July 6, 2016

IIHF World Championship

Russia Post released a stamp on 6th May 2016 to commemorate the 2006 IIHF World Championship hosted by Russia.

 The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is a sports event organized and held by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) since 1920.At first, the tournament was held as part of the Olympic Games only but shifted to an annual format in 1930.The Soviet Union made its debut at the 1954 World Championship and immediately came to the forefront of the world hockey. The 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, the 80th edition of the tournament, is hosted by Russia and will take place at two arenas in Moscow and St Petersburg.

The postage stamp features an official mascot of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship: Laika the Dog in a hockey sweater.

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