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North American Tour season ends with Davis win in Madison. 6-22-2013
The Great Lakes Invitational (an open entry tournament) ended the 2012-13 tour year in Madison, WI. The organizers unveiled a new trophy listing all the winners. In the finals, Eric Davis of Byron, IL defeated Darwin Sampson of Madison 4 games to 1. Third place went to Eric Krol of the Chicago area. The finals were livestreamed on the web and are archived: HERE. Results thread (including game-by-game playoffs can be found HERE.
North Americans compete in Stiga World Championships in Stavanger, Norway 6-9-2013
Reggie Stefaniszyn and Kent Richter of Canada and Kevin Rafferty of the USA competed for their countries at the ITHF World Championships in Norway this weekend. They played in the veterans, team and open competitions. Martin Dion, a Canadian living in Germany, also competed for Canada. Reggie was the highest-finishing North American player at 64th. He advanced to the top group. There were about 120 or so players. You can check out the web site for results: HERE.
Gamache wins Montreal Canadian Stiga Masters 6-1-2013
Alain Gamache of Gatinueau, defeated Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton in the finals to win the Canadian Masters event in Montreal. Taking the B pool was Carlo Bossio, the noted Coleco player/game maker. The C pool went to David Donar of Toronto. D pool honors went to Warren Morris. The web site is: HERE.
New issue of "The Score" now out 5-27-2013
The latest issue of "The Score," the electronic newsletter of the USTHA and CTHA, is now available. It's password protected for USTHA and CTHA members. You can check it out : HERE.
Montreal to host Canadian Stiga Masters on June 1 4-8-2013
Veteran table hockey organizer and player Pierre Chastenais has announced the annual Montreal tournament, formerly known as the Rose Bowl Classic, will take place June 1. You can check out the web site: HERE.
Next up: Gatineau tournament on April 27 3-25-2013
CTHA President John Cooke will be putting on a Stiga tournament in Gatineau, OTT on Saturday, April 27. It's the 10th edition of the event known as the Canada Challenge. It'll be held at the Walter Baker Sports Centre. More details to come. For more information, please check out the web site: HERE.
Axelsen four-peat in Detroit 3-24-2013
Denmark's Bjarne Axelsen won the Stiga North American Championship tournament in suburban Detroit for the fourth consecutive time on Saturday. He defeated US table hockey legend Kenny Dubois of the Boston area in the finals. Video of the finals, which were broadcast live on the Internet, can be viewed HERE. Some results can be viewed HERE. For more information, please check out the web site: HERE.
Detroit SNAC signup strong 3-8-2013
The Stiga North American Championships, to be held March 22-23 in suburban Detroit, have pretty strong interest this year. So far, 40 players have signed up for Stiga and another 25 for the Friday night Coleco event. Organizers Eric Krol, John Medema, Kevin Williams and Paul Ruiz are making preparations for this event. For more information, please check out the web site: HERE.
Gatineau tournament scheduled for April 3-4-2013
CTHA President John Cooke has announced there will be a Stiga tournament in Gatineau, OTT on Saturday April 27. It's the 10th edition of the event known as the Canada Challenge. It'll be held at the Walter Baker Sports Centre. More details to come. For more information, please check out the web site: HERE.
Roman Nezhyba wins Stiga Shootout in SoCal 1-5-2013
The first table hockey tournament of the calendar year was won by Roman Nezhyba over Reggie Stefaniszyn 4-3 in the Best of 7 Finals Saturday in Southern California. Roman, a speedy player from the Czech Republic who now lives in Southern California, came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win. Dr. Kevin Rafferty, the tournament organizer, upended Ron Marsik of suburban Chicago for third place.
From left to right: Kevin Rafferty, Roman Nezhyba and Reggie Stefaniszyn.
Detroit SNAC weekend dates announced 1-4-2013
The Stiga North American Championships will be held March 22-23 in suburban Detroit (Livonia, MI). Organizers Eric Krol, John Medema, Kevin Williams and Paul Ruiz are making preparations for this event. For more information, please check out the web site: HERE.
New Year starts with tournament in Southern California 1-1-2013
The first table hockey tournament of the calendar year is Saturday in Southern California. Dr. Kevin Rafferty will host the U.S. Stiga Shootout. For more information, please check out the web site: HERE. Following this event, we're waiting word on a tournament date for the yearly event in Binghamton, N.Y. Then in March, it's the SNAC weekend in Detroit.
Gamache wins in Gatineau 11-24-2012
Alain Gamache won the Canada Cup of Table Hockey event in Gatineau, Canada. Taking second was David Donar, a Detroit native who's now in South Carolina.
Southern California tournament date announced 11-11-2012
Dr. Kevin Rafferty has announced the date of the U.S. Stiga Shootout. It will be held Saturday, Jan. 5. For more information, please check out the web site: HERE.
Axelsen repeats in Toronto 11-4-2012
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark defeated Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton in the finals to repeat as Stiga Canada Cup champ in the Toronto suburbs. Anette Engel of Denmark took third over Paul Shabi of suburban Detroit. Alain Gamache of Gatineau, CAN won the B group. More info at the web site: HERE.
Tournament announced for Ottawa 11-1-2012
CTHA President John Cooke has announced the Canada Cup of Table Hockey event to be held Saturday, Nov. 24 in Ottawa. Check out the web site: HERE.
Toronto nearly sold out 10-31-2012
The spots in the Stiga Canada Cup event in Toronto are nearly gone. Just one left, according to organizer Eugene Kurz. More info at the web site: HERE.
Rafferty wins Vegas 10-16-2012
Dr. Kevin Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA defeated Reggie Stefaniszyn 4-3 to win the Let's Play Hockey tournament in Las Vegas, NV. Jim Rzonca, the tournament organizer, was third. Check out some photos and results here: CCC
Reggie repeats in Edmonton 9-29-2012
Reggie Stefaniszyn won the CCC tournament at the West Edmonton Mall, defeating Kent Richter 4-1 in the finals. Congrats to Reggie, who won last year's event and organized them both. Results and stats to come, but in the meantime you can catch up on some of the action and see links to videos here: CCC
Kevin Rafferty is 2011-12 USTHA Player of the Year 7-21-2012
Dr. Kevin Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA is the 2011-12 USTHA USA Player of the Year. He picked up the most points of any player on the North American Tour this year. He was presented with a trophy marking the occasion at the 2012 Stiga U.S. Open before the start of the second round. Kevin is pictured below.
Young Paul Shabi wins the 2012 Stiga U.S. Open in Chicago 7-21-2012
Sixteen-year-old Paul Shabi of Fraser, MI has captured the 2012 Stiga U.S. Open championship. See a picture of him with his father, Viktor, and trophy, below. He bested a field of 29 players, including Eric Davis of Byron, IL in the finals. B Pool went to Darwin Sampson of Madison, WI. The C Pool went to hometown gal Claire Rzonca for the second year in a row. And the D Pool went to rookie Bobby Bailey of Olympia Fields, IL. Round robin and playoff results at here: U.S. Open Results Page.
Stiga U.S. Open is July 21 in suburban Chicago 6-25-2012
The Stiga U.S. Open will take place on Saturday, July 21 in Lemont, IL. This long-running event has been held since 2002 (the precursor was called the Big 54 tournament). There will be a Coleco tournament on Friday night. For more details on the event, please click here: 2012 U.S. Open. To discuss this event on tablehockeyheaven, please click here: U.S. Open message board.
Medema wins in Madison 6-24-2012
John Medema of Tinley Park, IL won the Great Lakes Invitational on Sunday, June 24 in Madison, WI. He defeated Eric Davis of Byron, IL in the finals to claim his first tournament win on the North American Tour. For more details on how the day unfolded, please click here: GLI 2012.
Axelsen wins Canadian Masters 6-9-2012
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark defeated Eric Desjardins of Gatineau to win the first Canadian Masters of Stiga tournament in Montreal (formerly the Rose Bowl Classic event). For more details on how the day unfolded, please click here: Canadian Masters.
Madison, WI tournament returns 4-27-2012
The Great Lakes Invitational tournament will return to a Sunday date this year. The event in Madison, WI will be played on June 24. Registration is now open. For more information, please click here: GLI site.
Canadian Masters in Montreal web site launches 4-2-2012
Veteran Montreal table hockey organizer Pierre Chastenais has launched the web site for the Canadian Masters tournament that will be held June 2. This is the new name for the event formerly known as the Rose Bowl Classic. For more information, please click here: Canadian Masters site.
Axelsen threepeats in Detroit 3-24-2012
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark won the Stiga North American Championships in Detroit, defeating Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton in the finals 4 games to 2. Taking the B group was Eric Davis of Byron, IL. Winning the C was Paul Ruiz of Toledo, OH. Dave Wright of the Pittsburgh area won the D division. Turnout was strong at 48 players, with 13 taking part in a Coleco tournament the night before. For some quick results, please click here: SNAC results thread on tablehockeyheaven.com.
Stiga North American Championships in Detroit taking shape 2-20-2012
The 2012 Stiga North American Championships are the next tournament on the tour. This fun weekend of table hockey is set for March 23-24 in suburban Detroit (Livonia, MI). There will be a Coleco tournament on Friday night followed by a Stiga event on Saturday. To find out more, please click here: SNAC web site.
New champ crowned in Binghamton 2-18-2012
The 2012 Battle at Binghamton saw a new champion crowned. A player from the Boston area (who asked that his name not be used) defeated Mike Hubbard of the Pittsburgh area 4-1 in the finals. Dave Wright of the Pittsburgh area won the B Group 4-2 over tournament organizer Mike Horan. C group winner was Tom Livanis of New York. For more, click here: Binghamton Results Thread.
UPDATE:Tournament Stats now posted.
Binghamton registration closing fast 2-9-2012
Registration for the Battle at Binghamton is closing fast. There's a 24-player limit at this year's event. So far, 23 spots are taken. It's possible the organizers will have a waiting list. More info here: Binghamton web site.
ITHF News all in one place 1-30-2012
We'll try to post International Table Hockey Federation news in one place. We've added a link in the right-hand column of his home page. That link takes you to a thread on tablehockeyheaven.com: ITHF News.
Battle at Binghamton registration going strong 1-21-2012
The latest edition of the Battle at Binghamton tournament will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 in upstate New York. Participation is limited to the first 24 registered and paid entrants. As of this writing, 15 players have registered. Don't be shut out...register today. The tournament web site is here: Battle at Binghamton.
Stefaniszyn wins Southern California U.S. Stiga Shootout 1-14-2012
Reggie Stefaniszyn defeated Kevin Rafferty 4-1 in the finals of the U.S. Stiga Shootout. There was also a major youth tournament that drew more than 40 players who had a great time. For some results, click HERE. For some photos, click here: Las Vegas THC Facebook page. Also try the Las Vegas THC Twitter feed.
