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Table Hockey Book 1895-2017 Timeline History+Revised Guide

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Prior to some early entries will be !-Check it out x-influencial though peripheral trivial material.

Dear Reader, I'd rather play than read, read than type, but, it's a humbling honor for this TH student to share this with yous.
THs a more sophisticated, evolved advanced game than even TH people give it credit for... till now.

x1781 New laws in France and Britain 1853, 1854 and 1872 re. games of chance, diverted some attention throughout Europe towards
games of skill over mere chance. 1919 USA Prohibition Act diverted the slot machine business, exporting to Britain, now with more tolerant laws.
The law and growth of sport popularity in Europe, lead to miniaturized established sports games. Euro and NA markets influence each other to this day.

x1860 Baseball banks seen on USA antiques roadshow and football players with push down knobs on each figure on the board, seen on UK antiques roadshow,
are just 2 examples of the more or less same innovations of the time. By the end of the century, coin-op gm creators were working on multiple figures,
able to turn and kick/swing. Irwin's Top Corner (1993) creator was reportedly paid 50k for an essentially 100 year old innovation. (Rare 1920s example)

!1895 James Sykes of the UK, patents the 1st known slot game. A football (soccer) game with individual end controls and hockey like round corners.
The end controlled goalie moved side to side in a "half moon". The heavy construction early games targeted "parlour"s, were "portable" and could be "placed on table"s.
If link patent site says "An error has occurred", search (top left) by name and year or by patent number code (GB189500268)

x1896 A Great UK horse race game innovation, return the coin to the winning player, is seen on most every 2 player game that followed.
Ernest Matthewson's Automatic Sports Co., London is thought to be the early expert of football, golf, cricket gms. The ornate cast iron stands
and wood cabinets, containing gms of skill with coin reward incentive competition seen in the places to be seen, inspired many gm creators.
These gms golden era came with what was 1st known as Full Team Football or 22 Man Football, best known in the USA as Play Football.

!1902 John Airs and Herbert Mirfin of the UK, patent a slot football game with player figures which could "partially rotate". The 1st known use of the word "slot".

1903 Ernest Matthewson of the UK patent includes 6 vs 6 figure (coin-op stationary game) "... to play a miniature game of football, hockey cricket...".
Was Hockey made? (Golf, less mentioned in the patents, was). (16 Photos + Video)) (search GB190305281) ( 3 beautiful examples Cricket, Football and Golf) (1896 1 vs 1 GB189609731)

1904 Feb 4, A Cdn.s patent application includes the term "Table-Hockey". It's the 1st known documented use of the term.
It should be noted that many football gm patents of this period, state table football and later in their documents, hockey,
polo, cricket etc. IOW, patents are a pool of ideas and most creators were well aware of hockey being a potential table game. (1st 2 paragraphs)

!1917 Ernest Horsburgh and Adrian Brough of the UK, slot game patent title is, "Improvements in mechanical Apparatus for Playing Games Football, Hockey and the like". The 4 vs 4 side control goalie game includes space between the figures feet and support to allow for "increased skill" (described in detail). The patent also states; "The figures may be made to represent football players or hockey players with hockey sticks, the figures being interchangeable on any particular size of apparatus". The essence of the 1938 Aristospel game 20 years earlier.

!1920 Edward Busson of the UK, patents the 1st known under the board control slot game. He states; "...the apparatus can be adapted for playing a parlour game in imitation of hockey
or the like instead of football, without departing from the spirit of my invention". The hockey like 6 vs 6 figure rounded corner game, believed to have inspired the Glavin game (see 1927).

