In a tradition that dates back more than fifty years, the very best players square off against one another in the annual NHL All-Star game. Since 2000, Canada Post has added a new element to this tradition by issuing sets of six "NHL All-Star" stamps, paying tribute to the legends of the game who have provided Canadians with indelible memories to cherish forever.
Previous stamps have featured the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull. Canada Post plans to continue this great tradition in 2004, announcing today that six new hockey all-stars will be featured on stamps to be issued on January 24th, with the official unveiling taking place live on-ice at the Bell Centre prior to the Toronto Maple Leafs Montreal Canadiens hockey game. A total of 18 million domestic rate (49c) stamps in both self-adhesive and gummed formats will be issued.
This year's philatelic starting line-up will feature goaltender Johnny Bower, defencemen Brad Park and Larry Robinson, and forwards Marcel Dionne, Ted Lindsay and Milt Schmidt.
In addition to the stamps, numbered canvas prints of the stamp images featuring all six players will be available. Each limited-edition print will be hand-signed by the featured player. Unsigned lithographs and coasters will be issued for each of the six players, as well as a commemorative box set, which includes the souvenir sheet, six medallions and an authentic 2004 All-Star Game puck. Finally, a set of six new hockey stamp cards, with randomly-inserted autographed cards, will complement the 2003 set of 24 cards. New to the product line-up this year is a fun hockey puck bank.