Power play

Red Kelly and Dr. Murray Howe stand near stamp display

The History of Hockey stamps were dedicated Oct. 20 by USPS and Canada Post in Detroit.

PMG Megan J. Brennan and Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra led the ceremony, which also featured Red Kelly, an eight-time Stanley Cup champion, and Dr. Murray Howe, son of iconic player Gordie Howe.

“Hockey is the perfect subject for Canada and the United States to honor through these stamps,” the PMG said. “These unique commemorative stamps capture the history and tradition that have defined our shared winter pastime and symbolize the people, places and events that connect us.”

The History of Hockey stamps are se-tenant, which means they are attached on one side, yet differ in design.

The scene on the first stamp portrays a modern hockey player. The second stamp shows a vintage hockey player, representing the game’s past, set against a snowy background.

USPS is offering the stamps in panes of 20, as well as a souvenir sheet that contains the two Forever stamps and an image on the selvage — the area outside the stamps on the sheet — that depicts a father teaching his daughter how to play hockey on a pond.

The selvage image was revealed during the dedication ceremony.

The stamps will be available at usps.com and Post Offices nationwide. The Postal Service’s news release has more information.