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.
Immensely talented and highly skilled, Syl Apps became an inspirational leader for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the late 1930s and '40s. His athletic abilities - spanning football and pole-vaulting - attracted the attention of the Leafs in 1934, which led to Apps joining them in the 1936-37 season. He led the league in assists that season and was rewarded with the Calder trophy for rookie of the year. Captain of the Leafs prior to the 1940-41 season, Apps went on to lead his team to a total of three Stanley Cup championships before retiring in 1948.
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.