The official stamp of the ice hockey world championship 2012 tournament to be organized in Helsinki, Finland will portray the widely noted mascot HockeyBird. The Finnish stamp, postcards and first day cover will be available for sale on March 21, 2012.
The stamp and additional products are designed by the man behind the look of the mascot itself - Lead Artist Toni Kysenius of Rovio Entertainment, who has now fulfilled his long-time dream of designing a stamp.
"HockeyBird's job is to bring high-voltage bird energy to the great sporting event and to barge into anything and everything, so it is only natural that he will also take over the stamp," Toni Kysenius says.
For the implementation of the stamp, Mr. Kysenius also wants to thank his co-worker Olga Budanova at Rovio, whose soft touch shows in the stamp illustration.
The first-class self-adhesive stamp sold in sheets of ten is also well suited for sending greetings abroad. Five million copies of the stamp will be printed.
A sheet of ten stamps will cost EUR 7.5 and a first day cover EUR 1.30. Tournament greetings can be sent with HockeyBird postcards. There are five different postcards in a package that has the same theme.
Finland and Sweden share the hosting of the ice hockey world championship tournament in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, the main arena for the tournament is the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, and Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena will have a supporting role. The 2012 tournament will be played from 4 to 20 May.