USTHA Top 10 (November 2014)
1. Eric Davis,
Byron, IL (204 pts)
2. Mike Hubbard,
Hookstown, PA (153)
3. Kevin Rafferty,
Laguna Hills, CA (135)
4. Eric Krol,
Homer Glen, IL (119)
5. Paul Shabi,
Fraser, MI (100)
6. John Medema,
Tinley Park, IL (96)
7. Ken Dubois,
Shrewsbury, MA (92)
8. Tom Warren,
Portland, OR (82)
9. Darwin Sampson,
Madison, WI (81)
10. Dean Moore,
Hookstown, PA (78)
Video of the week: Goran Agdur school in session 11-22-2014
Goran Agdur won three gold, three silver and three bronze medals in the famous Swedish Masters table hockey tournament from 1982-1992. Here, he takes us all to school. Whoo! (Check out his web site: HERE.
Player rankings now updated 11-19-2014
The North American, USA and Canadian player rankings have been updated. Thanks to Pierre Chastenais of Montreal for making the PDFs as usual. See them HERE.
Video of the week: Euro center tricks 11-12-2014
A video from Youtube, featuring some European music and center tricks.
Stefaniszyn wins Stiga Canada Cup 11-1-2014
Reggie Stefaniszyn won another tournament, this time besting the field at the Stiga Canada Cup outside Toronto. He defeated Alain Gamache 4 games to 1 in the final. Kent Richter, fresh off a tournament in Switzerland, finished third over Bernie Kunzler from Kitchener. A photo of the top three finishers.
Stiga Shootout returns 10-21-2014
Dr. Kevin Rafferty is bringing back the U.S. Stiga Shootout tournament. It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 in Anaheim Hills, CA. More information will be posted in the coming weeks at the tournament web site: HERE
Stefaniszyn wins Mississippi Valley Open in Iowa City, IA 10-5-2014
Canadian champ Reggie Stefaniszyn won the first-ever Stiga Mississippi Valley Open tournament near Iowa City, Iowa. He defeated US champ Eric Davis 4-2 in the Best of 7 finals in a rematch from the U.S. Open finals. You can watch that finals series (along with some games that preceded it: HERE
Still time to sign up for inaugural Mississippi Valley Open tournament in Iowa City, IA 9-22-2014
Final preparations are being made for the first-ever Mississippi Valley Open tournament to be held near Iowa City, IA on Saturday, Oct. 4. The field includes the two players who met in the Stiga U.S. Open final, Canadian champ Reggie Stefaniszyn and US champ Eric Davis. More from tournament organizer Steve Junge: "The final push has started to fill this event. We have 24 so far. I know there are at least four who have expressed interest, but the time is now to commit. Battle it out with many of the best in North America. The top-ranked Canadian and the top-ranked United States player are both in the field, as well as other Top 25 competitors. Finals will be live streamed to the table hockey world." You can get more info and sign up here: MISSISSIPPI VALLEY OPEN
Video of the week: CAGAVISION: Grizzles vs. Oilers 9-21-2014
In honor of Kevin Williams' CAGA Detroit table hockey league starting its fall season next month, here's a recently posted video from a league night in April. It features the Grizzlies, led by Bill Hunter, against the Oilers, led by Bob "The Bulldozer" Monaghan. While the production values are retro top-notch in CAGA, the table hockey is usually pretty rough and tumble. You have been warned...
Details of 2014 Toronto tournament announced 9-20-2014
Eugene Kurz has announced the details of this year's Stiga Canada Cup. It'll be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Stiga Canada HQ in Newmarket, ONT. From Eugene: "There will be championships in Elite, Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner categories, with the promise of action-packed fun for everyone. Cash prizes, trophies for all skill categories, NHL team packs and other STIGA merchandise awarded. Lunch is included in entrance fee. And once again, two lovely hostesses will brighten your day." You can find out more and sign up at THE TOURNAMENT WEB SITE.
Axelsen wins in Edmonton 9-13-2014
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark defeated Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton to win the CCC tournament in Edmonton today. Dwayne Pankiw was third over Dominic Froome of Vancouver. There were 23 players.
Video of the week: Czech Open 2014 Highlights 8-16-2014
This is a nearly 7-minute video showing the highlights of this year's Czech Open. Talk about a lot of table hockey games.
Video of the week: Swedish Championship 2013 Finals 8-4-2014
Here is a video from Sweden featuring Peter Ostlund and Marcus Andersson in Game 5 of the finals. This is for the Swedish Championship in 2013. Some slow-mo replays and decidedly European music are added production values. Much patting down of the players. They do tend to rise if you don't use an adhesive to keep them down.