2012 starts with tournaments in January, February, March 12-31-2011
The 2012 calendar year will start off with three tournaments in three months. First up is the U.S. Stiga Shootout on Jan. 14 in southern California. Then the Battle at Binghamton will be held on Feb. 18 in upstate New York. And the Stiga North American Championships will take place March 23-24 in Detroit. Click on the tournament links in the left-hand column for more information. Happy New Year to the table hockey world!
Stiga U.S. Open 2012 weekend dates announced 12-30-2011
Longtime organizer Jim Rzonca has announced the dates of the Stiga U.S. Open Weekend: July 20-21 in Lemont, IL. There will be a Coleco tournament on Friday late afternoon and a Stiga tournament on Saturday. The tournament web site is here: STIGA US OPEN.
Axelsen wins the inaugural Stiga Canada Cup tournament 11-26-2011
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark defeated his fiancee Anette Engel 4-0 in the finals to win the Stiga Canada Cup tournament on Saturday, Nov. 26 near Toronto. Edmonton's Reggie Stefaniszyn took third. Taking the B Division was Christopher Hutsell of Toronto and the C Division was won by youngster Ricky Sugden of the Toronto area. Some results are here: CANADA CUP. And congrats to organizers Eugene Kurz and Rick Grisdale, the distributor of Stiga games in Canada. Update: Rankings have been updated.
Rick Grisdale, left, and Eugene Kurz congratulate runner-up Anette Engel of Denmark (Eric Krol photo)
Updates from the Stiga Canada Cup tournament 11-23-2011
We'll be posting updates and photos from the Stiga Canada Cup tournament as time and technology allow. The tournament is Saturday, Nov. 26 near Toronto. We'll use the USTHA Twitter page. You don't have to be a Twitter user to see the information. Just visit the Twitter page HERE.
Battle at Binghamton Adds Facebook Page 10-20-2011
Mike Horan, the organizer of the Battle at Binghamton tournament, has added a Facebook page. He's got some tournament date info and photos. Check it out HERE.
Registrations rolling in for Stiga Canada Cup tournament in Toronto 10-20-2011
The inaugural Stiga Canada Cup tournament is gaining momentum. Now 16 players signed up for the event, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 26, just outside the world-class city of Toronto. Check it out HERE.
Ostlund wins Las Vegas tournament 10-16-2011
Peter Ostlund of Sweden defeated fellow countryman Pontus Eriksson in the finals of the Let's Play Hockey tournament in Las Vegas today. Taking the B Group was hometown favorite John Labianca over Dwayne Pankiw of Edmonton. The C group went to college student Sean Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA over "Vegas Jay" Petrick. We've posted some results from the Las Vegas tournament, with more to come. You can check it out in this thread at TABLE HOCKEY HEAVEN and photos on the Las Vegas Table Hockey Club TWITTER FEED.
New table hockey tournament in Toronto 10-6-2011
There's a new addition to the table hockey slate this year. The Stiga Canada Cup will take place on Saturday, Nov. 26 in the Toronto area. Mr. Eugene Kurz and Mr. Rick Grisdale are teaming up to put on a sanctioned tournament. There are cash prizes, trophies, team packs and other Stiga merchandise to be given out, in addition to a trophy for the best player 14 years of age and under. Those eliminated in the playoff rounds early on will get a chance to play in a 2-on-2 team tournament and a '3-puck challenge' tournament. We don't want to spoil all the great details, so go to the tournament web site: HERE.
LTHL promotes table hockey with Chicago Blackhawks 9-23-2011
The Lemont Table Hockey League promoted our great game in front of a sold-out crowd at the Chicago Blackhawks' fan training camp festival on Saturday, Sept. 17. The games were hopping all day in the concourse of the United Center. More pictures are on display: HERE.
Stefaniszyn wins in Edmonton 9-18-2011
Reggie Stefaniszyn won this year's Centennial Challenge Cup tournament at the West Edmonton Mall. He defeated Kent Richter, his longtime player partner, in the finals 4 games to 3. Taking third was Phillipe Majerech of Calgary. Kevin Rafferty of Southern California was fourth. More results to be posted HERE.
Update: Rankings page has now been updated.
Binghamton tournament moves to February 8-31-2011
The Battle at Binghamton tournament will move from November 2011 to February 2012. Organizers Mike Horan and Gerald Kiballa have put together a statement, and here it is: The organizers of the Battle at Binghamton have announced a date change for the event. It will now be held in February instead of November. A push back of three months will give the organizers better flexibility with date conflicts they had and additional time to plan for this great event. The tentative date for the next “Battle at Binghamton” will be Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. The current plan is for the location to remain the same (at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena – Arena Club) as well as a post-tournament AHL (American Hockey League) game featuring the 2010-2011 Calder Cup champions, the Binghamton Senators. Thank you for your support of our event.
Edmonton tournament web site now live 8-5-2011
The web site is now live for the Edmonton Centennial Challenge Cup table hockey tournament that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the West Edmonton Mall. It's the next stop on this season's North American Tour. You can check it out here: Tournament Guidelines
USTHA board approves tournament guidelines for organizers 7-28-2011
The USTHA board earlier this month approved a set of tournament guidelines for tournament organizers to use to help plan their events. The effort was led by board member Mike Horan, who puts on the Binghamton tournament every year in upstate New York. Mike thought it would be helpful to gather some guidelines in one place for current and prospective tournament organizers to use. You can check out the document here: Tournament Guidelines
U.S. Stiga Shootout tournament details released 7-27-2011
The next edition of the annual U.S. Stiga Shootout tournament will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. The tournament will take place during the MLK holiday weekend. It will be played at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa, California, just three miles from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, ya hear pilgrim?. The tournament web site is here: STIGA SHOOTOUT. And below is a photo of three-time defending champion Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton.
Rankings now updated after Stiga U.S. Open 7-27-2011
The North American, Canadian and USA rankings have been updated following the 2011 Stiga U.S. Open. The 2009 U.S. Open fell off the books. Thanks again to Pierre Chastenais of Montreal for the pdfs of the rankings. Check them out here: Rankings Page
Shabi gets Player of the Year trophy 7-25-2011
The USTHA board was happy to present a trophy to 2010-11 Player of the Year Paul Shabi before the start of Saturday's Stiga U.S. Open tournament in suburban Chicago. The teen from suburban Detroit was extremely happy to get the award, as you can see below.
Axelsen wins U.S. Open for second time 7-24-2011
International Table Hockey Federation President Bjarne Axelsen won the Stiga U.S. Open in suburban Chicago for the second time, defeating Ron Marsik of the Chicago area in the finals. Taking the B Group was Paul Shabi, while hometown teen Claire Rzonca won the C Group. Joe Salazar of Chicago won the D Group. Check out some of the results HERE.
New tour year starts in Chicago, see U.S. Open results 7-22-2011
The 2011-12 tour year starts on Saturday, July 23 with the annual Stiga U.S. Open tournament in suburban Chicago. The organizers will be posting results from time to time online HERE.
Shabi, Kunzler top U.S., Canadian rankings at end of tour year 6-26-2011
With the 2010-11 tour year now in the books, it's time to check out the rankings. Topping the list in the U.S. is teen Paul Shabi of suburban Detroit. He combined strong showings in the U.S. Open and Stiga North American Championships to claim his spot. Atop the Canadian rankings, at least for now, is Bernie Kunzler, a popular player from Kitchener, ONT. In the North American rankings, Bjarne Axelsen (Denmark) led the way, winning tournaments in Edmonton, Las Vegas, Detroit and Montreal. Also winning tournaments this tour year were Eric DesJardins (Canada) in Gatineau, Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) in Binghamton and southern California, and Edgars Caics (Latvia) in Chicago. Congrats to all the tournament winners and to those on top of the rankings. And thank you to everyone who played this past year. You're what make this all go. As always, the rankings pages are: HERE.
2010-11 North American Tour is complete 6-26-2011
The 2010-11 North American Tour year is complete following Saturday's tournament in Madison, WI. Eric Krol won over John Medema 4-2 in a Best of 7 finals. Both players are from the Lemont Table Hockey League in suburban Chicago. You can read more about that: HERE.
North American rankings updated 6-19-2011
The rankings page has been updated following the Rose Bowl Classic X in Montreal, Que. This includes the Canadian, USA and North American pages. The rankings home page is located: HERE.
USTHA now on Facebook, Twitter 6-11-2011
The USTHA is now on Facebook and Twitter to better promote table hockey. The Facebook page is here: USTHA Facebook page while the Twitter feed, @USTableHockey, is here: Twitter feed.
USTHA elects president, board members 6-10-2011
The USTHA announces that a president and six board members have been elected to two-year terms. Eric Krol of suburban Chicago won the election for USTHA president. The board members are: Kevin Rafferty of southern California, Paul Ruiz of Toledo, Eric Dibacco of Weirton, WV, Jim Rzonca of Lemont, IL, Mike Horan of Binghamton, NY and Darwin Sampson of Madison, WI. Eric Dibacco and Darwin are new to the board. Congrats to all the winners and thank you to everyone who ran. You can read more here: USTHA elections thread on TableHockeyHeaven.com.
Madison tournament closes out tour year 6-5-2011
The Great Lakes Invitational in Madison, WI will take place on Saturday, June 25. Registration is open. There's a special room rate across the street from the venue: $74 at the Best Western Inn at the Park. Just mention that you're performing at The Frequency. You can find out more about the tournament here: GLI info page.
Axelsen three-peats at Montreal tournament 6-4-2011
Denmark's Bjarne Axelsen three-peated as champion at the Rose Bowl Classic X. He defeated David Decrozant of Gatineau in the finals. Taking the second division was Stephen Klump of Gatineau over Dany Leclerc of St. Hyacinthe, QUE. And the third division was won by Simon Harvey over Dan Casciati.
USTHA to hold elections 4-10-2011
The USTHA board unanimously approved guidelines for the 2011 election. The spots on the ballot: board president and six board positions. To read about how it will work, including who can run, how to nominate and how it all will work, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Montreal tournament details announced 4-1-2011
The 10th edition of the annual Rose Bowl Classic table hockey tournament will take place on Saturday, June 4 in Montreal, QUE. Organizer Pierre Chastenais is once again at the helm of this prestigious event. You can use NHL or International playing figures. Tournament is limited to 48 entrants. To find out more, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Axelsen repeats as Detroit champ 3-25-2011
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark won his second Stiga North American Championship tournament and his second in a row on the Stiga North American Tour. He defeated Kent Richter of Edmonton 4-1 in the finals. Taking the B Group was Dean Moore of Hookstown, PA and the C group was won by Jason Huberty of Madison, WI.
Update: The rankings have now been updated: PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Detroit SNAC tournament to be held March 19 1-19-2011
The Stiga North American Championship in Detroit, MI will be held on Saturday, March 19, with a new group of organizers hoping to carry on the fine tradition of Paul Brotz. The tournament web site is HERE.
