Black History: Colored Hockey Championship

Posted on Jan. 27, 2020 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

Issue date: January 24, 2020

Between 1895 and the early 1930s, all-Black ice hockey teams in the Maritimes thrilled mixed audiences and news reporters alike as they challenged each other to exciting matches and vied for the ultimate prize – the Colored Hockey Championship.

Created as a means of drawing more men to church and strengthening their religious path, all-Black hockey also served to dispel myths about Black people’s abilities. With their fast-paced, physical games and down-to-the-ice style of goaltending, the players made real contributions to the game. While winning on the ice was a moment to celebrate, the greater triumph was the pride experienced by Black communities across the region.

“I grew up watching hockey without knowing the legacy of these teams,” said Craig Smith, president of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. “Telling this important story will broaden the public’s understanding of the contributions of the African-Canadian community in the Maritimes to our national winter sport.”

Stamp Specifications

Booklet of 10 stamps - Black History: Colored Hockey Championship
  • Product #: 414128111
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $9.20
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Lime Design
  • Illustration: Ron Dollekamp
  • Dimensions: 32 mm x 40 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
  • Quantity: 140,000
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Official First Day Cover - Black History: Colored Hockey Championship
  • Product #: 414128131
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Lime Design
  • Illustration: Ron Dollekamp
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Quantity: 9,000
  • Cancellation site: Halifax NS
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