It’s every NHL Hockey fan’s dream to have an opportunity to stand in the same room with one of the NHL’s legendary hockey players.
Recently graphic designers Avi Dunkelman and Joseph Gault, partners of Mix Design Group, Toronto unveiled their newest collection of postage stamps for Canada Post- Legendary Defenseman from the NHL’s Original Six Era at the Hockey Hall of Fame. On hand for the ceremony were longtime Boston Bruins great, Bobby Orr and Red Kelly, Harry Howell and Pierre Pilote along with family members of the late Tim Horton and Doug Harvey. They were introduced by Canada Post president, and CEO, Deepak Chopra and Transport Minister, Lisa Raitt.
The latest stamp issue also includes those featuring Canada’s seven NHL Hockey teams and the Zamboni ice resurface.
“We were so honoured to be chosen for this project,” said Dunkelman of the competition held by Canada Post for the 5-year contract. “It was really quite difficult for Joe and I because the old NHL hockey images were hard to find initially and when we did we noticed a magenta hue on them caused by age. It was complicated to balance skin tones and colour enhancements.” Each stamp features an image of the player in uniform with their enlarged jersey numbers in the background.
Orr is the only defenseman in league history to twice win the Art Ross Trophy for scoring. The eight-time all-star won three straight Hart Trophies as league MVP and guided the Bruins to Stanley Cup wins in 1970 and 1972.
Gault was particularly excited about the project and meeting the legends because he comes from a Hockey family. “I’ve followed many of them since I was a kid. My late father was a professional hockey player in Scotland and my brother, Peter played Junior A with Wayne Gretzky.”
Both Dunkelman and Gault are looking forward to the unveiling in 2017 of another unique hockey stamp collection for Canada Post when the NHL Hockey celebrates 100 years. “We started two years ago to work on this collection. But right now it’s under wraps and a secret,” laughs Dunkelman.”