UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT 2020

Table Hockey Championship Tournament
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Anaheim, California

Your chance to win the
Stanley Cup 
of
Table Hockey


Registration is now open:

Add your name to the player list for 2020


Four of the Top-15 players in the world are coming to play in Anaheim this January, including Latvians, Edgars Caics, #2 in the world (left) and Atis Silis, #9 (right). The #4 player, from Russia, Arseniy Stolyarov will be here along with #15, from Latvia, Valts Smagars. The UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT Table Hockey Tournament will be held on January 25, 2020.


Latest News: 
Just added to the Player List, Canada's #2 and #3-ranked players from Kitchener, Ontario, Bernie Kunzler and Bruce Turner are coming to California!


HUGE TABLE HOCKEY NAMES COMING TO PLAY IN CALIFORNIA

Big news for table hockey in North America: Four of the Top-15 players in the world are playing in the UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT Table Hockey Tournament in Anaheim on January 25, 2020!

Three are from Riga, Latvia. Currently ranked #2 in the world, Edgars Caics, will be making the trip along with his fellow Latvians, Atis Silis #9, and Valts Smagars #15, according to the International Table Hockey Federation (ITHF). Caics won the prestigious 2017 ITHF World Table Hockey Championship Tournament in Liberec, Czech Republic, while Silis won the 2013 ITHF World Table Hockey Championship in Stavanger, Norway.

Ranked #4 in the world, Arseniy Stolyarov, from Russia has signed-on to play in Anaheim. Stolyarov is currently attending the University of Wisconsin pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics.


Perhaps the presence of these four table hockey superstars will entice even more of the top players in North America to come out to Anaheim this January to test their skills against the very best.

Two-time defending UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT Champion, Jan Pelkonen, from Finland, is looking into making the trip along with a fellow Finnish table hockey buddy.

USA's #1 AND CANADA's #1 PLAYERS WILL PLAY IN ANAHEIM

The USA's #1-ranked table hockey player, Paul Shabi, from Fraser, Michigan, and Canada's #1-ranked player, Kent Richter, from Edmonton, Alberta will be in Anaheim to play in the UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT on January 25.

Other players traveling from Canada include Pat Genge, Canada #5, from Edmonton and Philippe Marejech, Canada #12, from Calgary, Alberta. 

Notable traveling table hockey players from out-of-state in the USA include Joe Kunst from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and John Labianca from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Of course, Roman Nezhyba, #2 in the entire Western Hemisphere (Laguna Hills, CA, by way of the Czech Republic) and Kevin Rafferty, USA #2, will be here.

It's time to add your name to the player list!

Please shop around for the best prices on flights: John Wayne/Orange County Airport is closest to Anaheim. Also check prices for LAX, Ontario (CA), Long Beach, Burbank, and San Diego. You're likely to find some sweet deals.

Who will win the Stanley Cup of Table Hockey this January? Come out and be part of the biggest tournament of the year!

Players of all skill levels -- beginners to advanced -- are encouraged to compete. Trophies and medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers at six different skill levels.

Table Hockey is for Everyone! Boys, girls, men, women, age 7 to 107. 
Every day is a great day to play Table Hockey!


We don't stop playing because we grow old;

We grow old because we stop playing.

NEVER. STOP. PLAYING.


Add your name to the Player List. Email: kevin.n.rafferty@gmail.com
See all the details at: www.tablehockeyrocks.com



UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Anaheim, California

Player List (subject to change):
Edgars Caics, Riga, Latvia (#2)
Arseniy Stolyarov, Moscow, Russia (#4)
Atis Silis, Riga, Latvia (#9)
Valts Smagars, Riga, Latvia (#15)
Roman Nezhyba, Laguna Hills, CA (from Czech Republic) 
Kevin Rafferty, Laguna Hills, CA
Kent Richter, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Pat Genge, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Philippe Majerech, Calgary Alberta, Canada
Paul Shabi, Fraser, MI
Joe Kunst, Grand Rapids, MI
John Labianca, Las Vegas, NV
Gordon Costa, San Diego, CA
Jose Cruz, San Diego, CA
Rich Davis, Escondido, CA
Ethan Bernabe, Corona, CA
Domenic Bernabe, Corona, CA
Ken Henshaw, Huntington Beach, CA
Ryan Le, Anaheim Hills, CA
Kamran Maghzi, Orange, CA
Avdan Gupta, Anaheim, CA
Akshna Gupta, Anaheim, CA
Rob Jussaume, Los Angeles, CA
Ryan Jussaume, Los Angeles, CA
Riley Jussaume, Los Angeles, CA
Lucas Cabra, Los Angeles, CA
Ashton Cabra, Los Angeles, CA
Marko Vasquez, Irvine, CA
Robert Vasquez, Irvine, CA
Christopher Younes, Anaheim, CA
Christo Mallakis, Orange, CA
Alexandra Sprague, Orange, CA

