Friday, May 4, 2012

IIHF World Champions 2011 - Finland Hockey Team

 IIHF World Champions 2011

Onnea vuoden 2011 (Good Luck in 2011)
Maailmanmestareille  (World Champions)

postmarked in 2011 with a Finland Hockey Team stamp!

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IIHF = The International Ice Hockey Federation

It is the worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. It is based in Zurich, Switzerland, and has 70 members. It is responsible for the management of international ice hockey tournaments, and maintains the IIHF World Ranking.
Despite its worldwide authority, the IIHF has little control of hockey in North America, where the National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest hockey organization. Its base of power rests in Europe with the respective national governing bodies and leagues. Canada (Hockey Canada) and the United States (USA Hockey) are the only members who have their own rulebooks.

Big Congrats to Finland in 2011!!!!

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