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 our 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


Want to play in the first-ever table hockey tournament in Hawaii?

The Aloha Stiga Hawaii Table Hockey Tournament will be played on Saturday, April 27, just steps from the beach in Kihei on the island of Maui. See all the details and sign-up at www.tablehockeyrocks.com


Want to attend a special table hockey group night at a San Diego Gulls game?

We have a special table hockey night with the Anaheim Ducks top minor league farm team, the San Diego Gulls, on Saturday, March 30. Game time is 7:00 p.m. vs. the Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames). Table Hockey will be available for everyone to play from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the San Diego Gulls Fan Zone by the North Entrance/Box Office/Will Call. March 30 is First Responder's Pre-Game Tailgate. Tickets are available to purchase online now:


Keep playing table hockey!


Dr. Rafferty

We don’t stop playing because we grow old;

We grow old because we stop playing.


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 

United States Stiga Shootout 2012 Juniors



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!

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


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!


Dr. Rafferty





Fairmont Private School, Anaheim Hills Campus

5300 E. La Palma Ave.

Anaheim Hills, CA 92807