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.
Blessed with incredible speed and an explosive slapshot, Bobby Hull rose quickly through the minor hockey ranks then to the top of NHL scoring. He signed with the Chicago Black Hawks at the age of 14, entering the NHL at just 18. Hull became the first player to score more than 50 regular-season goals in more than one season, and was an All-Star a total of 12 times. By the time Hull had joined the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association, "The Golden Jet" had established himself as a fan favourite and a true hockey legend.
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.