With the Memorial Cup officially starting tonight, Canada Post has unveiled their commemorative stamp for the 100th edition of the tournament.
The stamp was revealed at City Hall Friday afternoon in front of many hockey fans and dignitaries, as it represents both past and present players.
Former Pats goaltender and Memorial Cup champion Ed Staniowski says as a Canadian Armed Forces veteran, the stamp is an honour.
“I think anyone who has had the fortune or the privilege to wear the uniform of the Canadian Armed Forces or to have played in the Canadian Hockey League, and maybe gone on to play in the NHL can appreciate what that stamp represents, and again it’s tied to the legacy of a very special trophy; one of the toughest trophies in sports to win.”
Federal Minister Ralph Goodale was on hand for the event, and says this year’s tournament will honour those that started this back in 1919.
“When the puck drops (Friday) night to begin this year’s Memorial Cup competition, we’ll see courage, resilience and skill,” Goodale says. “The traits of the hockey players, but also the traits of the fore-fathers of all of us, whom the Memorial cup honours.”
Mayor Michael Fougere says Memorial Cup fever has captivated the city.
“It is the event of the year, no question about of that, and same can be said about the Grey Cup, when it happens, it take over the city, this is the same thing,” Fougere says. “It’s massive in it’s appeal, and hockey is Canada, Saskatchewan is Canada, and Regina is hockey as well, it just means we’re going to be doing lot’s of celebrating over the next 10 days.”
The Memorial Cup starts tonight with Regina welcoming the Hamilton Bulldogs.