Axelsen wins Stiga Las Vegas 1-18-2011
Denmark's Bjarne Axelsen won the 2011 Let's Play Hockey Stiga tournament in Las Vegas, NV. He defeated his fiancee, Anette Engel, in the finals. B Group winner was Kevin Rafferty, who defeated John Labianca in the finals. C Group went to Pierre Chastenais of Montreal, who defeated Jay Petrick of Las Vegas. For more information on how it unfolded, please CLICK HERE.
Detroit SNAC announcement coming soon 1-14-2011
Check back here for an announcement (most likely next week) about the Stiga North American Championship tournament to be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011.
Where to get Stiga Las Vegas updates 1-14-2011
We'll be providing some updates on the Stiga Las Vegas tournament on Monday, Jan. 17. They are likely to be posted HERE.
Stiga Las Vegas is first tournament of 2011 12-18-2010
The first tournament of the 2011 calendar year will be held on Monday, Jan. 17 in Las Vegas at the beautiful Paris Hotel and Casino. The tournament, put on by Chicago's Jim Rzonca, is always a lot of fun in the sun. For more information, visit the TOURNAMENT WEB SITE.
Reggie wins again in SoCal 12-12-2010
Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, AB won his third straight U.S. Stiga Shootout tournament in Costa Mesa, CA. He defeated tournament organizer Kevin Rafferty 4-1 in the Best of 7 finals. Winning the B Group was Kelly Rafferty of Lake Barrington, IL.
Reggie wins Battle at Binghamton 11-20-2010
Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, AB won this year's Battle at Binghamton, defeating David Decrozant in the finals. The second division was won by Francois Prevost of the Gatineau area. The third division was won by Sean Horan. You can check out some results if you CLICK HERE.
Tournaments in upstate New York, Southern California close out calendar year 11-1-2010
The holiday season is quickly approaching but we don't stop playing table hockey in North America. The 3rd annual Battle at Binghamton tournament will take place in upstate New York on Saturday, Nov. 19. There's still time to register and play in the tournament known for having the best food on the tour. Then in December, Dr. Kevin Rafferty is once again putting on the Stiga Shootout tournament on Dec. 11-12. The playoffs for the top group will be held at the Anaheim Ducks game that Sunday. For more information or to register to play in either tournament, check out the tournament logos in the left-hand column and click on the tournament that catches your eye.
DesJardins takes Canada Challenge 10-30-2010
Eric DesJardins won today's Canada Challenge in Gatineau. As tournament organizer John Cooke wrote "The hometown boy wins in four straight," defeating Kent Richter of Edmonton in the finals. Taking third was Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton over Bruce Turner, formerly of Kitchener, ONT and now of South America. The event featured many of Canada's top players. To read more about how the day unfolded, please CLICK HERE.
Rankings now updated.
Axelsen defends title in Edmonton 9-19-2010
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark successfully defended his title at the CCC tournament in Edmonton on Saturday, Sept. 18. He defeated tournament organizer Reggie Stefaniszyn in the finals 4 games to 2. Congrats also are in order for Kalder Pelkey-Muniz, who won the junior tournament.
Battle at Binghamton tournament date announced 9-11-2010
The organizers of the Battle at Binghamton tournament in New York state have announced a date for this year's event. It's Saturday, Nov. 20. They're in the process of updating the web site with details. You can check it out by clicking here.
Still time to register for the CCC in Edmonton 8-27-2010
The Centennial Challenge Cup tournament is just a few weeks away. The seventh edition of this fine tournament in Edmonton is held at the West Edmonton Mall, which is a draw itself. Plenty for table hockey players and their families to do. The tournament, which also is part of the ITHF World Tour, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18. Thanks to Reggie Stefaniszyn and his crew for putting on the tournament again this year. Get more information by clicking here.
Canada Challenge details announced, kids tournament added 8-7-2010
The Canada Challenge tournament will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Gatineau, Ottawa. The tournament is making a return to its traditional October date. It's been a classic over the years with a high level of competition. This year, organizers have announced a kids' tournament for Friday night, Oct. 29. You can go to the tournament web site for more details. You can discuss the Saturday tournament by clicking here or the kids' event by clicking here.
Stiga Shootout to be held once again this December 8-7-2010
Dr. Kevin Rafferty is busy putting the finishing touches on organizing the details of the annual Stiga Shootout tournament in beautiful Southern California. It's the fifth edition of this event. More details in the coming weeks, but the tournament web site reveals that your entry comes with one ticket to the NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, December 12, 5:00 p.m., at Honda Center in Anaheim. Additional tickets to the game for family and friends are available at a discounted table hockey tournament group rate.
USTHA presents awards to top 10 U.S. players for 2009-10 Tour Year 7-25-2010
USTHA board member Paul Brotz of the Detroit area presented framed certificates to most of the top 10 U.S. players on Saturday, July 24 at the Stiga U.S. Open in suburban Chicago. Brotz wanted the organization to honor the top 10 finishing players for the recently-concluded 2009-10 tour year and carried through the idea. Seven of the players, including Player of the Year John Labianca, got their awards handed to them. Three others will get theirs in the mail. The USTHA plans on continuing the practice in the years to come.
#3 Player in the World Wins Stiga U.S. Open 7-24-2010
Edgars Caics of Latvia, ranked #3 in the world, won the 2010 Stiga U.S. Open in Lemont, IL on Saturday, July 24. He went 39-0 on the day, showing off his skills to an enthusiastic crowd. He faced Jeff Puopolo of Groveland, MA in the finals. Taking third was Kent Richter of Edmonton over Dany Leclerc of the Montreal area. Winning the B group was Jeff Thill of South Holland, IL, while the C group was won by Eric Dibacco of Weirton, WV. D group honors went to Steve Puopolo Jr. of Groveland, MA.
Update: The rankings have now been updated. Please click here.
Stiga U.S. Open kicks off 2010-11 North American Tour 7-23-2010
The U.S. Open tournament in suburban Chicago is the site of the first stop on the new tour year. Around 40 players are scheduled to battle it out, with Edgars Caics of Latvia headlining the event. He's ranked #3 in the world and is believed to be the highest-ranked international player ever to play at a North American Stiga event. Organizers plan to post results from their two tournaments. The Friday night Coleco tournament results will be posted here. The Saturday Stiga main event results will be posted here. Thanks to Paul Ruiz of tablehockeyheaven.com, the official message board of the U.S. Open and the USTHA.
North American Tour 2009-2010 over after inaugural Madison event 6-28-2010
The 2009-2010 North American Tour is in the books after the final event of the year, the first-ever sanctioned Great Lakes Invitational, was held in beautiful Madison, WI last weekend. We'll have more on the recently-concluded tour year --- and some notes on the 2010-11 tour --- in the coming weeks. The Madison tournament was organized by Darwin Sampson and Jason Huberty, two Stiga die-hards in a town known for its local microbrews. The A Pool went to Eric Krol of the Chicago area, winning the finals 4-3 over Tim Walker of the Detroit area. The B Pool went to Darwin Sampson of Madison over Mike Hibbard of New Glarus, WI. Tournament was penalized 5 points for falling under the 16-player standard, but gained 5 points on strength of field. Thanks to everyone who took part in a tour event the past 12 months. If not for the players, we wouldn't all be having so much table hockey fun.
Still time to sign up for Madison tournament 6-6-2010
Still a couple weeks left to sign up for the first-ever Great Lakes Invitational. It'll be held in Madison, WI on Sunday, June 27. It's the last tournament of the 2009-10 tour year. For more information, please click on the tournament logo in the left-hand column of this page.
Axelsen repeats in Montreal 6-5-2010
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark successfully defended his title at the Montreal tournament, winning the Rose Bowl Classic IX. He defeated Denis Maille of Montreal in the finals. Maille got there by beating Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT in the semifinals in a 7-game thriller. Arne Holmin of Norway won third. Patrick Cote's alter ego won the B Pool and Francois Larivee won the C Pool. Congrats to organizer Pierre Chastenais for another talent-filled edition of his long-running event. UPDATE: You can see the results by clicking here.
Update: Rankings page has been updated to reflect Montreal 2010. Falling off were results from Montreal 2008 and Southern California 2008.
Kunzler wins Gatineau 4-25-2010
Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT defeated Dany Leclerc of the Montreal area to win the 2010 Canada Challenge on Saturday, April 24 in an efficiently-run tournament. Taking the B group was Michel Decarie of the Montreal area over John Cooke, the tournament organizer who hails from Snake River. Making the trip up north was a group from Binghamton, NY, which will put on their next tournament in November. The next tournament is the Rose Bowl Classic IX in Montreal the first weekend in June.
First-ever Great Lakes Invitational announced 4-15-2010
A group of organizers in Madison, WI has announced the first-ever Great Lakes Invitational. The players had talked about holding a tournament since last summer and after attending the fine Stiga North American Championships in Detroit, were inspired to submit their sanctioning application at the end of March. It was approved unanimously to join the tour and also approved to be the last event of the current 2009-2010 tour year. You can find out more about the tournament at the event web site. And you can discuss the tournament in this post at tablehockeyheaven.com. Best of luck to the organizers of this new event.
Preparations underway for Canada Challenge in Gatineau 4-05-2010
Tournament organizers are busy prepping for the next event on the Stiga North American Tour. It's the Canada Challenge, a long-running tournament held in Gatineau, Ottawa. This year, the profits will go to the Ottawa Food Bank. There are lots of talented table hockey players in Gatineau, so it's a trip worth making. Sign up today! For more information, please click here.
Axelsen wins Detroit 3-27-2010
Denmark's Bjarne Axelsen won the Stiga North American Championships tournament in Detroit, besting Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT in the finals. It was a rematch of last summer's U.S. Open finals. Taking third in the top group was Kent Richter of Edmonton, AB. B pool winner was Jeff Thill of South Holland, IL. C pool winner was Paul Ruiz of Toledo, OH and D pool winner was Eric Dibacco of Weirton, WV. To see a list of winners, please click here.
Update: Rankings page has been updated.
Detroit table hockey weekend results 3-25-2010
The Stiga North American Championships are going on this weekend in Detroit. The Coleco tournament is Friday night. We'll be posting results as we can. And the Stiga tournament final will be carried live on the internet. To see Coleco results, please click here: Coleco results. To see Stiga results, please click here: Stiga results. To see the Stiga finals live, please check the tablehockeyheaven.com Web site by clicking here: Watch Stiga finals live.
New Web page for Canada Challenge tournament 3-13-2010
Canadian Table Hockey Association President John Cooke has put up a Web page with the details on the April 24 Canadian Challenge tournament in Gatineau. Find out everything you need to know about the tournament, including how to register, by going here: Canadian Challenge web site.
