How excited is Finland about their recent World Junior Championship gold medal performance? They’re putting Kasperi Kapanen’s overtime goal celebration on a postage stamp, commemorating the Finnish World Juniors team’s gold medal.
The stamp is a photograph, taken by photographer Yelena Rusko, of Kapanen celebrating his golden goal with teammates Miro Keskitalo and Vili Saarijarvi. Kapanen scored an overtime goal against Team Russia in the gold medal game to clinch the championship for Team Finland on home ice. It is designed by Susanna Rumpu and Ari Lakaniemi.
The stamp is available starting on January 15.
“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,” Posti design manager Tommi Kantola told the IIHF website. “We think winning the World Junior Championship is definitely an important accomplishment.”
If there was any question about it, the answer has come in. Finland loves hockey and Kapenen hasn’t had a bad day in two weeks.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.