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.
Drafted fourth overall by the Detroit Red Wings® in 1983, Steve Yzerman confirmed his status as a hockey superstar early in his career. At the tender age of 21, he became the team’s captain – a position he held until his retirement in 2006. In 1997, Yzerman led the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup Championship after allowing just four playoff losses – a prize they claimed again in 1998 and 2002. He also laced up his skates to help Canada take home gold at the 2002 Olympics. After he left the ice, Yzerman remained with the NHL to join Detroit’s front office, where he helped the team win another championship in 2008. After a storied NHL career on and off the ice, Yzerman was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. The following year, he became general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning®.
He was a nine-time All-Star who played in 1,514 regular-season NHL games and another 196 playoff contests over 22 seasons – all of them with the Detroit Red Wings. He scored 692 goals and 1,063 assists for 1,755 career points. He was named team captain at age 21 and became the longest-serving captain in the history of the NHL – 19 seasons. He led the Wings to three Stanley Cup® Championships (1997, 1998, 2002). In 2007, his No. 19 was retired and lifted to the rafters of Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.