Next month, Canada Post and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will release a joint issue celebrating the history of hockey.
On Oct. 20, at 11 a.m., Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra will join USPS Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan for a dedication ceremony at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mi. The event will be free and open to the public.
The stamp designs will be unveiled at a later date.
FIRST HOCKEY STAMP
The first hockey stamp issued by Canada was the 1956 five-cent stamp featuring three players (one a goalie and another stick handling the puck) wearing “CANADA” jerseys. Designed by James Simpkins, of Ottawa, the stamp was engraved and printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company, Ottawa.
The previous Canada-U.S. joint issue came a decade ago, in 2007, when it joined six other nations in celebrating the International Polar Year 2007-2008. Each participating country, which included Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, issued the same sized souvenir sheet but with different designs.