Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Czech Republic 2015 Stamp Issue
2015 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships

Hockey sticks - each stick contains a drawing of the flag of a state taking part in the championships. The first day cover contains lines with hockey gloves and the handstamp contains a hockey shield.

This year’s 79th World Ice Hockey Championships will be hosted by the Czech Republic. The host country was designated by the IIHF Congress in Cologne on 21 May 2010. The decision was adopted by a clear majority of 84 votes in favour of the Czech Republic to 22 votes against it. The other candidate country was Ukraine.

Like in the 2004 World Championships, the venues chosen by the organisers of the championships are O2 Aréna in Prague and ČEZ Aréna in Ostrava. This will already be the tenth world championships held in Prague (1933, 1938, 1947, 1959, 1972, 1978, 1985, 1992 and 2004).

The tournaments will be attended by 16 teams including the best 14 teams of the previous championships plus the 2 teams advancing from the Division I A tournament of the previous year (Slovenia and Austria). The latter will replace the teams of Italy and Kazakhstan that attended the past championships in Minsk.

The sixteen teams are divided into two basic groups of the World Championships.

The best four teams of each group will qualify for the quarterfinals that will be played cross-over. The first-place team in each qualification round group will play the fourth-place team from the other group. The second-place team will play the third-place team from the other qualification round group: 1A-4B, 2A-3B, 1B-4A, 2B-3A. The winning teams of the quarterfinal games will advance to the semi-finals.   

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ISSUE DATE: 15 April 2015
STAMP DESIGN: Kateřina Podoláková
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 23 mm
PRINTING PROCESS: multicoloured offset
Czech Post - Česká pošta PRODUCT NO.: 0845