Detroit table hockey weekend builds momentum 3-1-2010
The Detroit double shot of table hockey is less than four weeks away. The Saturday Stiga tournament is humming along with 27 players already signed up. The Friday night Coleco tournament has about half that amount. The details are here: SNAC web site.
Now we go to school 2-28-2010
Top Swedish player Thomas Petersson has set up a Table Hockey School web site to teach some Stiga basics. It's a great resource for both new players looking to get a few tips and veteran players looking to tighten up their games. You can check it out here: tablehockeyschool.com site.
Detroit tournament details announced 2-8-2010
Organizer Paul Brotz has delivered on the details of the Stiga North American Championships. The two days of table hockey will take place on March 26-27, 2010. The main event is the Saturday Stiga tournament. On Friday night, there will be a Coleco 5380-style tournament. The details will be available here: SNAC web site.
Fridell comes all the way back to win Las Vegas 1-26-10
Lars Fridell overcame a 3-0 deficit in the finals to defeat Pontus Eriksson 4-3 in the Best of 7 finals at the Let's Play International Table Hockey Championships on Monday, Jan. 25 in Las Vegas, NV. The two Swedish stars played a series for the ages. Taking third was Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark over Juri Artamonov of Estonia. B Pool winner was Jim Rzonca of Lemont, IL over John Labianca of Las Vegas. C Pool winner was Kevin Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA over Jay Petrick of Las Vegas. Full results soon, but for now you can click here to check it more information.
Update: Rankings have been updated. Please click here.
Las Vegas tournament results 1-25-10
We'll hopefully be posting some results from the round robins and playoffs at the stigalasvegas tournament throughout the day Monday. Keep in mind, Vegas is in the Pacific time zone. The results will be available on tablehockeyheaven.com, the official message board of the USTHA. Please click here to check it out.
Check out these table hockey videos 1-18-10
Hello. Hoping to make this a semi-regular feature here on the USTHA web site: table hockey videos. We've got three this time. First up, check out this How-To center trick by TC Yarin by clicking here. Next up, check out this European battle from the JML Open. It's got Sweden's Jimmy Eklund, ranked 72nd in the world. Check it out: by clicking here. And last up, a league match from the Detroit CAGA league. It's Mike Sowa on the left and Kevin Williams on the right: Click here for CAGA.
Canada Challenge on its way back 1-9-10
The Canada Challenge tournament in Gatineau is back on the schedule. CTHA President John Cooke and player/organizer Eric DesJardins are working on staging the great tournament once again. It'll take place Saturday, April 24 is the date being targeted at the Clarion, the same venue as before. Check back at this web site for more later or check out the developments by clicking here.
Vegas first tournament of the year 1-7-10
The new year kicks off as it has for five years now --- with the Let's Play Hockey tournament in Las Vegas. Organizer Jim Rzonca is putting on the fifth edition of the Stiga Las Vegas event, this time at the MGM Grand. Several European players are expected to attend the tournament on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. Check out the links: Discuss the tournament, Visit the tournament Web site, Learn about the Coleco tournament the day before. You can also chat live Jan. 11 at tablehockeyheaven.com.
Stefaniszyn repeats at Stiga Shootout 12-12-09
It was an all-Edmonton finals at the U.S. Stiga Shootout in Southern California. Reggie Stefaniszyn defeated Kent Richter 4-0 in the finals to repeat as champion. Tom Warren, from the San Fran area by way of Detroit, took the B group finals over Dan Brown of Manchester, NH. More results up at tablehockeyheaven.com so please click here.
Update: The rankings page has now been updated.
Gamache wins Binghamton 11-21-09
The second Battle at Binghamton was a smash success, drawing 30 players plus more for a kids' division. Taking the top group was Alain Gamache of the Gatineau, CAN area. Winning the B pool was Matt DiDomizio of Cromwell, CT over Eric Dibacco of Weirton, WV. The third group honors went to Len "Rodwarriors.com" Mecca of Cherry Hill, NJ over Jerry Kiballa, one of the local tournament organizers. And ring up the fourth group for Don Heckathorn over Sean Corrigan, both from the Binghamton area. Earlier, we got some live results up at tablehockeyheaven.com click here.
Update: The rankings page has been updated. To check it out, please click here.
Momentum building for second Binghamton tournament 10-29-09
The player list continues to grow for the 2nd edition of the Battle at Binghamton table hockey tournament. It's a USTHA/CTHA sanctioned event taking place Saturday, Nov. 21 in upstate New York. A great tournament for traveling players and East Coast-based players alike. Several recent signups include players from north of the border. Don't get shut out...sign up today. The tournament web site is here.
New Stiga table hockey tournament in Toronto 10-28-09
There's a new Stiga tournament just announced that's taking place on Saturday, Nov. 7 in Toronto. It's called the "Great Canadian Stiga Expert Table Hockey Championship." It's limited to 48 players and you can use NHL figures only. The new tournament is not part of the Stiga North American Tour (at least not in its first year). You can find out more information about the event by clicking here.
New web site, date announced for Rose Bowl Classic IX 10-27-09
Pierre Chastenais has announced the date for his ninth RBC tournament. It's June 5, 2010. He's also working on a new web site. You can see by click here.
Axelsen wins Edmonton Centennial 9-27-09
Denmark Bjarne Axelsen won his fourth North American tournament since January when he took the Centennial Cup Challenge at the West Edmonton Mall on Saturday, Sept. 26. He bested tournament organizer Reggie Stefaniszyn 4-1 in the finals. Third was Kent Richter. Taking the B Pool was Eric Krol of suburban Chicago. C Pool went to Wesley Miller and D Pool to young Kalder Pelkey-Ruiz. Axelsen won Vegas in January, Rose Bowl Montreal in May, U.S. Open in August and now Edmonton. Binghamton is next.
UPDATE: The rankings have been updated.
Second Battle at Binghamton is set 9-3-09
The organizers of this year's Battle at Binghamton have a set a tournament date. It's Saturday, Nov. 21. The first edition of this tournament last November got great reviews from those who attended. To sum them up: it's good fun, good table hockey fun and an ice hockey game at night to boot. Thank you to organizers Mike Horan and Jerry Kiballa. You can get all the information on this great event by clicking here.
Table hockey updates 8-14-09
We don't have a traditional-style blog here yet at the USTHA, but I'll post some updates from time to time on the organization's official message board at tablehockeyheaven.com. The latest has some information about old tournaments and potential new ones. You can read it by clicking here.
Axelsen wins U.S. Open 8-2-09
The new North American Stiga Tour year began much like the last one ended: with Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark winning a tournament. Axelsen defeated Bernie Kunzler of Canada 4-1 in the finals to become the 2009 Stiga U.S. Open champion. The tournament in suburban Chicago drew 38 players. Winning the B Group was Jeff Farwell of Yorkville, IL. C Group champion is Ron Chesick of Montreal, QUE and the D Group was won by Pierre Chastenais also of Montreal. Results will be posted soon but you can get a preview of them by clicking here.
Several North American events part of ITHF World Tour 7-25-09
Four events in the U.S. and Canada are part of the 2009-10 International Table Hockey Federation World Tour. They are: Chicago U.S. Open (Aug. 1), Edmonton Centennial (Sept. 26), Let's Play Hockey Las Vegas (Jan. 25) and Detroit SNAC (March 27). You can see all the World Tour events by clicking here.
Slight changes to North American Tour tournament ratings 7-24-09
There's a slight change to how tournaments are rated this year on the North American Stiga Tour. Instead of assigning a letter grade (A, B, C, D, etc.) based on benchmarks for number of players and strength of field, tournaments now will be rated under an incentive/bonus system. As approved, all tournaments with 16 players and a minimum of 50 strength of field points will be worth 20 points. For every four additional players, the tournament's value goes up 5 points. And for every 50 additional strength of field points, the tournament's value goes up 5 points. We have posted a more detailed explanation with examples here.
North American tour kicks off in Chicago with U.S. Open 7-22-09
The 2009-10 North American Stiga Tour kicks off Saturday, Aug. 1 in suburban Chicago, IL with the Stiga U.S. Open. The organizers once again are making it a full table hockey weekend with a Coleco tournament the night before. For more details, you can visit the tournament web site by clicking here.
Edmonton Centennial VI unveils Web page 6-25-09
The organizers of the Centennial Challenge Classic in Edmonton have put up a Web page with information about the tournament. Check it out by clicking here.
Axelsen from Denmark wins Rose Bowl VIII 5-31-09
Bjarne Axelsen, the ITHF president, returned to North America and won the Rose Bowl Classic VIII in Montreal, QUE on Saturday, May 30. Bjarne also won the Las Vegas tournament in January. Taking the B pool was Matt Rogers of Rowley, MA and C pool was won by Eric Chesick of Montreal. Congrats to Pierre Chastenais, veteran TH organizer, for putting on a tournament that had the strongest field of any in North America this year. His efforts are getting rave reviews on the table hockey message boards. With the California tournament postponed until later in the year, the Rose Bowl is the final tour of the 2008-09 tour year. Thanks to everyone who played table hockey this year and we hope to see you on tour next year.
Update: Stats have been posted here.
Date of California tournament pushed back to December 4-26-09
Dr. Kevin Rafferty announces that the 2009 date of the U.S. Stiga Shootout has been changed to Saturday, December 12, 2009. The location has been changed to Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa, California, just 3.6 miles from the John Wayne Orange County Airport.
The reason for the change: Dr. Rafferty is now the principal at Davis Magnet School. With his change in job location, comes the change for the tournament date and location. I hope the new December 12, 2009 tournament date works for you. If you're interested in playing in the United States Stiga Shootout, please contact Dr. Rafferty at: email@example.com
Kunzler is king in Detroit 3-28-09
Kitchener, Ontario's Bernie Kunzler bested a field of 37 players to win the Stiga North American Championships tournament in Romulus, MI. He defeated Matt DiDomizio of Cromwell, CT 3-1 in the finals. Taking the B pool was Lou DiDonato of Windsor, CAN over Eric DiBacco of West Virginia. The C pool winner was won by Noah VanDenEnden over his father, Rein VanDenEnden. Both are from Brantford, ONT. The Friday night Coleco tournament was won by Dave Kraehling and the Sunday Munro Crystal Ice doubles tournament went to Ivan Sanislo and Steve Murri.
Dubois wins Hartford 2-22-09
The Boston area's Ken Dubois won the Hartford Open on Feb. 21, besting a field of 25 players according to early reports. Dubois defeated young Matt Rogers of Rowley, MA 4-2 in the Best of 7 finals. Update: The B pool was won by Jeff Puopolo of Groveland and the C pool by Bob Muggleston of East Hampton, CT.
Information about three future tournaments 2-12-09
Hello everyone. A quick news update for your about the North American Stiga Tour. The Rose Bowl event in Montreal will take place Saturday, May 30 and will be a one-day affair instead of the traditional two. The Stiga U.S. Open near Chicago will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, with a Coleco tournament the night before. And the organizers of the tournaments scheduled for New York City April 17-18 have canceled the event, citing the economy, a lack of player interest and other factors. Stay tuned to this web page for more Stiga table hockey event news as it becomes available.
