403502126- Official First Day Cover (Pack of 3)
403502150- Pane of 6 stamps
Issued: Jan. 12, 2002
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Canada's Stamp Details (Vol. XI No 1; January - March 2002)On February 1-2, 2002, the City of Los Angeles welcomes hockey's brightest stars as it hosts the 2002 NHL All-Star Game and events. Since 1947, NHL's best players have been selected by the coaches, executives, the media or fans to take part in this spectacular event, celebrated by a set of six stamps from Canada Post.
Glenn Hall played minor league hockey until being signed by the Detroit Red Wings farm team in 1949. He joined the Red Wings for the 1955-56 season and then led the Chicago Blackhawks to Stanley Cup victory in 1960-61. With the
Tim Horton played 24 seasons in the NHL, 18 of them for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Horton played his first full season for Toronto in 1952-53. He appeared in seven All-Star Games, and in 1962 was on the Maple Leafs team that won the first of four Stanley Cups in the 1960s. Traded to the New York Rangers in 1970, and to the Pittsburgh Penguins a year later, Horton became a Buffalo Sabre until his death in 1974. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977, Horton played in a total of 1,446 games.
A member of eight Stanley Cup-winning teams, Leonard Patrick 'Red' Kelly played junior hockey with the St. Michael's Majors. In 1947, he became a member of the Detroit Red Wings. Although he was a defenceman, he won the Lady Byng Trophy - awarded to the player best combining skill and sportsmanship - four times and appeared in thirteen All-Star Games. In 1960, he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs. From 1962 to 1965, Kelly was active in politics as a member of Parliament. He won his final Stanley Cup with the Maple Leafs in 1967. Kelly finished his career as coach with Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Toronto.
Howie Morenz's great skill and speed were instrumental in the NHL's expansion into the United States. Morenz signed with the Montréal Canadiens for the
A combination of speed and style made Guy Lafleur the most exciting player on the Montréal Canadiens teams of the mid- to late-seventies, with six consecutive 50-goal seasons. He joined the Canadiens in 1971-72 and blossomed in the 1974-75 season where he began surpassing records and appeared in the first of his six All-Star games. Lafleur retired in 1991 with 560 goals, five Stanley cups and a trophy awarded in his name to the playoff MVP in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Phil Esposito retired from playing in the NHL in 1981 with a total of 717 goals, 1,590 points and ten All-Star Game appearances. He had joined the Chicago Blackhawks in 1963, and was a consistent high-scorer, but after his trade to Boston in 1967 he broke many scoring records and led Canada to a dramatic come-from-behind win in the 1972 Canada-Russia series. Esposito eventually turned to coaching and management for several major-league teams, passing on his legacy to a new generation of players.
About the Stamps
Designed by Stéphane Huot of Montreal, and with illustrations by Charles Vinh and Pierre Rousseau, these glorious, stamps reflect the history and personalities of some of hockey's most enduring legends. Each of the six stamps includes an detailed head-and-shoulder portrait superimposed on a silver star.
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