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Lions on stamp

Lions on stamp

Finnish World Junior champs on your letter

Published 15.01.2016 16:04 GMT+2 | Author Organizing Committee
Lions on stamp
The new Finnish stamp honouring the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship winners.
The Finnish World Junior Champions receive their own stamp after their gold-medal game win on home ice in Helsinki.

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.


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