Canada Post and the U.S. Postal Service have teamed up to produce “History of Hockey” forever stamps. Canada Post president and CEO Deepak Chopra and postmaster general Megan Brennan will release the stamps at a dedication ceremony at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena Beflor Training Center on Oct. 20.
Brennan commented, “The Postal Service is honored to partner with Canada Post to produce The History of Hockey stamps. This sport exemplifies a wonderful tradition of competition and camaraderie between our nations, and these commemorative stamps are a special way to celebrate the game that transcends borders.”
Chopra added: “The subjects chosen for joint issues highlight how much our nations have in common, and the love of hockey is one of those things. Hockey has captured the imagination of millions in both countries. It stirs a passion that for many borders on obsession, and these stamps celebrate the pure love of the game.”
The stamps will be sold in the tête-bêche format—similar images are paired and one is upside down as though mirroring the other. The stamps are steeped in nostalgia. Set on a pond, the top image shows a modern player, while the bottom one wears vintage equipment. It’s a depiction of modern players reflecting on the past. The area outside of the stamps, known as the selvage, shows a father teaching his daughter how to play hockey. Canadian and U.S. flags are featured on the right-hand corner, and “History of Hockey” is written on the bottom left of the sheet.
This is the sixth time Canada Post and the U.S. Postal Service have jointly released stamps. They also released stamps to celebrate the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway (1959), the U.S. Bicentennial (1976), the 50th anniversary of the Peace Bridge (1977), the 25th anniversary of the St. Lawrence Seaway (1984), and the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of the east coast of North America (2006).
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