!1920 Edwin and Francis Woolacott of the UK, football game patent includes an "L shaped slot" goalie (for goal kicks), the 1st forked slot figure.

x1922 Mr. Thornton's foosball patent filed in the UK. Thornton's uncle patents foosball in the USA in 1923. Foosball's origins
are claimed by a few different nations, dating back 50 or so years. This appears to be the 1st played like todays game. (2 links)

x1922 and 1923, 2 UK patents for stationary full team football coin-op gms (2 USA patents followed) temporarily trump slot/foosball gms.
The great American coin-op company Chester Pollard purchases rights. NYs Pollard patent + 2 UK patents available upon request. (1/2) (2/3) (3/4) (4/5) (5/6)

1924 Mario Canale and Ricardo Frias of Argentina patent a non push and pull slot football game. The 1st known slot game not requiring a 2nd parallel board (see 1950). (2nd link same patent/ quick access)

!1927 John D Glavin of Providence Rhode Island USA, files a patent for his hockey game June 20, it's the 3rd of 4 games called the TH Holy Grail, best known as the Glavin game.
The family name Glavin was known in the UK and patent clues clearly suggest that this game was inspired by UK creators. The 1st known hockey themed slot game. 1 known to exist
does not include forked slots and the goalie is similar to Eagles round corner Playmaker (a simplified Benej type pattern). Most 2 player games were played from the side-both players
on the same side of the gm or on opposites (eg foosball). Was the known gm made before or after the patent? (see 1920/1988)

1932 The Christmas Gift. In December, during the Great Depression, Donald H Munro of Toronto Canada, had no money to buy his children Christmas gifts,
so he went into his basement and transformed his wifes ironing board into a hockey game. In January 1933, Munro received a $3.60 voucher from Eatons
department store in exchange for a game. Eatons phoned back immediately, wanting 6 more. Munro was still on the streetcar ride home.
The 1st generation of games was made until 1937 and included nails in the centre of the playing arena (known today as the "nail game").
Despite being made for 5 years, only 4 are known to exist and 2 of those are owned by the Munros. A Great Canadian success story, and
thanks directly or in directly to Mr. Munro, countless boys (men and woman too) around the world got the gift of TH for Christmas. (2 links)

1934 Leslie Rackham of the UK, patents a complex full team football slot game. Perhaps the best illustrations of the period. Follow site instructions under 1895 entry to view full screen.

x1934 Hego Hockey of Germany is the 1st known date of a German 1 vs 1 figure coin-op gm but, likely 1 of the other known similar gms from Germany predates it.
The 1st known hockey gm ad in full color. (also German)

x1934 JP Seeburg of Chicago, USA (best known for jukeboxes) release the 1st known NA hockey coin-op gm. 1 vs 1 figure games were soon copied and are common today.
The Seeburg salesman catalog included the 1st known NA hockey gm ad in full color. 1935/36 games had an optional "sales board" the winning player got a free punch at the board.
The 1st time a player could win more money than the cost to play. 1 vs 1 figure games, though related, are not TH games.

x1935 Barnum Mfg. Co. of Cleveland, USA Popeye game is the 1st toy 1 vs 1.

!1935 Allan Beach of the UK, patents a 6 vs 6 figure slot football game which utilizes the same slots for both sides of the game (5 total slots). Side slot goalie.

1935 George Birkbeck of the UK, patents a football game with a spring end controlled rod goalie, allowing it to move in 4 directions (see 1961 Munro).

1936 Max & Jentzsch of Germany make IMO Hockey, Bergmann & Co. of Germany make Liga (also in 1936) and Kolner Automaten-Fabrik of Germany make Husch, year unknown.
These 3 vs 3 figure gms are the 1st coin-op TH games. German coin-op hockey history is extensive, requiring further research. Many 3 vs 3 gms would follow in Germany, UK and USA. (1/2) (3/4) (FR805195) (Scroll down, only known (good) photo of smaller IMO Hockey?

1937 Palace of Pioneers workers develop a Russian side slot version of the Glavin game (see 1927). 1938 Illarion Morozov and Maminov Ivanovich develop a 2nd modified version.
Several slot & forked slot variations known. (-) (-) (5 links) (see 1988 Score On..).

