Canada Post is pleased to bring fans and collectors the fourth NHL All-Stars souvenir sheet of six domestic rate ($0.48) stamps. Commemorating the 2003 All-Star Game and events on February 1-2, 2003 in Florida, this set features six legendary hockey players: Bill Durnan, Raymond Bourque, Serge Savard, Stan Mikita, Mike Bossy, and Frank Mahovlich.
Toronto-born ambidextrous goaltender Bill Durnan had a long career as an amateur before he turned pro. He entered the NHL as a 27-year-old rookie with the Montréal Canadiens in 1943-44, and spent just seven years in the league. During that time, Durnan won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie six times, was selected to the First All-Star Team on six occasions, and helped his team win the Stanley Cup title two times. Durnan, who trained himself to memorize the habits of the game's best players, set a modern NHL record in 1948-49 when he went unscored upon for 309 minutes and 21 seconds, including four shutout games. Durnan was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1964.
About the Stamps' Design
The 2003 NHL All-Stars stamp set was designed by Stéphane Huot of Montréal, assisted by illustrator Charles Vinh and computer artist Pierre Rousseau. As with previous NHL stamp sheets, each player is shown in an action shot and in a formal portrait as part of the selvedge. New this year, we have produced a self-adhesive booklet panel of 6 designs.