Canada Post has marked the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series with a stamp that celebrates the experience that millions of Canadians shared in as they watched an unprecedented clash of hockey titans – and Team Canada’s dying-seconds victory in Game 8 – on television.
For nearly a month, Canadians rode an emotional roller coaster together, from confidence to sobering defeats.
"On September 28, 1972, an estimated 13 to 15 million Canadians (out of 21 million) tuned in for that decisive game. They watched in their living rooms and panelled basement rec rooms. They watched in bars and Royal Canadian Legion Halls. They watched in factories and offices. They lined up shoulder to shoulder in front of televisions on sale in department stores. Schoolchildren watched on boxy TVs on stands wheeled into their gymnasium or classroom. Businesses closed to let employees watch," says a Canada Post news release.
"With a mere 34 seconds left in the game, Paul Henderson scored the series-winning goal. He later said, 'When I saw it go in, I just went bonkers.;' So did the country."
Canada Post has also released a special video (see below this story) in which several prominent Canadians recall their experience and the impact it had on the country. They include:
- Television journalist Lisa Laflamme
- Retired television journalist Peter Mansbridge;
- Sports broadcaster Pierre Houde;
- Paralympian Rick Hansen;
- Montreal Gazette editorial cartoonist Terry Mosher (a.k.a. Aislin),
- Five-time women’s world hockey champion France Saint-Louis;
- Scientist and broadcaster David Suzuki;
- President and CEO of Historica Canada Anthony Wilson-Smith; and
- Canada Post President and CEO Doug Ettinger.
The Summit Series stamp was designed by Jim Ryce, and illustrated by Gary Alphonso of Toronto. The illustration is inspired by a faceoff between Team Canada’s Phil Esposito (7) and a Soviet player in Game 3 at the Winnipeg Arena on September 6, 1972. The stamp issue is cancelled in Winnipeg. Printed by Lowe-Martin, the stamp issue includes a booklet of 10 Permanent domestic rate stamps and an Official First Day Cover.
Stamps and collectibles are available at canadapost.ca and postal outlets across Canada.