On today’s date in 1950, Ted Lindsay scored a hat trick, helping his Stanley Cup Championship Detroit Red Wings defeat the NHL All-Stars 7-1 in the fourth NHL All-Star Game in Detroit, Mich.
In 2004, Canada Post commemorated Lindsay on a 49-cent stamp (Scott #2017c) as part of its six-stamp NHL All-Stars issue. Released in panes of six stamps (SC #2017), the issue also featured Larry Robinson (SC #2017a); Marcel Dionne (SC #2017b); Johnny Bower (SC #2017d); Brad Park (SC #2017e); and Milt Schmidt (SC #2017f). Printed by Lowe-Martin using seven-colour lithography, the stamps have general tagging along each side. The official first-day cover was cancelled in Montreal. It was Canada Post’s fifth NHL All-Stars issue.
“There’s a particular shade of orange in this year’s NHL All-Stars stamp set that hockey fans will recognize as authentic,” said Alain Leduc, stamp design manager, in 2004. “It’s the exact colour specified and approved by the National Hockey League for its trademark shield logo.”
Leduc said the designers chose to use painted illustrations rather than photographs as “a means of equalizing quality through the series;” however, he emphasizes it’s “very important to recognize the face of each player at stamp size.”
Based entirely on original photographs, the portraits were digitally retouched by artist Pierre Rousseau, who has often added colour to black-and-white photos (and even changed the shade of a jersey).
“He’s created these portraits to look as though they’d all been taken by the same photographer,” Leduc said.
A TRUE ALL-STAR
In 1950, at the fourth NHL All-Star Game, Lindsay opened the scoring and netted another before the end of the first period, taking the Red Wings into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead. He would score another goal, this shorthanded, late in the third period to stretch the lead to 7-1.