US #5253 – Vintage
2017 49c History of Hockey
Value: 49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate- Forever
Issued: October 20, 2017
First Day City: Detroit, MI
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 15,000,000 stamps
After the clock runs out in the final period of the National Hockey League (NHL) championship, the winner receives the coveted Stanley Cup. Each player on the winning team then circles the ice, hoisting the greatest prize in hockey over their heads in celebration. It’s the moment every fan and player of the sport dreams of.
The Stanley Cup was named after Lord Stanley of Preston, governor general of Canada. Stanley and his family became fans of hockey after watching a game at Montreal’s 1889 Winter Carnival. His sons later convinced him to donate a trophy. A decorative punch bowl engraved “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup,” it was first awarded to the Montreal Hockey Club in 1893.
In the U.S., new leagues formed, and the Stanley Cup was eventually made the prize of the NHL. Each year, the winning team engraved their names on sections (or bands) of the cup. When bands fill up, the oldest is removed and placed in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Today, the Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy in professional sports. The International Ice Hockey Federation has called it one of the “most important championships available to the sport.” Carrying over a century of history, this trophy is the most revered symbol in hockey.