1938 Brent Unger, Birger Ostlund and Holger Blomstrand of Sweden, patent an end controlled slot game. Unger sells the prototype to Aristospel, who name it "the mangle".
The patent name is "Improved Apparatus for playing a Table Football, Ice- Hockey, or the like Game." The figures were hockey players. (search GB517203)

!1938 Aristospel of Sweden hire inventors Klas and Emil (Henrik) Widegren to make something of the mangle. 1,000 copies per yr for 1st 5 yrs are said to have been made of
the 1st 2 gms. ("Puck 1 and 2). The game ,which resembles the 1917 and a 1935 game more than the mangle, is patented throughout Europe and NA. (1st link 14 languages) (quick access)

x1938 Exhibit Supply Co. Chicago, USA patent Hockey and Ping Pong games with score counters. (last photo) (2 links)

1939 France side slot/TH foosball gm. Available in French only and text+images must be downloaded to view.

!x1939 In late 39 Mutoscope, New York USA (best known for old films) release the Gem of 1 vs 1 gms (last 1 in THe book). The side attachement is best known by
Eagles HNIC TH gm. Mutoscope made there 1st hockey gm in 37 (same year, same state as toy maker Gotham).

1895-1939 Football game creators challenge was making a competitive game suited for 11 vs 11 figures which,controlled a ball with skills.
The success of Full Team Football and Foosball are logical, as controlling a ball with an 11 vs 11 figure game with less knobs for more figures works well.
The efforts of the pioneer slot game creators is extrodinary, inspiring and at times ingenious. They wanted individually controlled figures but,
as some discovered, 6 vs 6 figure, disc (puck) control slot games are perfectly suited for TH!

1943 Eagle Toys Ltd of Montreal, Canada, President Ben Stein observes Munro's Wood game and begins to develop his own hockey game.

WWII Canadian troops stationed in England played Munro Wood games. Table Hockey did it's part, raising the morale of our troops.
Aristospel's production stopped for a couple of years. Shortages lead to the evolution of plastic parts. Mass resettling exposed slot hockey to new regions.

1945 Slot games 50th Anniversary.

1946 HHOFer Bill Cook endorses Munro's Wood game. THs 1st of 100+ endorsers. The NYR great was coach of the Cleveland Barons at the time.

1946 May 2, first time over 100 Wood games are produced in a single day.

1946 Tousjeux & Nouveates, Sa of Geneva, Switzerland, patent an updated coin-op variation of the 1939 France game. This game was advertised in the USA 1947. (2 links)

Late 1940s The Munros observe Aristospels in The Harold A Wilson store in Toronto. Wilson's Munro Wood games were advertised in
Toronto Maple Leaf programs. The Swedish imports sell for $35 each while the Wood games sell for $8 - $10 each.

1949 Sture Chrona, the new Managing Director of Aristospel, travels throughout Europe licensing the game to other companies. Miegs of Germany and
Cdn.s use the name Cresta, Wisa Gloria of Switzerland, Northwestern Products Co. of USA make Poosh-m-Up Hockey, French and UK licenses also granted.

1949 Sture Chrona displays at the International Toy Fair in Nurnberg, Germany and at the 1st toy show in Stockholm, Sweden.
Prince Gustav & actress Eva Dahlbeck play the game and are pictured in the newspaper.

1950 United's (Chicago, USA) Team Hockey 3 vs 3 Coin-Op game includes face off circles, red/blue lines and inner side crowds
(almost identical crowds to Munro/Eagle's 1964/65 popular games).

!1950 Aristospel "Puck 3" eliminates the need for a parallel board, improving play, decreasing costs.
Modern Table Hockey is born. 1st end controlled Aristospel goalie (Puck 1&2 side controlled goalies) (scroll down) (Note- Puck 1&2 did not have nets) click on pix to enlarge (patent)

Early 1950s Aristospel variations spread. (UK? side goalie with knobs on left and right sides) (scroll down) Cdn. and German Crestas. Note- brown puck is thought to be from a Munro Football Magnetic slot gm.
Decorated Mieg Cresta boxes are the most collectible of the era? German Mieg Crestas and UK Action Games and Toys Ltd. Crestas produce the only Aristospel/Cresta 3D figures (1962)?