Nathaniel Sprague, Orange, CA
Rachel Dorgan, Yorba Linda, CA
Mark Brown, Yorba Linda, CA
Calvin Brown, Yorba Linda, CA
Sylvie Brown, Yorba Linda, CA
Jeff Wilens, Yorba Linda, CA

Interested in playing:
Bernie Kunzler, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Bruce Turner, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Emma Joleen, Brisbane, Australia
Mark Claydon, Maui, HI
Paul Gasiecki, Chicago, IL

We will begin at 9:30 am. Two round robins will be played for a total of around 30 pre-playoff games. Playoffs are best-of-seven in the A Pool; best-of-five in the B Pool; best-of-three in the C and D Pools, best-of-one in the E and F Pools. Scores are kept by each player on his/her own score sheet, so you get the maximum number of five-minute, audio-timed games played in a minimum length of time!
 
Tentative schedule:

8:45 a.m.: Doors open
9:15 a.m.: Introductions and rules
9:30 a.m.: Whole-group photo with the Stanley Cup of Table Hockey

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Short qualifying group round robin followed by the First Round Robin
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch break (pizza lunch provided)
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Second Round Robin
3:30 to 4:00 p.m.: Break
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.: Playoffs and Awards

Pizza lunch, snacks, and bottled water provided, while supplies last

Trophies or medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of six skill-level groups: A, B, C, D, E, and F. Every player will automatically be entered into a raffle for fabulous prizes before the Playoffs begin. As in past years, the grand prize will be a brand new Stiga 21 table hockey game, courtesy of TableHockeyRocks.com

 
Deadline for registration is Thursday, January 23, 2020

Entry fees:
$35 US for adults
$20 for first-time-ever tournament players and players born 2002 and after
$10 for the third+ immediate family members

Payment can be sent via Paypal to: kevin.n.rafferty@gmail.com or by check or money order in US dollars to:
 
Kevin Rafferty
c/o Fairmont Private School
5300 E. La Palma Avenue
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
 
Tournament rules adhere to ITHF guidelines. All games are fitted with International Stiga player figures. All games are cleaned with diluted Original Windex, have net deflectors, puck-catchers, silicone on the rods, oiled slots, and 'Tack it Over' on the player pegs.
 
This tournament is part of the ITHF World Tour and the North American Stiga Tour, sanctioned by the United States Table Hockey Association, the Canadian Table Hockey Association, and the International Table Hockey Federation.

Absolutely no alcohol or drugs allowed on campus at any time. No smoking or vaping allowed on campus at any time. Violators will be ejected from the tournament. 

 
For traveling table hockey players:

Take a break from your winter and come out to sunny Southern California!

Lots to see and lots to do! Disneyland is just a few miles away. Southern California offers hundreds of attractions. In a single day, you can literally spend time at the beach, up in the local mountains, and out in the desert. Southern California offers you everything!



UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT


All-Time Stanley Cup of Table Hockey Champions


#12  2019: Jan Pelkonen (Finland)
#11  2018: Jan Pelkonen (Finland)

#10  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)



All-Time Results: ITHF Final Tables 

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UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #07
United States Stiga Shootout 2012 Juniors
UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #06
UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #05
UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #04
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UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #01


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UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #12

Table Hockey Championship Tournament
Saturday, January 26, 2019

Anaheim, California



Table Hockey Tournament Participants and Enthusiasts,

Thanks for making the United States Stiga Shootout on Saturday such a big success! It was a great day for table hockey! Players earned trophies and medals in six different divisions. Everyone took home a prize from the player raffle. Congratulations, again, to Mark Youngdahl, who took home the grand prize – a brand new Peter Forsberg Edition of the Stiga Playoff Table Hockey Game! Read on:

Pelkonen Wins Again at United States Stiga Shootout in Anaheim (26-1-19)

Back-to-back Stanley Cup of Table Hockey wins for Finland’s Jan Pelkonen! It was a rematch in the Final of the United States Stiga Shootout as defending 2018 champion Pelkonen faced Roman Nezhyba from the Czech Republic. Pelkonen prevailed four games to one. Nezhyba won the first game, 4-2. Pelkonen responded with four straight wins, 6-2, 4-2, 6-4, and 4-2 to successfully defend his title in 2019.

