The hidden date for this stamp can be found on the goalie's hockey stick.
As players and fans alike prepare for the 2001 All-Star weekend scheduled for February 2-4 in Denver, Colorado, Canada Post shines the spotlight on six All-Star legends. Jean Béliveau, Terry Sawchuk, Eddie Shore, Denis Potvin, Bobby Hull and Syl Apps grace the souvenir sheet of six domestic rate ($0.47) stamps to be released on January18, 2001.
By playing more games and recording more shutouts than any other goaltender in NHL history, Terry Sawchuk was considered by many to be the greatest goalie of all time. After joining the Detroit Red Wings' junior club in 1946, Sawchuk went on to become rookie of the year in three separate leagues (United States Hockey League 1947-48, American Hockey League 1948-49, and the NHL 1950-51). He made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1949-50 season, and was named to seven All-Star teams during his 20-season career. Despite numerous injuries, Sawchuk set the standard by which today's goaltenders are measured.
About the Stamp
Stéphane Huot, an independent graphic designer from Montreal, regards the All-Stars issue as a labour of love. He was honoured with the responsibility of depicting these six hockey greats because he feels they are not only sportsmen, but cultural icons who shape our national pride. The design aspects he chose (coloured stripes, stars) were inspired by the graphic language of hockey uniforms, with silver added to lend prestige. Colourful illustrations by Charles Vinh convey the dynamic feeling of the sport, as do the action shots of the players. While the pane was rendered in eight-colour lithography, three photographs were kept in black-and-white to stay faithful to the original photos of that time.