympic gold medal winner (2010 and 2014) and captured gold with Team Canada at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.