1950s "around 1950" 1st known coin-op slot game. Austrian? (click on 2 photos)

1952 Canadian Crestas are produced, first in Burlngton later Toronto, Ontario. Original Aristospel players are used (Aristospel had updated leg mesh).

1952 Munro Games became known as Munro Games Ltd. and moves from Toronto to Burlington in Sept.

1953 Reliable Plastics Co. Toronto, Canada, make the Foster Hewitt Hockey Game with plastic rink, round corners, nets shaped like nets and 2 detachable referees.
Hewitt's celebrity was greater than the Toronto Maple Leafs he called play by play for in the 1930s. The endorsement influenced marketing strategies to come. (2 links) (scroll down).

1953 Eagle President Ben Stein reportedly offers Aristospel $20,000 to use their slot patents.

1954 Eagle introduce "Pro" Hockey in February at the Montreal toy show. The Montreal Canadiens vs All Stars (became Toronto Maple Leafs in 1955 ). The tin player lithos set a new standard in TH. Dick Gamble is modeled for both teams (hair color changed). (1/2) Durnan's gloves and stance are thought to have been used for the goalie) (read link posts) (4/5) (# search 54375)

1954 The Canadian Cresta partners split. Cresta production continues while K & B Toys Ltd. of Burlington, emerges. "Three Stars", the 1st known gear driven TH slot game then,
"1955 World Championships" with limited play behind the net. K & Bs players, like Poosh-M-Up and Eagle 56SCs are mini full size tin players with puck thickness stick blades (more or less). NA slot games become uniquely NA almost immediately. (2 links)

1955 Northwestern Products Co. of St. Louis, USA sell "Poosh-M-Up Hockey". The game is under the Aristospel patent. (1955 Spiegel page 226, 227)
Northwestern's 1955 catalog photo is the 1st known; color photo of people playing TH, photo of people playing slot hockey in NA and color slot game ad.

1955 Eagle sign the Toronto Maple Leafs (3 pix)
Eagle makes "Junior the 1st mini-game (1st German 3 vs 3 Cresta may pre date 55), then make a 2nd mini game "Pee Wee" entirely out of tin.

1955 Munro make the last "Wood games" in December. 22 years of production. Reproductions are still made today.

1955 Gerald and Bernard Biggs of the UK, slot game includes larger defenders than attackers "... increasing their radius of movement and affording them a wider range of coverage...".
The 1st known ball bearing footballs/pucks are described (in the patents for "football & hockey"). Patent 1 diagrams show Munro like bases. Patent 2 includes more diagrams.

mid 1950s? Wisa-Gloria of Switzerland licensed versions of Aristospel include (if original) the 1st non coin-op free standing (legs) game.
Solid quality game ahead of it's time.

1956 Aristospel's "Minspel" is their only mini and stationary game. (click on photo)

1956 Eagle signs the 4 remaining NHL teams, making the NHL exclusively Eagle's. Teams are paid $7,500 each annually.
The 2nd version of "Pro Hockey" becomes the 1st full 6 team endorsed game. Marketed with several variations, the model
with all 6 teams, logo team bags, team flags & poles and the 1st fully decorated game box, represents the 1st TH deluxe game. (1st 3 players of 6 full teams)

1956 Eagle's "Stanley Cup Pro Hockey" known today as the 56SC, was unveiled in February at the Montreal toy show. This all tin classic wasn't advertised and didn't include Eagle's
name due to patent concerns. Eagle's 1st slot game and perhaps the most collectible TH game. 3 variations are known, 2 are quite rare, only 1 example is known of the 3rd. (bottom right)

1956 Munro's "Hockey Master", seen at the February Montreal toy show, Munro's 1st slot game had side controls. 3 pucks including the Magnetic puck and an actual clock to keep time.

