Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Finland 2016
World Junior Hockey Championship 2016

ISSUE DATE: 22 January 2016
 STAMP DESIGN: Susanna Rumpu & Ari Lakaniemi

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship was the 40th World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. It was hosted in Helsinki in Finland. It began on December 26, 2015, and ended with the gold medal game on January 5, 2016. This marked the sixth time that Finland has hosted the WJC, and the hosts defeated Russia 4-3 in overtime to win their fourth title in history and second in the last three years. The personalized stamp that celebrates Finnish U20 team’s success at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship is available in Finnish Post’s online shop. The stamp bears a photograph of three young champions who became national heroes in the World Junior Championship held in Helsinki: Miro Keskitalo, Kasperi Kapanen and Vili Saarijarvi. The photograph was taken by Yelena Rusko immediately after the winning goal at the finals on 5 January 2016. 
Susanna Rumpu and Ari Lakaniemi designed the stamp. The stamp is a 1st class no-value indicator stamp that will be made as a personalized stamp. It is available in Finnish Post’s online shop as a 10-stamp sheet for EUR 11 per sheet from as of 15 January. "We wanted the stamp to highlight the positive energy the junior ice hockey team served to the people throughout the tournament, both at the rink and in the interviews that radiated joy and confidence," Tommi Kantola, Design Manager at Posti, says. Having one’s picture on a stamp is an honour that reflects the subject’s social importance or great accomplishment. “We think winning the World Junior Championship is definitely an important accomplishment,Tommi Kantola comments. “This is a tribute to the entire team and to the excellent World Junior Championship that were held in Finland. I would like to thank, once more, the Finnish fans who cheered the team during the amazing tournament with great enthusiasm,” says Timo Backman, Sports Director of the Finnish Ice Hockey Association and General Secretary of the World Junior Championship Organizing Committee.

Stamp images and description thanks to Posti