Last Friday two billboard depicting a bison, the mascot of 2014 World Hockey Championship, were installed in the city center - one near the city hall, the other in the garden square near Oktyabrskaya Metro Station.
The bison as the mascot of 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship was chosen out of 40 variants in 2010. The bison mascot was created by designer Vitaly Ortjukh. In April, 2013 the bison got his name - Volat (which from the Belarusian language means a hero of Slavic legends).
During the Championship matches at Minsk Arenas four life-size bison puppets performed by professional Canadian artists will entertain the audience.