1956 The "Golden Era" of TH game production had begun.

1957 February 4 London, Ontario, Ken Goldsmith's 9th birthday party is the 1st documented NA slot event.
53 years to the day after the words Table Hockey were 1st documented. 10 little men (boys) and 1 56SC.

1957 Munro patents the Magnetic puck. The popular puck is used by other co.s, Munro receives royalties while making new business connections.

1957 Eagle's stationary games include teal green "spiral" wood puck and later make a red clay color puck (the 56SC had the black wood puck with red circle in the middle) and black marble.

1957-62 Many NA TH slot games have the defenceman rods on the outer ends (where wingers are today).

1957 Munro's "National Electric Hockey" and Eagle's "Power Play Hockey" (most appropriate game name ever?) are 1st full size up&down slot games, to include elaborate outer side illustrations and to include battery operated electric goallights, Munro has optional "Gondola Game Timer" with buzzer. Jean Beliveau endorses Eagle and is pictured on the Eatons
catalog ad (previously Bernard "Boom Boom" Geoffrion was pictured on the game instructions for a later release of the 1st edition of "Pro Hockey", both Montreal Canadiens).
Beliveau becomes Eagles most prominent endorser, later endorsing Coleco. Including small variations, 7 games are known. (1st came with ping pong nets then tin or plastic nets) (scroll down 58 gm.)

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1957 Stiga AB, of Tranas, Sweden, 1st game "Ishockeyspel" is a slightly flashier copy of Aristospel. Players in Russian and Swedish national uniforms
(most Swedish games included Canadian and Swedish uniforms). Like Aristo's 1st 2 games, Stiga has a side goalie. Stiga's marketing and business sense
meant Aristospel's days in the hockey game market were numbered but, Sweden won the national ice hockey World Championships, ensuring sales for both co.s. (2 links)

1958 Stiga's 2nd game "Tumba Hockey" is perhaps the most collectible European TH game. Battery operated goal lights, attractive side mount clock,
decorated game box and player/clock boxes, good color scheme and endorsed by popular Swedish ice hockey star Sven "Tumba" Johansson (the most influential TH endorser ever). (Click on photo, then click on tiny photo at bottom, not Tumba in photo).
2nd and 3rd from last paragraph give insight to his outgoing personality and time with the Boston Bruins. (1st outer side endorsement name/picture, click 2nd photo)

1958-60 All Munro's games include end boards above the playing surface, helping to keep the puck in play. They are the only co. ever to do so. Top Munro models include
red and blue battery operated lights, signaling a goal or end of period.

1958 Eagle's PP Hockey includes a 3 1/2 inch replica of the Stanley Cup for the 1st time.

1958-59 All Montreal Canadiens programs include a 2 page Molson Breweries ad depicting a 56SC game. Perhaps the most popular TH related print ad ever.

1958 Some Eagle and Munro games include tin nets (were "ping pong" nets) with puck ejectors. In 1959 the transition to plastic nets begins. All Swedish nets are tin till 1962.

1959 Eatons department store became exclusively Eagle, by this time Montgomery Wards was as well, while Simpson Sears was exclusively Munro (Canada).

1959 Munro introduce their standard lithographed players most commonly associated with the co. today.

1959 Munro's "National Hockey" is the 1st game to include decorated outer ends. (59 not 57)

1959? De Luxe Game Corp. of Wilkes Barre, USA make "Small Hockey Game". Selling games in the USA, licensed by Munro.
These mini stationary games use 2 generation old Munro players. (1962 Sears page 345 1st gm. on left).

1959 Eagle introduces puck droppers on several of their games. Only the Wood game and coin-op games had similar devices earlier. Eagle's "PP Hockey"
introduces the overhead and though it does not have a puck dropper, it does include scoreboard, 2 sided NHL banners and a stand for the Stanley Cup replica.