Details announced for Edmonton tournament in September 8-3-2014
Reggie Stefaniszyn has announced the web site and tournament details for the 11th annual Centennial Challenge Cup. It'll be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the West Edmonton Mall. As is tradition, players can use Stiga Playoff or NHL playing figures. There will be giveaways. More details HERE.
ITHF publishes proposed rule changes 8-1-2014
From the ITHF Executive Committee: We were asked to review the ITHF Game Rules and Tournament Rules. Many of you have told us that specific rules are unclear or need to be adjusted. In response, we have put together this list of 14 proposed changes for each nation to vote on. The national associations have a copy of the rules, and member nations will vote on the proposals Oct. 6-13. Only those proposed changes that receive a majority of YES votes will be put into effect. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Committee. You can also discuss these proposals on the ITHF Tablehockey News and Debate page on Facebook. These proposals do not cover all the issues that some of you have raised. We are aware of other areas that need to be addressed carefully, and it will take some time before solutions to all problems can be found. We see these proposals as a step in the right direction, but not the final step. Read the proposed rules changes HERE. Join the North American debate HERE.
Video of the week: LW-C tips 7-28-2014
In the spirit of improving your game, here are some tips on hitting shots from the left wing to the center. The LW is trickier in Stiga than it is other table hockey games because the player can go behind the net. This allows for some variations and creativity. Found this video on YouTube posted by Kristof Herold, who is a 21-year-old player currently ranked 189th in the ITHF World Rankings.
Stiga Mississippi Valley tournament debuts in October 7-23-2014
You may have noticed a new tournament logo added to the left-hand column on this page. The inaugural Stiga Mississippi Valley Open will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 near Iowa City, Iowa. Tournament organizer Steve Junge, who runs the Eastern Iowa Table Hockey League, has been working with a local committee to put on a sanctioned tournament. This fall, they'll make their North American Tour debut.
USTHA Player of the Year: Eric Davis 7-21-2014
Eric Davis of Byron, IL was the 2013-14 USTHA Player of the Year. He finished as the runner-up in tournaments in Chicago and Detroit and won the Madison event. He succeeds Paul Shabi, who won the trophy the last two years. Congrats to Eric.
Video of the week: Stefaniszyn-Davis U.S. Open finals 7-20-2014
About as fresh as it gets, folks. Watch Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, AB take on Eric Davis of Byron, IL in the Stiga U.S. Open finals from yesterday. Spoiler alert: Reggie was en fuego, as the kids say. CLICK HERE PLEASE.
Stefaniszyn wins the Stiga U.S. Open 7-19-2014
Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, AB won the Stiga U.S. Open tournament in suburban Chicago. He swept Eric Davis of Byron, IL in the finals. Reggie won more than a dozen games in a row from the Round of 16 through the finals. Taking third was Jerry Wikstrom of Sweden. The tournament featured 30 players from five nations. Some results, with photos and much more to come at STIGA U.S. OPEN SITE.
Davis repeats in Edmonton 6-22-2014
Eric Davis of Byron, IL won his second Great Lakes Invitational in a row on Saturday in Madison, WI. He lost only one game all day and swept Eric Krol of Homer Glen, IL in the finals. Taking third was John Medema of Tinley Park, IL over tournament organizer Darwin Sampson of Madison. Some results: HERE.
Video of the week: Left Wing Tips 6-12-2014
Now for something a little different. It's a short video featuring LW-C tips.
Video of the week: European Championships 6-9-2014
This is about as fresh as it gets, folks. Believe this is video of the 2014 European Championships held in Latvia. Looks like it's the whole series.
Video of the week: Caics vs. Silis 6-1-2014
It's Game 1 of the finals of the 2013 Stiga World Championships. Your players are both from Latvia, with Edgars Caics on the left and Atis Silis on the right. There's some pre-game stuff before the game starts about 1:50 in.
Stefanisyzn wins in Montreal 5-30-2014
Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton defeated Eric Desjardins in the finals of the Canadian Masters of Stiga, the long-running event put on by Pierre Chastenais in Montreal. Kent Richter of Edmonton was third over Simon Harvey of Montreal. B Group was won by Alain Gamache of Gatineau and C Group was won by David Kindschi, also of Gatineau.
Video of the week: Axelsen-Kunzler in Chicago 5-24-2014
It's Game 5 of the finals of the 2009 Stiga U.S. Open in Lemont, IL. Your players are Bernie Kunzler of Kitchener, ONT and Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark. Spoiler alert: this one goes longer than five minutes. Thanks to "Super" Dave Kraehling for the video.
Dates for Chicago, Madison tournaments announced 4-12-2014
The Great Lakes Invitational will take place on Saturday, June 21 in Madison, WI. Organizer Darwin Sampson of the Madison Resistance THL is planning this event that's open to all players. The Stiga U.S. Open will take place on Saturday, July 19 in suburban Chicago. There will be a Coleco tournament the night before.
