May 6, a postage stamp dedicated to 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia to be issued

The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship has been 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 (except for 1940–1946, 1980, 1984 and 1988). The Soviet Union made its debut at the 1954 World Championship and immediately came to the forefront of the world hockey. In all the USSR/Russia has won 27 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals at World Championships.
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. Sixteen teams will be participating in the tournament, including Russia as the host nation.
The postage stamp features an official mascot of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship: Laika the Dog in a hockey sweater.
Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” has manufactured an illustrated cover with a block of four stamps and a first day cover with cancellation (Moscow) inside. A first day postmark for St Petersburg has also been made.
Design: O. Shushlebina.
Face value: 19 RUB.
Size of stamp: 37×37 mm, size of sheet: 131×131 mm.
Form of issue: sheet of 9 (3×3) stamps.
Circulation: 342,000 stamps (38,000 sheets).

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