Two weeks until Hartford Open 2-7-09
Matt and Chris DiDomizio will be putting on the Hartford Open once again this year. It's Saturday, Feb. 21. You can still sign up. Click here to get more information on the tournament web site.
Detroit organizers announce tournament information 2-7-09
We've got details on the big Detroit weekend. The Motor City 5380 Classic tournament will take place late Friday afternoon/early Friday evening on March 27. The main event Stiga North American Championships tournament is Saturday morning, March 28. A Munro Crystal Ice doubles tournament is being planned for Sunday morning. And there's a Red Wings game on Sunday night (also Friday night if Coleco ain't your thing). Location is the Clarion Hotel Detroit Metro Airport. All the information is available here: SNAC web site.
Southern California date announced 2-7-09
Dr. Kevin Rafferty has announced the date of his annual Stiga Shootout event in Ladera Ranch, CA. It's June 6. You can find out more information here.
Axelsen wins Vegas 1-27-09
Bjarne Axelsen of Bronderslev, Denmark won the 2009 Let's Play Hockey tournament in Las Vegas, NV. He bested Anette Engel, also of Denmark, in the finals. She's also his girlfriend, but that didn't stop him from a 4-0 sweep in the finals. We can report they were still holding hands at the casino lounge afterward and looked very happy. Taking third was Denis Maille of Montreal, QUE over Kevin Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA. Winning the B pool was Matt DiDomizio of Cromwell, CT. And taking the C pool was Pierre Chastenais of Montreal, QUE. Next up: Mr. DiDomizio's Hartford tournament.
Update: Las Vegas full results can be viewed here: tournament results.
New calendar year starts out with two tournaments in first two months 1-12-09
The North American tour starts back up after a hiatus of a couple months with two tournaments in January and February. The fourth edition of the Let's Play Hockey tournament in Las Vegas by Jim Rzonca is up first on Jan. 26, followed up by the return of Matt DiDomizio's Hartford Open on Feb. 21. Check out the left-hand column on this page for links to the tournament web sites.
USTHA first-ever election results 1-11-09
Happy New Year. All the responses are in and we've got the results of the USTHA election. Two people were nominated for president and one accepted. Eric Krol is the new USTHA president. A total of 13 people were nominated for six board spots. Six accepted. Your new USTHA board is: Paul Brotz, Paul Ruiz, Kevin Rafferty, Jim Rzonca, Mike Horan and Mike Caponetti. The terms are two years, meaning another election process should start around November 2010 so the election can be completed by January 2011. Thanks to all who made nominations, all who were nominated and all who accepted.
USTHA seeking nominations for first-ever election 11-19-08
The USTHA board recently voted to hold an election. The positions available are president and six board members. Nominations can be submitted through Wednesday, Dec. 3 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only USTHA members can nominate and run in the election. For more information, please see this post in the official USTHA message board on Tablehockeyheaven.com.
Dubois wins inaugural Battle at Binghamton 11-9-08
Ken Dubois (Shrewsbury, MA) defeated Bernie Kunzler (Kitchener, ONT) in four straight games in the finals to capture the tournament championship at the inaugural "Battle at Binghamton" Stiga tournament on Saturday, Nov 8. Dubois lost only one game in the entire tournament. Semi-finalists were Mike Caponetti (Framingham, MA) and Matt Rogers (Groveland, MA). Dubois and Kunzler reenacted the final game of their match before a crowd of nearly 3,000 hockey fans at center ice during the 1st intermission of the AHL Binghamton Senators game versus the Worcester Sharks. The Binghamton Senators are the AHL affiliate to the NHL Ottawa Senators and the Worcester Sharks are the AHL affiliate to the NHL San Jose Sharks.
Division II 1st Place finisher Dana Rogers (Groveland, MA) defeated Binghamton Area Table Hockey League member and phenom 10-yr-old Zak Kiballa (Owego, NY). Kiballa, coming off a 1st place showing in Division IV of the Canada Challenge, is definitely a future Division I contender. Division II 3rd place went to Mike Horan (Endicott, NY) over Jerry Kiballa Owego, NY) in 4 games of the best-of-5 series. Horan and Kiballa were tournament co-chairman of the event. Division III went to another Kiballa: 8-year-old Luke (Owego, NY). He defeated first-time tournament player John Ciampa (Binghamton, NY). The 4th place finisher in Division III was Thomas Ciampa (Binghamton, NY), who was defeated by his father, Dave (Binghamton, NY), who took home the 3rd place trophy. Father and son also were first-time tournament players. The tournament Sportsmanship Award was presented to Cameron Bernstein (Framingham, MA).
Finally, the Youth Division 1st place trophy was presented to John Brown (Binghamton, NY) for finishing 2 points ahead of Max Bernstein (Framingham, MA), who claimed the 2nd place trophy. The 3rd and 4th place medals went to Ian Roll (Endicott, NY) and Andrew Caponetti (Framingham, MA).
Tournament organizers Mike Horan and Jerry Kiballa congratulated all participants and encouraged them to share their experience with others in and out of the table hockey community and invited all to come back next year for the 2nd annual "Battle at Binghamton." Thanks to Mike Horan for the full report.
Update: The rankings have been updated to include the Binghamton tournament.
Don't call it a comeback: Turner wins Gatineau 10-18-08
Bruce Turner, once of Kitchener and now of South America, won the Canada Challange in Gatineau. He doesn't play as much as he used to since moving all those thousands of miles away, but he's been playing in more and more tournaments, arriving earlier this time and sparring with the great Bernie Kunzler in Kitchener. On Saturday, Turner defeated Junior Gelinas in the finals. Taking the second group was Hugues Dery of Quebec over Matt Rogers of the Boston area. In the third group (groups divided up in a unique way) was tournament organizer Eric Desjardins over Steve Bernstein of Framingham, MA. And in the final group, youngster Zak Kiballa of Owego, NY won over Dana Rogers of the Boston area. Next up: Binghamton!
Battle at Binghamton unveils web site 10-3-08
The organizers of the Battle at Binghamton tournament have unveiled a web site with a special logo. You can view the web site here.
Detroit announces 2009 date 10-3-08
The organizers of the Stiga North American Championships have announced the dates of their tournaments next year. The action kicks off with a Coleco s-slot tournament on late afternoon Friday, March 27. The Stiga main event will be held Saturday, March 28. They also list a TBA for Sunday, March 29. They've double the room space this year. The new location is down the street from the 2008 venue and it's all close to the airport. It'll be held at the Clarion Hotel, 8600 Merriman Rd, Romulus MI 48174.
New champion in Edmonton 9-27-08
Kent Richter of Edmonton, AB won the fifth edition of the Centennial Challenge Cup over Reggie Stefaniszyn at West Edmonton Mall at the Centre Fountain under a skylight. The two tough competitors are practicing partners who've played each other probably thousands of times by now. Taking the B group was Dr. Kevin Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA over Wade Hopfe. C pool winner was won by Rick Socha over Thomas Hunter and Bob Cookhouse took the D pool over Thanh Pham.
Gatineau tournament web site back up 9-16-08
Hello. Eric Desjardins would like everyone to know that the Canada Challenge web site is back up. You can check it out here.
Junior strong at Stiga Collision 9-15-08
Jean "Junior" Gelinas bested a field of 35 to win the Stiga portion of the Stiga-Coleco Collision in Repentigny, QUE. Gelinas swept Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT in the finals. Winning the B was Eric Ouellet over Mario Myre and Francois Cote defeated Greg Scoma to win the C. The rankings have been updated as well. Next up: Edmonton!
Announcing a new tournament: The Battle at Binghamton 9-12-08
The USTHA is proud to announce a new sanctioned tournament taking place Nov. 8 in upstate New York. Organizers Mike Horan and Gerald Kiballa, whom some of you may have met at this year's tournaments in Hartford and Boston, are excited to be putting on an event. They're excited and they've got their ducks in a row and you can read all about it at the tournament Web site. There's information about entry fees, venue tournament schedule, awards, lodging and food. Look for a new logo soon.
NYC tournament unveils Web site 8-22-08
The organizers of the April 2009 New York City tournament have launched a Web site. You can get all the details here.
Chargo wins Chicago 7-26-08
Rob Chargo of Gurnee, IL won the 7th annual U.S. Open in Lemont near Chicago, beating Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, AB in five games. This is Chargo's second U.S. Open title. He also won the Las Vegas tournament in January. Taking third in the top group was Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT over Bruce Turner of Peru. The second group was won by Tim Walker of the Detroit, MI area and the third group was won by 15-year-old Sean Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA.
Update: (7/28/08) Rankings page now updated.
New North American tour year starts in Chicago 7-20-08
The new CTHA/USTHA tour year starts with the U.S. Open in the Chicago area on July 26. Around 40 players are poised to make it another successful event with a Coleco-style tournament once again on the menu the night before for those who like their table hockey action old-school. Not too late to register and get in on the action. Results will be posted throughout the day on tablehockeyheaven.com.
The tour is poised to repeat the same cities as last year, with an exciting exception: the Boston event is scheduled for new location, New York City. There also has been some interest in holding new tournaments in upstate New York and Calgary and the USTHA looks forward to working with those organizers. Our friends at the CTHA are working to bring a resolution to the Repentigny sanctioning issue and we hope to announce some news on that front soon.
As for the ranking system, we're standing pat this year after some significant changes were approved last year. You'll notice the ranking points for tournaments held during the 2006-07 tour year start to disappear as we make our way through the schedule, with those tournaments replaced by tournaments from the 2008-09 tour year.
Best of luck to all the players and organizers this year. Let's make it another fun one!
"The Score" newsletter enters the modern age 6-23-08
The USTHA/CTHA official newsletter, "The Score," is back with a new issue. This time, instead of e-mailing out or mailing out the final product, we've posted it on a web site. In this issue, we've got stories that provide game-playing tips, one Stiga player's Coleco experience, a flashback to 1977, and a profile of Edmonton's finest, Reggie Stefaniszyn. Only members of the two associations can access it, however (password required). So feel free to sign up if you're curious...we don't hard-sell memberships. It's $10 for a one-year membership in the USTHA and a limited-edition souvenir Stiga puck is included. Just click on the membership tab up above. USTHA members already have this issue's password and instructions in their e-mail inbox.
Tour year concludes with Dubois on top yet again 6-13-08
The 2007-08 USTHA/CTHA North American tour year is over and Ken Dubois of Shrewsbury, MA is once again the top player. Dubois won literally half the tournaments played this year, taking first place a record five times. Congrats to Ken for another stellar year on the tables! The only other player to win more than one tournament was Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, AB, who won two tournaments. Rob Chargo of Chicago, Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, CAN and Lars Fridell of Sweden were the other three winners. Top Canadian player was Jean "Junior" Gelinas.
