Table Hockey Championship Tournament

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Anaheim, California

It will be a great day for table hockey!

You're invited to play in our 10th UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT Table Hockey Championship Tournament.

Again this year, we anticipate hosting players at all skill levels and from age 6 to 60+. For those of you who have played in any of our previous nine tournaments, you know this is a well-run event. Couldn’t be here last year, come out and join the fun this year!

Saturday, January 28, 2017
This is the weekend sandwiched in between the NFL Conference Championships and the Super Bowl.  It's also the weekend that Los Angeles is hosting the NHL All-Star Game and the NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition at Staples Center.

To make this year's tournament even better, the UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT has been added to the ITHF World Tour -- and Anaheim is one of the six "major" tournaments on the North American Tour!!!

Consider this your invitation to play in the 10th UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT Table Hockey Championship Tournament on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in Anaheim, California.

2017 Tentative Player List (subject to change):


Domenic Bernabe, Corona, CA
Ethan Bernabe, Corona, CA
Cameron Candalla, Laguna Hills, CA
Pierre Chastenais, Montreal, QC, Canada
Howie Cohen, San Diego, CA
Sean Colclough, San Diego, CA
Nicholas Dorgan, Yorba Linda, CA

Rachel Dorgan, Yorba Linda, CA
Greg Dorn, San Diego, CA

Aaidan Echanique, Riverside, CA
Cruz Fineman, Yorba Linda, CA
Zachary Foeldi, Fullerton, CA

Akshna Gupta, Anaheim, CA
Avdan Gupta, Anaheim, CA
Riley Jussaume, Los Angeles, CA
Rob Jussaume, Los Angeles, CA
Ryan Jussaume, Los Angeles, CA
Bernie Kunzler, Kitchener, ON, Canada
John Labianca, Las Vegas, NV

Ryan Le, Anaheim Hills, CA
Dr. Thuan Le, Anaheim Hills, CA
Lukas Lin, Anaheim, CA
Kamran Maghzi, Orange, CA
Christos Mallakis, Orange, CA
Roman Nezhyba, Laguna Hills, CA (Sumperk, CZE)
Dylan Oliver, Costa Mesa, CA
Jay Petrick, Las Vegas, NV
Brian Pottenger, San Diego, CA

Brian Rafferty, San Diego, CA
Kelly Rafferty, Lake Barrington, IL
Kevin Rafferty, Laguna Hills, CA
Sean Rafferty, San Diego, CA
Ethan Rokos, Anaheim, CA
Tyler Shapiro, Garden Grove, CA
Matthew Shelby, San Diego, CA

Andrew Spallone, Costa Mesa, CA
Luke Sponsler, San Diego, CA

Aman Talwar, Anaheim, CA
Larry Thompson, West Covina, CA

Calvin Vician, Fullerton, CA
Christopher Younes, Anaheim, CA

We will begin at 9:15 am. Round robin games will be played for approximately 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. 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.: Round robin
12:30 to 1:15 p.m.: Lunch break (pizza lunch provided)
1:15 to 3:15 p.m.: Round robin
3:15 to 3:45 p.m.: Break
3:45 to 7:00 p.m.: Playoffs and Awards Ceremony

FREE pizza lunch, snacks, and bottled water for all players

Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of the four Pools, A, B, C, D. Each player will automatically be entered into a raffle for fabulous prizes before the Playoffs begin. Keeping with our tradition, the grand prize will be a brand new STIGA table hockey game for one of our lucky players!

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Entry fees:

$35 US for adults

$20 for first-time tournament players and junior players born 1999 and after

$10 for the third+ immediate family members


Payment can be sent via Paypal to: kevin.n.rafferty@gmail.com or by cashier's 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 Suplaks, net deflectors, pledged rods, oiled slots and 'Tack it Over' on the rod pegs.
This tournament is part of the North American STIGA tour and the World STIGA Tour, sanctioned by the United States Table Hockey Association, the Canadian Table Hockey Association, and the International Table Hockey Federation.
For traveling table hockey players:


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

If you come with your spouse and children, 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 mountains, and out in the desert. Southern California offers you everything!


NHL All-Star Game the day after the tournament in LA:

The NHL All-Star Game is being played in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 29 at Staples Center. Take part in some of the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend activities in Los Angeles.


