Swiss Post have produced two special stamps to mark this year's IIHF World Championships in Switzerland ©Swiss Post

Swiss Post has launched two stamps to mark the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships due to take place later this year in Switzerland.

Two special stamps have been created for the event, scheduled to take place in Lausanne and Zurich between May 8 and 24, and which will mark the centenary of the Swiss national team making its debut at the IIHF World Championships. 

The CHF0.85 (£0.70/$0.90/€0.80)-face value stamp depicts the moment in which a hockey player tries for a goal.

The goalkeepers' perspective is rarely seen, and it is this angle that makes the motif so interesting, Swiss Post claim.

On the CHF1 (£0.80/$1.05/€0.95) stamp, sportsmanship takes centre stage, Swiss Post explain in the marketing literature, with five players in motion, reflecting team spirit and the power and speed that, it is claimed, is so typical of ice hockey.

The CHF1 stamp illustrates the importance of teamwork in ice hockey ©Swiss Post
The CHF1 stamp illustrates the importance of teamwork in ice hockey ©Swiss Post

Both motifs are simplified to red and black to help them, Swiss Post claim, 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.

The new stamps will be available from all Swiss Post branches and the online shop from today. 

Last year, Swiss Post published a special set of stamps to celebrate the Winter Youth Olympic Games, which took place in Lausanne in January.