Ice Hockey World Championship in Switzerland
Update on 24 March 2020
In 1920, Switzerland took part in an Ice Hockey World Championship for the very first time. 100 years later, the country should have hosted the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. This was not to be, however.
Switzerland and the sport of ice hockey – now there’s a history that’s steeped in tradition. The fastest, most dynamic team sport in the world beguiles fans and brings them to the stadiums in droves. The most recent successes enjoyed by the Swiss national team had created a great atmosphere and a lot of anticipation during the build-up. That’s why the slogan for this IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship was “Let’s make history”. The tournament featuring the 16 best ice hockey nations had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.
We created two special stamps: the 85-cent face value stamp depicts the moment in which a hockey player tries for a goal. The goalie’s perspective is rarely seen, and it is this angle that makes the motif so interesting. On the 1-franc stamp, sportsmanship takes center stage: the five players are in motion, reflecting team spirit and the power and speed that are so typical of ice hockey. As for the colour scheme, both motifs are simplified to red and black. This helps them to stand out from the background, which is in cool tones of blue and grey. This background depicts the host nation of Switzerland with the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains.
Due to the extraordinary situation in Switzerland, the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship has been cancelled. For this reason, the competition was also stopped on 23 March 2020. Thank you for your understanding.
Philately: from 27.2.2020 to 31.3.2021 or while stocks last
Branches: from 5.3.2020 to 31.3.2021 or while stocks last
Unlimited from 5.3.2020
Offset, 4-colour; Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands
Stamps: 28 × 32.5 mm
Sheet: 100 × 228 mm (open), 100 × 114 mm (folded), 5 rows of 2 stamps
White stamp paper with optical brightener, self-adhesive, on backing paper, 196 gm²
Serpentine cut (4 sides)
Micha Seger, Zurich