Video of the week: Stefaniszyn vs. Krol in Detroit 4-6-2014
Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton and Eric Krol of Chicago, IL faced off in the first round robin, second round robin and the playoffs. Reggie won all but two of the seven games on the day. Believe this is first round action...who wins? Check it out: RIGHT HERE. Video courtesy of SOHOtablehockey.com
Video of the week: Desjardins vs. Davis in Detroit 3-30-2014
It's Game 5 of the 2014 SNAC Quarterfinals from Livonia, MI featuring Eric Desjardins and Eric Davis. In the series, Desjardins is up 3-1 and looking to clinch.
Davis repeats in Edmonton 3-28-2014
It's Game 5 of the 2014 SNAC Finals from Livonia, MI featuring Bruce Turner and Eric Davis. In the series, Turner is up 3-1 and looking to cement his comeback. Does he get it? Get the answer RIGHT HERE.
Don't call it a comeback: Turner wins Detroit 3-22-2014
After a few years away from the tour, Bruce Turner of Kitchener, ONT won the Stiga North American Championships in Detroit. He defeated Eric Davis of Byron, IL 4-1 in the Best of 7 finals. Congrats to Bruce. Third place was Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton, AB over Kent Richter.
Video of the week: Gamache-Turner from Toronto 3-1-2014
This week's video was shot by John Fayolle in Toronto in November. It's a quarterfinal match between Alain Gamache of Gatineau and Bruce Turner of suburban Toronto. Both are signed up to play in the Stiga North American Championships in Detroit on March 22.
Sign up for the big table hockey weekend in Detroit 2-28-2014
The Stiga North American Championships already have more than three dozen players signed up. The event is Saturday, March 22, with a big Coleco tournament that Friday night. Click on the link in the left-hand column.
Video of the week: Vegas 2014 Finals: Reggie vs. Klaus 1-20-2014
Here is some fresh video shot Saturday by Vegas Jay Petrick. It's Game 6 of a Best of 7 finals featuring Reggie Stefaniszyn and Jean-Claude Klaus. If you check out Jay's YouTube channel, you can also see Game 5, the awards ceremony and other videos as they are posted.
Stefaniszyn wins in Vegas 1-20-2014
Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton defeated Jean-Claude Klaus of Switzerland 4-2 in the finals of the 2014 Stiga Las Vegas event at The Flamingo on the Strip. The event drew players from five countries.
Dates for Chicago, Madison tournaments annonced 1-7-2014
Hello all. We're back in the new year with another table hockey video of the week. In honor of the Stiga Las Vegas tournament coming up on Jan. 18 at The Flamingo, here's a battle between two players who'll be playing in the event. It's Dr. Kevin Rafferty of Southern California against Las Vegas THC champ John Labianca.
Happy holidays to the table hockey community 12-24-2013
Merry Christmas, happy holidays and Happy New Year to the table hockey community around the world. May you all have holidays and time off filled with much table hockey.
New issue of "The Score" now available 12-19-2013
We've got an early holiday present for the table hockey community. It's a new issue of "The Score," the official newsletter of the Canadian Table Hockey Association and United States Table Hockey Association. We've got five articles in this issue, which has a loose Canadian Stiga TH theme.: a message from CTHA President John Cooke, a story about the CTHA's foray into Facebook by Johnny Canuck, a player profile on the talented Eric Desjardins, a new feature written by Jeff Mancini of Las Vegas about vintage table hockey games, and the feature article this time is written by the brilliant Stephen Klump, who really thinks about TH and the mechanics of the game. It's about How to Aim, complete with photo illustrations. The Score home page is: HERE.
Stiga Las Vegas returns in January 11-26-2013
The next stop on the 2013-14 North American Stiga Tour will be in Las Vegas on Jan. 18. The Stiga Las Vegas tournament returns. It'll be held at the Flamingo on The Strip. Registration now open: CLICK HERE.
Video of the week: Vancouver playoffs finals 11-25-2013
The Vancouver Table Hockey Club held its playoffs. Warren Klotz and Dominic Froome faced off in the finals. Here's Game 1: (video no longer available).
Rankings updated after Toronto tournament 11-18-2013
The North American, US and Canadian rankings pages have been updated and you can view them HERE. Thanks to Pierre Chastenais for assembling the PDFs. Next tournament on the tour is in January in Las Vegas.
Video of the week: An old-school change of pace 11-17-2013
John Fayolle at SOHO Table Hockey is hosting a big Munro/Coleco weekend on Nov. 22-23. He shoots video when he travels to tournaments. This week's video is from John Fayolle. It features Sam "The Slickster" Anoussis against Gino "The Animal" Bossio. Both are highly skilled Coleco players.