1959 Eagle's Playmaker and Family Hockey games combine stationary and slot players. "Family Hockey" also combines side and end slots, making it 1 of
the strangest games ever (see 1962). 56SC and Family Hockey are Eagle's only 2 games with mini players (only Tor./Mon. made and 2 slight variations).

1959 Stiga's "Tumba Hockey" is the 1st full sized European game. A roller puck (with ball bearing) is included but, the so called practice puck is too heavy for the gears used,
though the ball is smaller than NA 1s later used. Eagle's earlier curling games had the 1st known roller "pucks". The new players lithos equal Eagle in quality. (Scroll down, Canada goalie + players)

1950s Detroit Red Wings General Manager Jack Adams insists his players play TH during training camp. Adams says playing "sharpened sensitivities and reflexes".

1959 Doug Maxwell played a Munro Hockey Master on CBC television in November. Maxwell won a cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 1950.

1959 Gotham Pressed Steel Corp. of NY, USA "Big League Hockey" is their 1st TH game. Gotham sold 1 vs 1 Hockey games since 1937. (originally with "ping pong" nets). (Gotham players)

1960 Tudor Metal Products Corp. of Brooklyn, USA make "Hockey Game" which includes front and back players. (player)
Note- the space between skaters feet could be used to control the puck ("lock" or trap the puck), Aristospel players had
partial locks, Eagle tan/yellow stick, Benej, some 3D figures especially current Stiga are best known for this.

1960 Eagle sues Munro in January over the 2 Canadian Cresta patents. Munro sues Eagle in February over the use of 1 of their patents/copyrights, possibly over the use of the word "National". Munro used the word with Wood games then Eagle's 1st catalog ad of 1954 depicted a "Pro" instead with the word "National" not released, now Eagle had a new "National".
The 2 Canadian toy co. giants competiton was at a peak, as the "Golden Era" of game production was nearing it's peak.

1960s T Conn Inc. of Brooklyn, USA, sell "Action Hockey". T Conn manufactured parts for Munro but, may have sold this game without authorization.

1960 Munro's "Hockey Master" and "National Hockey" include bicycle rack like benches for 4 extra teams,
the 1st slot game referees and outer ends created by Walt Disney. Munro got the entire back cover of Sears Canada catalog!

1960 Eagle's "PP Hockey" includes penalty boxes restricting the movement of L wingers when inserted. The overhead spinner combines tradional board and TH game features.
This and some other games now include the "roving goalie". A "floating" bar/rod allows the goalie to move freely anywhere in its crease. Perhaps the best goalie system devised. (scroll down)

1960 Eagle's "PP Hockey" same outer side as above (there are a few variations of this game, now with round corners). The slot pattern is still popular today on the Irwin PP II.
Note- 1960 Eagle produced both square and round corner games in transition (2nd Playmaker etc were square corner). (Eatons 1960 catalog includes the 1st round corner PP)

1960 Eagle's "National League Hockey" is their largest game to date. The d-man expanded slot allowed them to be more involved offencively however, they were not able to come back far enough, allowing opposing wingers to bank shots in off the backs of the goalies from the corners. (click on photo/missing overhead). (# search 63298)

1960 NHLers Doug Harvey and Carl Brewer each do commercials playing Eagle TH.

1960s Diamond of Japan make "Mighty Player" a 3 vs 3 slot mini game similar to a German Cresta. Japan produce other games as well.

1961 Munro and Eagle add plastic glass shields above the "ice" on several games, to keep the puck in play.

1961 Munro include extra puck droppers for magnetic puck faceoffs in all zones. A spring device allows a thick slotted goalie to shoot the puck, especially effective with the magnetic puck.

