UFA, Russia – The mascot for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship in Ufa, Russia, has been selected. It’s a bear that will excite fans at the arenas next winter.
The mascot was chosen from a contest held by the Organizing Committee. Everybody was allowed to send proposals and over 100 suggestions came in.
It was a hard decision with Yevgenia Nitylkina from Moscow winning the contest with her design of Mishka, the Russian word for teddy bear.
She won the main prize, 10,000 Rubles (€260) and a set of 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship gifts with her bear design.