August 9, 2012

AC and Sonny Wade featured on Canada Post stamp


MONTREAL – To celebrate this year’s 100th Grey Cup game, Canada Post and the Montreal Alouettes are issuing a commemorative stamp highlighting both the franchise’s rich history and the current team.

Anthony Calvillo, Sonny Wade and the Alouettes’ commemorative stamp.

The Alouettes are proud to present a sneak peak of their personalized stamp, showcasing pro football’s all-time leading passer and current Alouettes’ quarterback Anthony Calvillo, as well as Sonny Wade, who led his team to victory over the Edmonton Eskimos in the famous 1977 Grey Cup game better known as the “Ice Bowl”.

“This as a tremendous honour to be seen on a stamp,” said three-time Grey Cup champion Calvillo, now in his 15th season with the Alouettes. “When you’re young and dream of playing a professional sport, never do you envision that your photo will end up on a stamp. This is a huge honour for me because Canada is where I spent the majority of my career, and it’s also the place I call home.”

Montreal was also home for Wade who spent 10 seasons with the Alouettes from 1969 to 1978. Wade’s legacy with the team was cemented on November 27, 1977 when he lead the Als to a resounding 41-6 Grey Cup win over the Edmonton Eskimos in front of over 68,000 fans at frigid Olympic Stadium.

“It was cold that day and the field was completely frozen,” recalled the Grey Cup Game MVP who still passed for 340 yards and three touchdowns that day. “Thanks to [teammate] Tony Proudfoot thinking of putting staples in the soles of his shoes for more traction, we all did the same and the Eskimos spent the rest of the game unable to chase us down. That was an incredible win which none of us or Alouettes fans will ever forget.”

The Alouettes’ stamp is the first of nine stamps which will be unveiled, one for each CFL team and another for the Grey Cup. Each stamp tells the many wonderful stories of Grey Cup lore leading up the 100th Grey Cup game in Toronto on November 25, 2012. The Alouettes stamp will be available on August 16 at all post offices, via Canada Post’s website, and at RedZone.MontrealAlouettes.com.