Symbolic handover from Slovak mascot Macejko to Swiss mascot Cooly.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice came to an end on Sunday, 26 May where during the gold medal game between Canada and Finland, the World Championship was ceremonially handed over from Slovakia to Switzerland.
In the second intermission of the final game between Canada and Finland the Slovak mascot Macejko handed over a puck to Cooly. The performance of the two mascots marked a symbolical handover. Now, the Swiss organizers of the upcoming World Championships in Zurich and Lausanne (8-24 May 2020) will be in charge of preparing the next edition.
Gian Gilli, General Secretary: "For almost a year now, the Organising Committee has been working flat out on the preparations for this major event. The excitement is huge, and we are convinced that the IIHF World Championship in Switzerland will be an unforgettable ice hockey party for the national and international hockey community. We are ready – Let's make history!
From Slovakia's Macejko to Switzerland's Cooly - the mascot handover took place during the gold medal game in Bratislava. Switzerland is the next host of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Zurich and Lausanne, 8 to 24 May 2020.
Cooly is back!
The popular and well-known mascot Cooly is back! He had his first appearances at the last IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Switzerland in 2009. After guest appearances at the European Athletics Championships in 2014 and World Class Zurich, Cooly is back in the service of the ice hockey community. He will already be seen at various events in the run-up to the World Championship and drum up support for the event.