The hidden date for this stamp can be found on the player'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.
One of the greatest two-way players in hockey history, Denis Potvin had promise even before he reached the NHL. He was the New York Islanders' first draft pick in the 1973 NHL amateur draft, and he became the cornerstone of a team that would go on to win four consecutive Stanley Cup championships. Potvin led the team in scoring for the first four straight seasons and helped the club improve its defensive record. When Potvin retired in 1988, he was the all-time leading NHL defenceman in goals, assists and points.
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.