UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #11
Table Hockey Championship Tournament
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Finland's Jan Pelkonen wins the 2018 Stanley Cup of Table Hockey!
Jan Pelkonen, the #19-ranked player in the world, traveled from Naantali, Finland to win the UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT in Anaheim. The 20-year old table hockey wizard, lost only one game all day, by a score of 3-2 to Roman Nezhyba (Czech Republic) in the Group A, round robin of the top-8 players, leading up to playoff seedings. As a result, Nezhyba was the #1-seed going into the playoffs. Pelkonen was the #2 seed.
Pelkonen overpowered all playoff opponents. He was a gracious champion. Hoisting the Stanley Cup of Table Hockey, Pelkonen swept Nezhyba in four games in the Final by scores of 4-3, 7-4, 4-1, 7-3.
Nezhyba had won the Stanley Cup of Table Hockey in three of the past four years. Nezhyba, who currently resides in Laguna Hills, California, is the top player in the entire Western Hemisphere.
Pelkonen is the fifth player to win the Stanley Cup of Table Hockey. Canada's Reggie Stefaniszyn has won five Cups, Nezhyba three, and one Stanley Cup Championship each to the USA's Ron Marsik, Norway's Espen Moe, and now Finland's Jan Pelkonen.
Mark your calendar and make plans to travel to Anaheim and compete for the Stanley Cup of Table Hockey at next year's UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Looking ahead to next year, Norway's Espen Moe, the first-ever winner of the Stanley Cup of Table Hockey at the inaugural UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT in 2006, has already committed to play in January 2019. Jan Pelkonen may be back to defend his Stanley Cup Championship next year -- and he may bring some of his elite table hockey friends with him!
Thank you to all 32 players for making this year's tournament such a blast!
UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #11
Final Standings 2018
1. Jan Pelkonen, Naantali, Finland
2. Roman Nezhyba, Laguna Hills, CA (Sumperk, Czech Republic)
3. Kevin Rafferty, Laguna Hills, CA
4. Sean Rafferty, San Diego, CA
5. John Labianca, Las Vegas, NV
6. Brandon Martin, Newberg, OR
7. Pierre Chastenais, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
8. Patrick Martin, Oregon City, OR
9. Brian Rafferty, San Diego, CA
10. Jeff Wilens, Yorba Linda, CA
11. Ryan Le, Anaheim Hills, CA
12. Kelly Rafferty, Lake Barrington, IL
13. Jose Cruz, San Diego, CA
14. Rich Davis, Escondido, CA
15. Marko Vasquez, Irvine, CA (Vaughan, Ontario, Canada)
16. Robert Vasquez, Irvine, CA (Vaughan, Ontario, Canada)
Ethan Bernabe, Corona, CA
18. Kamran Maghzi, Orange, CA
Avdan Gupta, Anaheim, CA
20. Tyler Shapiro, Garden Grove, CA
21. Domenic Bernabe, Corona, CA
22. Cruz Fineman, Yorba Linda, CA
23. Aaidan Echanique, Riverside, CA
24. Rachel Dorgan, Yorba Linda, CA
Christopher Younes, Anaheim, CA
26. Christo Mallakis, Orange, CA
27. Akshna Gupta, Anaheim, CA
28. Albert Echanique, Riverside, CA
Emma Joleen, Brisbane, Australia
30. Rohan Sahoo, Yorba Linda, CA
Nishka Morada, Orange, CA
32. Krishesh Morada, Orange, CA
Medals were awarded to the following players for their tournament achievements:
Top Junior Player (under age 18): Ryan Le
Top Female Player: Rachel Dorgan
Rookie of the Year: Brandon Martin
Female Rookie of the Year: Emma Joleen
Veteran Rookie of the Year (over age 40): Patrick Martin
Junior Rookie of the Year (under age 18): Marko Vasquez
Most Sportsmanlike Player: John Labianca
Perseverance Award: Tyler Shapiro
United States Table Hockey Association President’s Award: Sean Rafferty
Southern California STIGA Table Hockey League Founder’s Award: Brian Rafferty
UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT
All-Time Stanley Cup of Table Hockey Champions
#12 2019: Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Anaheim
#11 2018: Jan Pelkonen (Finland)
2017: Roman Nezhyba (Czech Republic)
#09 2016: Roman Nezhyba (Czech Republic)
#08 2015: Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada)
#07 2013: Roman Nezhyba, (Czech Republic)
#06 2012: Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada)
#05 2010: Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada)
#04 2009: Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada)
#03 2008: Reggie Stefaniszyn (Canada)
#02 2007: Ron Marsik (USA)
#01 2006: Espen Moe (Norway)
Mention my name to Len Mecca and I'm sure that he will take very good care of you!
We don’t stop playing because we grow old;
We grow old
because we stop playing.
My Philosophy on Table Hockey:
Over the years, serving as a school principal/campus director, my philosophical approach is: 1) to introduce the great game of table hockey to our youth and get kids excited about playing; 2) to re-introduce table hockey to adults who have played over the years and get them back into the game they loved to play; and 3) to encourage experienced players of all ages to continue playing and serving as great ambassadors for table hockey.
Playing in a table hockey tournament is the best way to do just that -- plus it's a ton of fun!
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