The tour grew to 10 events this year, a record. Of those events, 1 was rated A, three were rated B, 1 was C and five were D. That mix is probably mostly attributed to a decline in attendance at some tournaments. Table hockey players have more options these days, most visibly seen in the strong Classic Coleco scene in Quebec province and the Coleco events that piggyback on some of the Stiga tournaments in the US. In the most recent two tour years, we've had 186 ranked players and 250 players who've participated in at least one event.
The USTHA/CTHA directors adjusted the ranking system last year to reflect recent trends and we'll be looking to see what tweaks might be needed again before the next tour year starts at the end of July. Speaking of which, the Stiga U.S. Open in Lemont will see rankings points from 2006 disappear to be replaced by the results from this year's (2008) tournament. The same thing will happen to the other 2006 tournament results as tournaments are held in the upcoming tour year. Have a great summer everyone and hope to see you on tour, as they say!
Reggie wins Stiga Shootout in SoCal 6-7-08
Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, AB won the third annual U.S. Stiga Shootout in Ladera Ranch, CA, becoming the third player to win the tournament. He defeated Eric Krol of the Chicago suburbs 4-0 in the best-of-7 finals. Taking third was Peter Orum of Denmark. Winning the B pool was tournament organizer Dr. Kevin Rafferty over John Medema of Tinley Park, IL. C pool winner was Jeff Wilens of Yorba Linda, CA and D pool winner was Ricky Soto of Ladera Ranch, CA.
Update: Rankings pages have been updated to reflect the Stiga Shootout.
Dubois wins RBC VII in Montreal 5-26-08
Kenny Dubois, a last-minute entrant, won the seventh edition of Pierre Chastenais' Rose Bowl Classic in Montreal, QUE. He defeated Bruce Turner, formerly of Kitchener but now in South America, 4-1 in the Best of 7 final. Third place was Junior Gelinas over Eric Desjardins, both of Quebec province. The field was top-notch, featuring many of the top Canadian Stiga players. Winning the B pool was Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, CAN over Hugues Dery and the C pool champ was Stephen Klump of Ottawa over Regis Ouellet, to give you an idea of the talent level that was present.
Update: The rankings pages have now been updated as of 5/27/08.
NYC, Chicago, Vegas part of ITHF World Tour next year 5-21-08
The International Table Hockey Federation recently announced that three US tournaments will be part of the World Table Hockey Tour next season. The tournaments are: U.S. Open near Chicago on July 26, the Las Vegas tournament on Jan. 26, 2009 and the New York tournament on April 18, 2009. You can catch up on all the international table hockey news at the ITHF web site.
Strong Swede wins Boston Challenge 4-21-08
From ithf.info: 27 participants enjoyed a fun-filled day of table hockey competition at this year’s edition of the Boston Challenge. Lars Fridell (Sweden) won the prestigious trophy beating Kenny Dubois (USA), 4-1 in a very competitive and entertaining finals series. Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada) and Matt Rogers (USA) were the semifinalists. Dana Rogers (USA) won the B Group finals over Russ Guertin (USA) and 8-year-old Luke Kiballa (USA) won the C Group over Derek Koplin (USA).
This year’s tournament also featured some other very good and developing junior talent in the names of Cameron and Max Bernstein, Andrew Caponetti, Zak Kiballa (finished 14th in the Elite group! And brother of Luke) and Alexander Sobrinski.
Update: Rankings updated on 4/24/08
Charity table hockey tournaments part of hockey expo in Denver 4-7-08
Colorado was the state many credit with table hockey's rebirth through Garey "Hound Dawg" Sutherby's tournaments in Grand Lake. Now it's Denver as the hockey hotbed. Coleco player Greg Scoma has joined with The Hockey Guild to put a pair of table hockey tournaments on May 3-4 with the goal of raising money for Hockey Fights Cancer. On May 3, a multi-board tournament is scheduled to take place on the Chexx, Custom Coleco and Stiga games. A Stiga-only tournament is slated for May 4. "There will be an autogaphed Colorado Avalanche jersey added as a prize to one of those two days. Same with prize money," organizer Scoma said. The Stiga tournament will count in the rankings provided a minimum of 12 players participate and the USTHA has agreed to waive the $1/player sanctioning fee since it's for a great cause. For more information, visit the event web site.
Dubois wins Detroit 3-30-08
Ken Dubois of Shrewsbury, MA won the Stiga North American Championships tournament held in Romulus, MI (near Detroit airport) on Saturday, March 29. Dubois defeated Kent Richter of Edmonton, AB in the finals 4-0. Taking third was Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton over Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT as Canadian players captured four of the top seven spots overall. Winning the B Group was John Medema of Tinley Park, IL and taking the C finals was Josh Brotz of Canton, MI.
New: Rankings page has been updated.
Boston tournament to be held April 19 3-05-08
The organizers of the long-running Boston Challenge have set a date for this year's tournament. It's April 19 at the Athletic Center of Framingham State College, the same venue as last year. Originally, the Boston folks were hoping to hold their event in New York City, but logistical concerns have caused them to hold off on those plans until 2009. More details will be available at the tournament web site.
Dubois dominant in Hartford 2-24-08
Ken Dubois of Shrewsbury, MA ran the table to win the Hartford Open. Organizer Matt DiDomizio reports 35 players, including nine kids, braved the snow to have some fun playing table hockey in Cromwell, CT. Dubois upended Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton in the finals. Sharing third in the A Group were Mike Caponetti of Framingham, MA and Chris DiDomizio of Cromwell, CT. Taking the B Group was Matt Rogers of Groveland, MA. He upended CT's Vic Handel, with Manuel Lopez of New York City taking third. The C Group was won by Kevin Roderiques of New Bedford, MA over Mike Horan of Endicott, NY. Taking third in the C group was Ed Melanders. Congrats to all who supported this tournament that's getting rave reviews.
Update: The rankings have been updated to include Hartford.
Chargo wins Vegas 01-28-08
Rob Chargo from the northern suburbs of Chicago won the Stiga Las Vegas tournament this year. He defeated Kent Richter of Edmonton 4-1 in the finals. Jeff Thill of South Holland, IL upended Bernie Kunzler to take third place. The B Pool featured tournament organizer Jim Rzonca of Lemont, IL over Len Mecca of Cherry Hill, NJ. And in the C Pool, Jay Petrick of Las Vegas defeated Rich Thill, the father of Jeff Thill.
Update: Stiga rankings are now updated to reflect the Vegas event.
New year brings three tournaments in first three months 01-03-08
Happy New Year to all in the table hockey world. The turning of the calendar brings us three Stiga tournaments in the first quarter of 2008. Starting things off is the Let's Play Hockey tournament in Las Vegas. Jim Rzonca is putting on the main event on Monday, Jan. 28, a tournament featuring international playing figures. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, there's a tournament featuring NHL-style players. The day before, Sunday, Jan. 27, AJ Sarma will put on a tournament on the old-school Coleco 5380 games.
Hartford Open: on Feb. 23, Matt and Chris DiDomizio will put on a tournament near Hartford, CT. Definitely one worth supporting if you can make it. See the post below for more kind words about this event. To find out more information or sign up to play please go here.
Detroit: the Detroit boys are back for their second tournament on the tour. They started out small last year as a test run and are ready to blow the doors off this time out. A web page is now up with details on this thing, and you can find it right here.
Detroit league to host fund-raising tournament for the USTHA 11-19-07
Dates announced for three tournaments 11-19-07
Happy to announce there is now a date for the Hartford Open: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008. Many of you know Matt and Chris DiDomizio from tour events and they're a couple of outstanding guys. I know Matt is paying close attention to the details of his tournament and it's sure to run smoothly and be a good experience for table hockey veterans and newcomers alike. You can find more information on the tournament web site (click on Hartford in the column on the left). The venue information has been updated as well.
In other news, Dr. Kevin Rafferty has changed the date of his U.S. Stiga Shootout to June 7 due to a conflict with the venue. But wait, there's more! Pierre Chastenais will hold the Rose Bowl Classic for the seventh year in a row. What's new this year? It's one day, not two. The action unfolds Saturday, May 24. That's Memorial Day weekend in the U.S.
Detroit league to host fund-raising tournament for the USTHA 11-19-07
A new table hockey league in Detroit will put on a holiday tournament Dec. 29 with $1 from each entry going to the USTHA. The CAGA league is run by Kevin Williams in suburban Detroit. It started out last year as a way for some players in the Detroit Table Hockey League to get more table time in as they tried to learn the game. This event is not a sanctioned tournament (that event will take place in March 2008) but a way for the league's players to gain some tournament-type experience. Thanks to Kevin Williams and Paul Brotz for their efforts.
Dubois on top at Canada Challenge 10-21-07
Ken Dubois of Worcester, MA took this year's Canada Challenge in Gatineau on Saturday, Oct. 20. He bested a 43-player field, including a finals win over Hugues Dery. Third in the top group was Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT. The second group was won by Mike Dimarco, with Reggie Stefanizyn the runner-up and Luc Bisson of the hosting LAHTO taking third. In the Players Group, Matt Rogers of the Boston area took first place, defeating Daniel Bordeleau in the finals. Third was John Power of New York. Congrats to the classy LAHTO crew for another successful tournament.
Update: The tour rankings page has been updated.
Reggie wins Edmonton again; Gatineau next up 9-27-07
Reggie Stefaniszyn, a world table hockey traveler, won his hometown Centennial Challenge in Edmonton last weekend. He defeated Kent Richter, who also represented Canada in this year's ITHF-sponsored WC, in the finals. Taking the B pool was won by newcomer Tim Dyck, while C group honors were won by Ken King. Your next chance to play in a tour event is Oct. 20, when the Canada Challenge in Gatineau (Canada's biggest and deepest Stiga event) unfolds.
Shawinigan shakes up the rankings; Edmonton is next up 8-29-07
The North American rankings got a bit of a makeover after the successful Shawinigan tournament last weekend. Ken Dubois is still on top, but several other top players made a surge. Junior Gelinas overtook Bernie Kunzler for the top spot in Canada (and second overall). You can check it all out on the rankings page. Let's not forget that September is a busy table hockey month as well, with the Centennial Challenge in Edmonton taking place Sept. 22.
Dubois prevents Canadian clean sweep at Shawinigan 8-26-07
Ken Dubois took the first-ever Shawinigan Challenge, defeating organizer Jean Junior Gelinas in the finals. Hugues Dery and the rapidly-improving Eric Ouellet shared third. Taking first in the B division was Dany Laclerc, followed by Michel Decarie and Steve Levesque. The C Division saw Eric Chesick take home first with Claude Dube runner up and Francois Boucher third. Congrats to Junior, Hugues and Jonathan Belanger for putting on a tournament that drew more than 40 players in its first year in what was a very deep field of talent.