Video of the week: How to change an ice sheet 11-11-2013
The folks at Table Hockey Shop posted a video offering some finer points on how to change your Stiga ice sheet. Who among us hasn't needed a new ice sheet after some overexuberant playing?
Video of the week: Canadian fun 11-3-2013
Our video of the week is from the June 2013 tournament in Montreal at the Rose Bowl. It's Reggie Stefaniszyn on the left and John Cooke, the CTHA president, on the right. Reggie and John both played well at the Toronto tournament last weekend, so that's how we picked this video to share.
Axelsen wins Stiga Canada Cup for third year in row 11-2-2013
Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark won the Stiga Canada Cup tournament outside of Toronto. He defeated Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton in the finals. You can find playoff video HERE.
Video of the week 2010 U.S. Open finals 10-27-2013
Our video of the week is from the July 2010 Stiga U.S. Open tournament near Chicago. It's Game 1 of Edgars Caics and Jeff Puopolo. Caics, who is from Latvia, was visiting the U.S. that summer and made the trip up from Houston. Puopolo, who is from the Boston area, was playing in his first tournament in a few years. The video is courtesy of Kevin Williams, who runs the CAGA Detroit league and does some great editing/production work. You can find more of his videos HERE.
Video of the week: Swedish Masters 2013 10-21-2013
Our video of the week is from the January 2013 Swedish Masters tournament. It's Yanis Galuzo against Michal Hvizd. Galuzo is from Russia. He's ranked 5th in the ITHF World Ranking. Hvizd is from the Czech Republican and is now ranked 20th. This is Game 3 of the finals. The tournament had 101 players.
Video of the week: Dubois-Lindahl 10-14-2013
Our video of the week is from the January 2006 Stiga Las Vegas tournament. The first one that attracted a ton of great players from a half-dozen or more countries. I believe this is a quarterfinal match between Kenny Dubois, the best American Stiga player of all time, and Jacob Lindahl, the legend from Sweden who was #1 in his day. Jacob should be nice and rested...at this point he's just easily swept me 4-0 in the preliminary A Group playoffs. Looks like video was shot by Paul Ruiz of .
Video of the week: Couple of Swedish masters 10-8-2013
Here's video of a game at the 2012 Swedish Open finals. Thomas Petersson against Peter Ostlund. Some music and goal replays. Watching a couple of top players at work. PLEASE CLICK HERE
Table hockey school blog 10-8-2013
Sissie Wikström of Sweden has put up a blog with plenty of good thoughts and tips on table hockey. Beginning players will really find this useful, but there are good reminders for more advanced players too. The drawings are by Lars Sundh. For more info, please CLICK HERE.
Stiga Canada Cup in Toronto to feature a comeback 9-25-2013
The next tournament on this year's North American Tour will be held Nov. 2 in the Toronto area. It's the Stiga Canada Cup put on by Eugene Kurz. Looks like Stiga legend Bruce Turner is starting his comeback at this event. Bruce was a mainstay in the final four of the Stiga revival a decade ago before moving to South America on business. Great to see Bruce back on the tables. There's also going to be a Coleco event put on by Dave Kraehling that Sunday, Nov. 3. More info on that as we get it. To see the Stiga player list and get more info, please CLICK HERE.
Reggie in Edmonton again 9-16-2013
Reggie Stefaniszyn took the 10th edition of the Centennial Challenge Cup. An exciting finals against Kent Richter. To read more about the tournament and see some photos, please CLICK HERE.
The 10th Edmonton Centennial is set 8-18-2013
The 10th edition of the Centennial Challenge Cup will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15 in the West Edmonton Mall. Organizer Reggie Stefaniszyn will be looking to claim another title in his hometown. For more information about the tournament, click on the tournament web site in the left-hand column.
Late entrant Axelsen claims another U.S. Open 7-21-2013
The 2013-14 North American Stiga Tour got underway July 20 in suburban Chicago. Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark, who showed up the night before at the Coleco tournament (won by Jim Rzonca for the second year in a row), claimed another U.S. Open championship. He defeated Eric Davis of Byron, IL, who made the finals for the second year in a row. Eric Krol won the B pool over Joe Salazar, both are locals who have played in every Stiga U.S. Open. Kevin Harla of the Detroit-area CAGA league took home C pool honors.
Happy holidays to the table hockey community 7-15-2013
The 2013-14 North American Stiga Tour kicks off Saturday, July 20 in suburban Chicago. It's the Stiga U.S. Open, a tournament that dates back to 2002. On Friday night, there's a Coleco tournament.
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