The 2017 NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition will be held at Staples Center on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.



All-Time Stanley Cup of Table Hockey Champions

January 28, 2017: Who will be the next champion to have his/her name engraved on the Stanley Cup of Table Hockey?


#10  2017: Who will it be? It could be you! Sign-up to play!
#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)

Many of you have been asking about how to purchase your very own STIGA table hockey game, team packs, or game parts. I suggest contacting our friend Len Mecca  at www.RodWarriors.com 

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!

Congratulations to fifth grader Salem Younes who took home the grand prize STIGA table hockey game in 2016!

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!


Dr. Rafferty





Fairmont Private School, Anaheim Hills Campus

5300 E. La Palma Ave.

Anaheim Hills, CA 92807

Table Hockey Championship Tournament

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Anaheim Hills, California

It was a great day for table hockey!

Thank you to all of the players who participated! We quite literally had table hockey players from age 6 to 60+. For those of you who couldn’t be here this year, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that you will want to play in our table hockey tournament next year.

See the complete order of finish for the 29 players -- including four females -- who competed in the UNITED STATES STATES STIGA Table Hockey Tournament 2016:

CHAMPION: Roman Nezhyba, Sumperk, Czech Republic
2nd Place: Bjarne Axelsen, Bronderslev, Denmark
3rd Place: Anette Engel, Bronderslev, Denmark
4. Steve Bernstein, Framingham, Massachusetts
5. Kevin Rafferty, Laguna Hills, California
6. Brian Rafferty, San Diego, California
7. Kelly Rafferty, Lake Barrington, Illinois
8. Larry Thompson, West Covina, California

B Group Champion: Darryl Oliver, Costa Mesa, California (#9)
2nd Place: Calvin Vician, Fullerton, California (#10)
3rd Place: Kael Mai, Anaheim Hills, California (#11)
12. Kamran Maghzi, Orange, California
13. Ryan Le, Anaheim Hills, California
14. Nicholas Dorgan, Orange, California
15. Taede Mai, Anaheim Hills, California
16. Keyvan Maghzi, Orange, California

C Group Champion: Dylan Oliver, Costa Mesa, California (#17)
2nd Place: Andrew Spallone, Costa Mesa, California #18
3rd Place: Cruz Fineman, Yorba Linda, California (#19)
20. Aiden Spallone, Costa Mesa, California
21. Landon Stein, Costa Mesa, California
22. Amelia Lesser, Anaheim, California
23. Aaidan Echanique, Riverside, California

D Group Champion: Ethan Wei, Placentia, California (#24)
2nd Place: Rachel Dorgan, Orange, California (#25)
3rd Place: Malia Mai, Anaheim Hills, California (#26)
27. Salem Younes, Anaheim, California
28. Christopher Younes, Anaheim, California
29. Caden Oliver, Costa Mesa, California


2016 Stanley Cup of Table Hockey goes to Roman Nezhyba from Czech Republic


Roman Nezhyba (CZE) sent shock waves through the table hockey world as he defeated Bjarne Axelsen (DEN) in seven games to win the tournament championship at the UNITED STATES STIGA SHOOTOUT in Anaheim on Saturday, January 23rd!

Here's a breakdown of the exciting seven game final series:
Bjarne 5-2
Bjarne 5-2
Roman 3-2 in OT
Roman 7-4
Roman 6-3
Bjarne 3-1
Roman 6-3

To put this amazing win into perspective:

Axelsen was playing in his 831st table hockey tournament. Bjarne is currently ranked #68 in the world by the International Table Hockey Federation (ITHF).
Right now, there are 10,721 active STIGA table hockey players from around the world who are ranked by the ITHF!

Nezhyba is a relative newcomer to STIGA table hockey. This was only his 13th table hockey tournament. Roman played in his first tournament in Las Vegas in 2009. Coming into yesterday's tournament, Nezhyba was ranked #497.

Bjarne did not play poorly. Roman simply played that well.


This marked only the second time that Bjarne has NOT won the championship in a tournament that he's entered in North America -- that's 21 tournaments in all. Previously, the only blemish on his record in the USA or Canada: Axlesen finished in 3rd place in Las Vegas in 2010 to Sweden's Lars Fridell (1) and Pontus Eriksson (2).