Kunzler wins Stiga U.S. Open 7-29-07; Updated 7-20-07
The always-popular Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT became the first Canadian player to win the LTHL Stiga U.S. Open near Chicago. He upended former champ Rob Chargo in six games in the finals. Denis Maille of Montreal took third over tournament organizer Jim Rzonca. Winning the B Division was John Medema of Tinley Park, IL; C Division was taken by Alex Raikhman of Palatine, IL, and the D group was won by Jerry Miller Jr. of Joliet, IL. The night before, a first-ever Coleco U.S. Open was held, courtesy of NYC organizer John Power. Patrick Cote defeated Dave Kraehling in the finals of an event that kicked off a great weekend of table hockey as well as this year's tour.
New tour year begins in Chicago with a couple small changes 7-1-07; Updated 7-20-07
The North American Stiga Tour season is set to begin Saturday, July 28 near Chicago with the Stiga U.S. Open. This marks the 6th edition of the tournament, which traces its roots back to 2002. This year, the organizers added another tournament on a different type of table hockey game for the evening before the big Stiga blowout. The U.S. Open marks the start of the 2007-08 tour year, which is scheduled to include a record 11 events. There are new tour stops in Shawinigan, Orlando and Hartford. The Boston organizers will be holding their event in New York in December, while the Detroit folks plan to hold a bigger event after getting their feet wet last month. The USTHA and CTHA soon will post a new sanctioning requirements document, and a few minor tweaks to the ranking system are possible in advance of the full-blown review we promised last spring when we solicited for working group members. Both organizations are excited about this year's expanded schedule and, as always, we hope to see you on tour!
Update: You can view the new sanctioning document by clicking on the "Organization" link up above.
Update #2, 7-20-07: You can view the changes to the tournament rating system by clicking HERE
Two U.S. candidates elected to ITHF boards 6-15-07
The USTHA is pleased to congratulate Mike Caponetti of Framingham, MA on his election to the International Table Hockey Federation's Executive Committee. Caponetti traveled to the 2005 World Championships where he made table hockey connections and friends. He's volunteering his time to help the ITHF and will be a voice for the U.S. in the international table hockey world. In addition, USTHA administrator Eric Krol was elected to the ITHF Legal Committee. That's the panel charged with resolving disputes between nations. For more on the ITHF, click here: ITHF
2006-07 Tour Year Over; Dubois on top again 6-11-07
The 2006-07 Stiga North American tour year has been completed following the Detroit tournament. Taking first place once again is Ken Dubois of Worcester, MA. He played in four tournaments, winning two (U.S. Open and Las Vegas) and finishing runner-up in Boston and in the final four in Gatineau, for a total of 127 tour points. Junior Gelinas of Quebec province in Canada was second with 105 points, playing in three tournaments. He won the Montreal tournament, was runner up in Gatineau and was final four in Boston. Bernie Kunzler, who played in six of the nine ranking tournaments, was third. If we had to name an MVP of the North American tour this year, it would have to be Dr. Kevin Rafferty of Southern California. He not only held two tournaments, but played in five of the nine ranking tournaments on the season. He's putting table hockey on the map in the nation's largest state, and is always out and about at Mighty Ducks' games promoting table hockey and trying to attract new players. And he does it without ego. So, a round of applause, if you will, for a guy who's clearly passionate about table hockey and a great asset to the game.
Tournament table hockey returns to Detroit 6-10-07
Back in the day, Detroit was a capital of tournament table hockey. On June 9, Hockeytown USA became Tablehockeytown USA once again as the Detroit Table Hockey League put on a test-run tournament in advance of their big one next March. The Battle for Hockeytown was won by Ron Marsik of Hickory Hills, IL. He defeated Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT, in the Best of 5 finals 3-2. The win marked Marsik's second tournament victory in the span of three weeks. And it also marked a measure of revenge for Marsik, who lost to Kunzler in the finals of the 2006 Vancouver tournament. The two previously met in the 2002 finals of the Big 54 Open in Lemont, IL, the forerunner of the U.S. Open. Marsik won that one in the wee hours of a hot and humid morning. Congrats to Paul Brotz and Tim Walker for bringing back tournament table hockey to Detroit. Brotz also won the B pool while Mike Sowa won the C pool.
Junior comes out on top in Montreal 5-30-07
The 6th annual Rose Bowl Classic was held over Memorial Day weekend in Montreal, QUE. Junior Gelinas defeated Hugues Dery 4-2 in a Best of Seven finals to take first place. Edmonton's Reggie Stefaniszyn was third, winning a seven-game series over the fast-rising Eric Ouellet. B pool went to Francois Larrivee while second went to Matt DiDomizio, the top US finisher. C pool was won by Eric Chesick. Twenty players competed in the two-day tournament where the round robins are held Saturday and the playoffs on Sunday. It's the only current tour stop with that format, with some players liking the chance it affords them to come back fresh on the second day. Only one more tournament scheduled for this tour year: the Battle for Hockeytown on June 9 near Detroit, MI. Registration is limited to 20 players and they're nearly filled up.
Marsik wins Stiga Shootout in Southern California 5-20-07
Table hockey veteran Ron Marsik won the 2nd annual U.S. Stiga Shootout in Ladera Ranch, Calif. on Saturday, May 19 in a field of 33 players. He defeated Matt Ross of the Vancouver area in the finals. Marsik, of Hickory Hills, IL, was the runner-up in last year's inaugural Shootout event. Marsik adds to his history of table hockey titles dating back some 30 years. Tournament organizer Dr. Kevin Rafferty was third. In the B group, Victor Paguia took first, followed by Sean Rafferty and Justin Na. In the C group, the champion was Steven Campos, with Jacob Na in second and Ricky Soto in third. In the D group, Zac Campos was the winner with Jax Lurie the runner-up and Tiffany Soto taking third. Congrats to Dr. Rafferty for organizing another tournament and having such success in bringing table hockey to the next generation.
All Hail The Hermanator! 4-15-07
Sweden's Herman Steen won the Boston Challenge on April 14, defeating Kenny Dubois in a thrilling seven-game finals. Third-place went to Pontus Eriksson of Sweden and Junior Gelinas of Canada. The B pool was taken by Matt Rogers of Groveland, MA over Stephen Klump of Ottawa. C pool winner is Len Mecca of Cherry Hill, NJ over Vic Handel of New Haven, CT. Please join us in congratulating Steve Bernstein, Mike Caponetti and Dubois for putting on another successful tournament. The trio made an announcement about a December tournament in NYC and we'll post the details right here as we get them. You can also click on the Boston Challenge logo on the left to get to the tournament web site. Update: North American rankings have been updated.
Detroit to host 16-player tournament 4-9-07
Those guys in Detroit just can't wait until next year. They're hosting a small tournament called the Stiga Hockeytown Battle on Saturday, June 9. The event is open to all players (as insisted upon by the USTHA), but due to space concerns is limited by the organizers to the first 16 players who register. This event will bring the current tour year to a close, with the Vancouver tournament scheduled for the end of June likely to be cancelled. The Hockeytown Battle will be replaced in the tour standings in March 2008 by the bigger tournament that the Detroit Table Hockey League has planned, much like next month's Stiga Shootout in SoCal will replace last September's results in the ranking system. For more details on the Hockeytown Battle, please go here: Detroit tournament
Boston deadline approaches; SoCal, Montreal next 4-6-07
The entry deadline for the prestigious Boston Challenge tournament is approaching. The tournament will take place on Saturday, April 14. If you plan to attend but haven't registered, please do so ASAP to help the organizers ensure a great tournament experience for all. Next up in May are a pair of tournaments. One is Stiga Shootout in Southern California, which is May 19. Plenty of players already registered there due to Dr. Kevin Rafferty's hard work. The following weekend is the Rose Bowl Classic VI in Montreal put on as always by Pierre Chastenais. Details are now available on the RBC website. You can find out more about all three top-notch table hockey tournaments by clicking on the icons on the left. Good luck to all players and organizers in those three great events.
2nd annual NHL playoff pool to raise money for CTHA 3-14-07
Our Canadian friends at the CTHA are holding another fund-raiser. Here's the message from Pascal Theriault: The donation and the Pool is open to everyone who knows hockey, from casual to big time fans, table hockey players, hockey players, or simply just the amateur. Everybody can participate and try to win the the 2007 CTHA Hockey Pool. The goal of the pool is to raise funds for the CTHA to enable the association to offer improved services to table hockey aficionados across the country. Your membership will make a difference to allow the CTHA to better serve its members and their respective leagues and tournaments, to gain more visibility through marketing activities, and to help promote table hockey to potential sponsors to help send our best players to participate in the 2007 World Cup in Moscow if possible.
Payout: All participants will also be eligible for prizes to be drawn. More prizes will be determined shortly. 50% of the money will go to the winners (amount depending on numbers of participants). The other 50% of the money will go to the CTHA. Also: nextPLAY and Canada challenge 2006 DVDs. Free entry to all NA Tour Event for one year.
How to Enter: Complete the entry form ensuring that all of the fields are filled correctly, so that we could send your password by email: Click here
Once the entry form has been completed and submitted, participants will be required to send a $15 donation. Participants will have the option of settling using either PayPal or check by contacting Ron Chesick (CTHA Treasurer) at email@example.com to get the mail address. Once the funds are received by the CTHA, participants will be contacted by email (with the link, User ID, and Password) so that they will be able to go in and indicate their Pool choices. For any technical difficulties, please contact Pascal Theriault (CTHA President) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New issue of The Score now available 2-28-07
The USTHA and Canadian Table Hockey Association are proud to announce that the latest issue of The Score, our official newsletter, is now available. Without giving too much away, we've got articles on the State of Table Hockey, table hockey innovator Paul Ruiz, and an interview with top player Junior Gelinas. But the only way you can get The Score is to join your country's national association. Membership in the USTHA, which gets you all the issues, plus discounts at online table hockey stores, among other things, starts at $10. To join today and get your copy of The Score immediately sent to you, please Click Here.
Table hockey strong in New England --- Sign up for Boston Challenge Today 2-24-07
The resurgence of table hockey is spreading to the Hartford area. Father and son Matt and Chris DiDomizio, whom many of you know from Stiga tour events, will host their first North American Stiga tour sanctioned tournament around mid-September. The tournament likely will be called the New England Open, or possibly the Hartford Open. The DiDomizios got the organizing bug after watching a gathering earlier this month attract a few visiting players. This will be bring to 12 the number of events scheduled for the 2007-08 tour year. Amazing. Much credit to all the table hockey organizers in the US and Canada for making this happen. Boston 2007: the next stop on the tour is the premier Boston Challenge event. It's at a new venue this year and anyone interested should help the organizers by signing up as soon as possible. The Boston Challenge draws the most players each year of any tour event and should not be missed. Please click on the Boston Challenge icon on the left for more information.