For the third year in a row, tournament organizer, Kevin Rafferty, from the USA, took third place. Joe Kunst, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, finished fourth.

Forty-four players competed in the 12th edition of the United States Stiga Shootout. Here’s the final order of finish at this World Tour and North American Tour table hockey event:

Jan Pelkonen

Roman Nezhyba

Kevin Rafferty

Joe Kunst

Sean Rafferty

Arttu Koivisto

John Labianca

Rich Davis

Pierre Chastenais
Ryan Le

Mark Claydon

Ethan Bernabe

Glenn Bernabe
Kamran Maghzi
Jeffrey Wilens

Avdan Gupta

Jose Cruz

Ryan Jussaume

Riley Jussaume

Lucas Cabra

Rachel Dorgan
Ashton Cabra

Rob Jussaume

Marko Vasquez

Mark Brown

Dylan Oliver

Domenic Bernabe

Bob Howard

Darryl Oliver

Robert Vasquez

Aaidan Echanique

Alexa Le
Christo Mallakis
Riley Youngdahl

Calvin Brown

Akshna Gupta

Rohan Sahoo
Mark Youngdahl
Rachel Rodriguez-Youngdahl
Christopher Younes

Alexandra Sprague

Nathaniel Sprague

Sylvie Brown

Emma Joleen

Group A

Champion: Jan Pelkonen
2nd Place: Roman Nezhyba

3rd Place: Kevin Rafferty


Group B

Champion: Pierre Chastenais
2nd Place: Ryan Le

3rd Place: Mark Claydon


Group C

Champion: Jose Cruz
2nd Place: Ryan Jussaume

3rd Place: Riley Jussaume


Group D

Champion: Mark Brown
2nd Place: Dylan Oliver

3rd Place: Domenic Bernabe


Group E

Champion: Christo Mallakis
2nd Place: Riley Youngdahl

3rd Place: Calvin Brown


Group F

Champion: Alexandra Sprague
2nd Place: Nate Sprague

3rd Place: Sylvie Brown


In addition to the championship trophies and medals awarded for group play, ten players earned the following tournament medals of special recognition:

 

Top Junior Player (under age 18): Ryan Le
Top Female Player: Rachel Dorgan

Rookie of the Year: Arttu Koivisto

Female Rookie of the Year: Alexa Le

Junior Rookie of the Year (under age 18): Lucas Cabra

Veteran Rookie of the Year (over age 40): Mark Claydon

Most Sportsmanlike Player Award: Kamran Maghzi

Perseverance Award: Aaidan Echanique
USTHA President’s Award: Joe Kunst
SCSTHL Founder’s Award: Robert Vasquez



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UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #11

Table Hockey Championship Tournament

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Anaheim, California



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.


Thank you to all 32 players for making the 2018 tournament such a blast!


UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT #11
Final Standings 2018


Group A
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

Group B

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)
Group C

17. Ethan Bernabe, Corona, CA
18. Kamran Maghzi, Orange, CA

19. Avdan Gupta, Anaheim, CA
20. Tyler Shapiro, Garden Grove, CA
Group D
21.  Domenic Bernabe, Corona, CA

22.  Cruz Fineman, Yorba Linda, CA 

23.  Aaidan Echanique, Riverside, CA

24.  Rachel Dorgan, Yorba Linda, CA
Group E

25. Christopher Younes, Anaheim, CA
26. Christo Mallakis, Orange, CA
27. Akshna Gupta, Anaheim, CA

28. Albert Echanique, Riverside, CA

Group F

29. Emma Joleen, Brisbane, Australia
30. Rohan Sahoo, Yorba Linda, CA

31. Nishka Morada, Orange, CA
32. Krishesh Morada, Orange, CA


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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

Video promos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp19QlyCUyU&feature=share (5:38)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-NVYSb8pZA&feature=youtu.be (0:56)


Many of you have been asking about how to purchase your own STIGA table hockey game, team packs, or game parts. Similarly, if you liked playing on the exhibition game fitted with the BubbleDome, contact the inventor and exclusive seller of the STIGA BubbleDome -- Len Mecca at www.RodWarriors.com

 

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!


Regards,

Dr. Rafferty

 

kevin.n.rafferty@gmail.com

www.tablehockeyrocks.com

 

Fairmont Private School, Anaheim Hills Campus

5300 E. La Palma Ave.

Anaheim Hills, CA 92807