Three stamps from the series "XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi: Legends of sport" which feature the famous Olympic champions Aleksandr Ragulin, Anatoly Firsov and Vsevolod Bobrov, have been launched in a ceremony taking place at Moscow’s CSKA Ice Sports Complex on 25th December.
The ceremony was attended by Olympic champions and multiple world champions Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov, the management of CSKA hockey club, and the representative of the Russian Post Office. As part of the Sochi 2014 Philatelic Program, replica stamps dedicated to outstanding hockey players will be presented to the CSKA Hockey Hall of Fame Museum.
Each player had a distinguished career.
Aleksandr Ragulin (1941-2004) - Defender, Honored Master of Sports, three-time Olympic champion, 10-time world champion. Aleksandr played for Russian hockey clubs Khimik and CSKA. In the USSR championships, Aleksandr Ragulin played 427 matches and scored 63 goals. He played 102 games and scored 14 goals for the national team at the World and European Championships and the Olympic Games. He was the named the best defender at the World Championship in 1966 and participated of the legendary Canada-USSR Summit Series in 1972.
Anatoly Firsov (1941-2000) - Soviet hockey player, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, three-time Olympic champion and 8-time world champion. He played 474 matches and scored 344 goals against his opponents at national championships goal and played 67 matches and scored 66 goals at the World and Europe Championships and Olympic Games. He was recognized as best attacker at world and European championships four times.
Vsevolod Bobrov (1922-1979) - Soviet captain of football and hockey teams, awarded the Order of Lenin. He played for CDKA in the USSR championships from 1947 to 1957for the Air Force of the Moscow Military District in 1950 -1953 and during the first two seasons was a player and coach at the same time. He played 130 matches and scored 254 goals. He played 25 games and scored 34 goals at the World Championships, European Championships and Olympic Games. In 1956, Vsevolod Bobrov was captain of the Olympic national hockey team which won gold medals. In total, he scored 332 goals, including 34 for the USSR national team.
Notes for the editor
Postal and philatelic products have accompanied all the modern Olympic Games since 1896. Stamps issued by the country hosting the Games are a part of every Olympics and, without doubt, highly prized items in any stamp collection.
The Sochi 2014 Philatelic Program began in 2011, with the launch of a press sheet featuring the stamp "Sochi - the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014". The first stamps were also launched in the series "The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Tourism on Russia's Black Sea Coast" and "The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Olympic Winter Sports". The total circulation of all stamps issued in 2011 was more than 10 million, while in 2012 this reached approximately 12 million. Sales from the first few months alone have revealed strong interest in the stamps, both from philatelists and the population as a whole.
In total, 6 sheets of stamps and 50 different stamps, maximum cards and postcards will be released prior to the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, as well as collectors' editions of all the stamps released, in decorative bindings. The subjects used for Sochi 2014 philatelic merchandise include winter sports, mascots of the 2014 Games, the Olympic sports venues, the Olympic Torch Relay, sports legends and views of Krasnodar Region.