Dubois wins Stiga Las Vegas 2007 1-30-07
Kenny Dubois of the Boston area won the 21-player Stiga tournament at the Let's Play Hockey International Table Hockey Championships. He defeated Rob Chargo of Gurnee, IL in the finals, 4-1 in a series with three games decided by one goal, two of them in sudden-death OT. Edmonton's Reggie Stefaniszn took third. John Power of Breezy Point, NY won the B pool over Zach Pohlman of Madison, WI, while Rob Meer defeated his friend AJ Sarma to win the C pool. The excitement continued on Tuesday as Dave Kraehling defeated legend Lou Marinoff in a seven-game series in a Coleco tournament. Full results to come at the tournament website.
Change of date, venue for Boston tournament this year 1-27-07
The marquee event of the North American Stiga Tour, the Boston Challenge, has a new date and venue. Organizers Steve Bernstein, Mike Caponetti and Kenny Dubois will host the tournament on April 14. The Can-Am Cup tournament, a special event featuring the top players from the U.S. and Canada, will take place on the evening of April 13. The date had to be moved from April 7 because that's Easter weekend. The new venue is at Framingham State College's athletic center in Framingham, MA. You can find out all the new details at the tournament web site,
Detroit, Shawinigan join Disney on North American Tour next year! 12-9-06
The USTHA and CTHA are proud to announce two new stops on the Stiga North American Tour in addition to the already-announced Stiga Wizards near Orlando, FL. First up will be the Shawinigan Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007 in Shawinigan, QUE. Organizers are Jonathan Belanger and table hockey star Jean "Junior" Gelinas. The two have teamed up to stage an event at the
Escapde Inn. Shawinigan is about 115 miles from Montreal. First prize is $250 (CDN). More details and a tournament website to come. Until then, please e-mail Junior.
USTHA now accepting memberships again 11-19-06
We're also very proud to announce that Detroit, MI --- Hockeytown, USA --- will host a tournament in early March 2008. It'll be called the Stiga North American Championships. Detroit has been an important city in the history of table hockey, with a huge tournament taking place during the 1970s at the Pontiac Silverdome. Organizers Paul Brotz, Tim Walker and Tom Warren are working on a date and will have more details soon, but promise a venue close to the airport for those who want to fly in. You can stay posted at the DTHL website.
And in between those two debut events will be the Stiga Wizards tournament put on by organizer Jim Rzonca, who is known for his top-notch events in Lemont and Las Vegas. The event near Disney is aimed at all table hockey players, of course, but those players with families will especially love this one. The tournament will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007. For more information, please e-mail Jim at this time.
Hello table hockey enthusiasts. I'm proud to announce that the USTHA is once again accepting memberships. We're going to start simple, offering one membership package. If the demand is there, we'll add more options, including one with a t-shirt. Membership is $10/yr or $25/3 years. You'll get all the issues of the excellent table hockey newsletter, The Score. In fact, that's the only way you can get The Score. You'll also get a 10 percent discount at the premier U.S. table hockey dealers Tablehockeygames.com and Rodwarriors.com. And you'll get a $5 discount at North American Stiga Tour events. The membership practically pays for itself, and it's a great way to support the USTHA and its efforts to promote table hockey. You can sign up here: USTHA Memberships
New issue of "The Score" is out! 11-19-06
The latest issue of the USTHA/CTHA newsletter, The Score, is now out. The only way you can get it is to sign up for a USTHA membership. This issue contains details about the Next Play DVD, a recap of tournaments and rankings, an interview with table hockey wonderkid Mike Sacco Jr. of Long Island, and much, much more. It's all designed professionally by the LAHTO's Pascal Theriault. You can view a sample issue by clicking on The Score icon to the right. You can sign up for membership here and your issue of The Score will be e-mailed to you: Sign up to get The Score via a USTHA membership
Table Hockey Tips DVD now available 11-14-06
Ever wanted to learn to play table hockey a little better? The guys in the Gatineau league have put together a DVD to help you. The newly-released disc features tips on making shots, video footage of tournament games and segments with top players like Kenny Dubois and Junior Gelinas showing their craft. It even comes in two different versions, one for those who use NHL-style players and another for those who use International-style players. Check out the NextPlay DVD here: Table Hockey Tips DVD
Pontus wins Gatineau 10-21-06
Pontus Eriksson of Skinnskatteberg, SWE wins this year's Canada Challenge. He defeated Montreal's Junior Gelinas 4-1 in the finals to take first place. Third place went to Kenny Dubois of the Boston area over Bruce Turner of Kitchener, ONT. The B pool winner was Steve Levesque and C pool winner was Matt DiDomizio of Connecticut. Congrats to all the winners and congrats to Pascal Theriault and the LAHTO crew for putting on a successful tournament. The tournament web site: Canada Challenge
Stefaniszyn wins Edmonton 9-23-06
Congrats to Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton for winning the ETHL's CCC event on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the West Edmonton Mall. Reggie defeated fellow Canadian Matt Ross 4-0 in the finals. Stats will be posted here: CCC stats
Moe wins inaugural Stiga Shootout in SoCal 9-16-06
Espen Moe of Norway won the first-ever United States Stiga Shootout in Ladera Ranch, Calif. He defeated Ron Marsik 4-0 in the finals. Congrats to Espen, who made his return to SoCal table hockey and to tournament organizer Dr. Kevin Rafferty, who made the final four along with Mike Allen. The Edmonton tournament is next weekend. What a month for table hockey!
North American rankings updated 8-2-06
Hello. I've updated the North American rankings to include the Battle in Seattle, King of Table Hockey and Stiga U.S. Open. Just click on the link up top there. The separate U.S. and Canadian rankings will be compiled shortly.
Dubois wins Stiga U.S. Open in Lemont 7-29-06
Ken Dubois of the Boston area won his third Stiga U.S. Open tournament in four years by defeating Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, Ontario four games to none in the finals. Dubois only lost one game all day. The Open marked Kunzler's third straight North American tour finals appearance. He previously lost in Montreal at the RBC and won the KOTH in Vancouver. Taking first in the B pool was Paul Ruiz of Toledo, OH and winning the C pool was Jerry Miller of Homewood, IL. As always, congrats to all the winners.
Full results and photos are at the tournament website: U.S. Open
Timo T. wins Montreal, Kunzler wins Vancouver 7-2-06
Finland's Timo Toivonen won the Rose Bowl Classic V tournament in Montreal in early June, coming back from a 3-0 finals deficit to defeat Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener. On July 1, Kunzler defeated Ron Marsik of the Chicago area in the finals of the King of Table Hockey tournament in Vancouver. Congrats to Bernie on his first tournament title.
Go to Table Hockey Heaven and Rose Bowl Classic
for more info.
Stensmyer wins first-ever Battle in Seattle 5-13-06
The inaugural edition of the Battle of Seattle took place on May 13, 2006 in downtown Seattle, WA. Peter Stensmyr (Sweden) went undefeated over the course of the tournament. He captured the final series (4-0) over Warren Klotz (BC). Matt Ross (BC) took third place.
Go to Battle in Seattle
for more info.
Boston Challenge Crowns Iso-Tryykari
Kristian Iso-Tryykari won this
years' F1 Boston Challenge 2006 and once again
brings the trophy home to Finland. Kenny
Dubois of the USA finished second and took home
the silver medal, stretching Iso-Trykari to
six games. Lars Fridell, Sweden, finished
third and took the bronze medal. Go to
web site for more.
wins inaugural Las Vegas event 1-10-06
hockey great Jacob Lindahl won the Let's Play
Hockey Championship this weekend in Las Vegas.
44 players gathered at the Paris Hotel to take
part in the event. Peter Ostlund took
second and Pontus Eriksson third. Ken
Dubois, the top player in the US, came in eighth.
Go to www.stigalasvegas.com
for more info.
table hockey brother passes 12-2-05
Butler, table hockey player, collector, dealer
and organizer, passed away Oct. 26 after fighting
rare form of kidney cancer for nearly a year.
you probably knew him as one of the organizers
annual U.S. Open tournament in Lemont, where
fourth in the B pool this year despite undergoing
treatment at the time. Some of Garry's fondest
hockey memories came on the road at the Rose
Classic in Montreal and at the Vancouver tournament.
But he thrived on putting on the U.S. Open each
A funny guy, sharp dresser and tough competitor,
truly will be missed. To visit his tribute web
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Challenge won by Steve Bernstein
October 22 many of North Americas best table
hockey players gathered in Gatineau , Que to
play in the Gatineau Challenge 2005 table hockey
tournament. 41 players turned out and Steve
Bernstein surprised the field, winning his first
Stiga event, 4-3 over Hugues Dery of Montreal
, Que. Bruce Turner of Kitchner, Ont took
third. Organizer Pascal Theriault and company
again hosted a great event, one that shouldn't
be missed. For final results, stats, pictures
and more, go to Gatineau
tops in Edmonton 9-30-05
AB - Table hockey veteran Ron Marsik from Hickory
Hills, IL took top honors at this years Centennial
Cup tournament held at the West Edmonton Mall.
He beat Dominic Froome from Vancouver, BC 4-2
in the final series. Warren Klotz, also of Vancouver,
reclaims Stiga US Open Cup 8-3-05
IL - The US Open was played last weekend with
Kenny Dubois of Worceter, MA winning his second
US Open title in three years. He beat
last years champion, Rob Chargo, 4 games to
2 in the final series. Bernie Kunzler
took the third place trophy. Steve Puopolo
Sr of Groveland, MA won the B Division Championship
and Rich Thill Sr won the C Division for the
second straight year. There were many new faces
and surprises at this years tournament.
Of note, nine year old Tanner Ruiz won the bronze
medal in the C group playoffs and 13 year old
Mike Sacco Jr won his first playoff round in
the B group over long time table hockey veteran
John Schenk. For full results visit the
Open web site and
Schenk's Table Hockey for some great pictures.
formalized at World Championships 6-22-05
group of fifteen nations ratified and signed
a constitution creating the International Table
Hockey Federation. Steve Bernstein, Commissioner
of the USTHA, was voted onto the Executive Committee
(EC) of the ITHF along with Vladamir Kraus of
the Czech Republic, Magnus Bovie of Sweden,
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark and Intars Zubeckis
of Latvia. The website for the newly formed
association is still under construction and
will be unveiled in the next few weeks.
We are proud to note that website guru, Pascal
Theriault, is very involved in that project.
wins third WC 6-7-05
Osterman of Sweden beat out Finland's 14 year
old phenom Roni Nuttunen 4 games to 2 in the open
finals of the World Championships in Riga, Latvia.
USA players played well with Kenny Dubios finishing
in 49th place, Mike Caponetti finishing in 74th
and Steve Bernstein finishing 76th. This
was Caponetti and Bernstein's first WC and Kenny
Dubois' second. Bernie Kunzler of Canada