1961 Aristospel's "Puck 6" is a more realisticly shaped rink and includes the only major player design change in it's history (56 Minispel had unique players). The players include black tape on the stick blades. (2nd game + players and THs 1st national flags, Canada/Sweden) Note- flags not seen in Svenska Ishockeyspel

1962 Alga of Tingsryd, Sweden sell "Tumbas Elit-Hockey". After failing to convince Stiga to produce a r wing which went behind the net and 3D players,
Tumba patents his ideas and endorses Alga. Though the mechanism was faulty, Tumba's ideas continue to influence European TH 50 years later. (# search 710211)

1962 Coleco Toy Products of Hartford, USA sell "Electric Action Hockey." This unique 2 vs 2 game includes 1 figure per team controlled by remote control.
The catalog ad includes Eagle players (game came with unique litho players) evidence of the co.s early relationship. (Technically not TH).

1962 Coleco's game as well as some Eagle, Munro, Gotham and Tudor games include side attachment crowd scenes.

1962 Eagle's "Official Hockey", "Hockey Night in Canada" and Alga's Tumba game are the 1st slot games to include full behind the net play (d-men or winger). Eagle's games include the 1st "extra man". A plastic hook allows for the attachment of an all white player to another player, when the goalie is pulled. Note- Coleco made the extra man, the hook is the rare piece. HNIC is on most collectors want list. Officials side attachment included a clock. (HNIC link) (Official link)

1962 Eagle's "Playoff Hockey" includes a playable ramp behind the net ( many NA games included pucks and balls). During this era many artistic outer sides (paintings/decorations) were produced in NA. This version of this game may have been the most beautiful of all. The action scene depicts several stars including Gordie Howe, Doug Harvey and Jaques Plante. (5th down on right, lesser quality example)

1962 Eagle's "Playmaker Hockey" aka "the round corner playmaker". The 3rd and final version of perhaps the most intriguing game ever. The 1959 model had all stationary figures with a slot centerman. The 2nd, along with Munro's line, introduced the combination overhead/puckdropper, as well as a slot goalie which could come out and cut down angles (ala Glavin/Benej).
3 slotted fwds had a breakaway while 2 stationary d-men waited in the corners. "Buttons" like speed ramps, on either side of where the goalie came out, deflected the puck/ball away,
making scoring more challenging. It appears that both rubber and wood pucks were available. Perhaps the best example of THs most experimental period. (like Playoff, with ramps behind the nets)

1962 Maurice Richard makes 2 TV commercials for Munro, 1 in English 1 in French. Munro now include 3D goal judges, the only co. to do so. (goal judge at edge of image)

early 1960s Star Weekly includes a full page color photo of HHOF Rod Gilbert playing TH. The largest photo of anyone playing TH to date.

1962-63 Munro and Eagle experiment with dual slots (forked slots).

1963 Aristospel's "Puck 7" is their last game. Plastic nets, as seen on Alga's 62 game and a strange NA appearance, are the co.s last desparate attempts to compete in the TH market. (not 1 straight slot + Eagle Playoff like score dial attachments not seen in photo)

1963 Eagle's "Official Hockey" is the 1st NA non coin-op free standing (legs) game.
(Eagle's games include decorated inner side crowd scenes) (Stanley Cup version)

1963 Eagles tan stick players blades are tapered enabling them to raise the puck. The "hollow" aka "diamond" puck is also tapered for lifting the puck. Design flaws lead to
yellow stick players (1964-1968) with square blades. "Stanley Cup NHL Hockey" and Official have "S" shaped d-man slots. Later to be known as Coleco S slot games.
The Stanley Cup is an especially popular model, and the hollow puck/yellow stick players are perhaps the most sought after today. (game) (680723)

1963 Munro's standard Toronto and Montreal players have a detachable tin stick variation, ideal for Magnetic puck use.

1964 Eagle makes very long games "NHL Finals", "Le Canadien" and "National Hockey League". Eagle also produces game variations specifically for the Quebec, Canada market. (NHL) Also included 2 sided crowd (front and back) attachments and
glass shields as did 65SC and "Hockey Canadien" (NHL Finals)

1964 Eagle's "Big Time Club Hockey" is (24 1/4 by 47 1/2 inch playing surface), the 1st "recreation room" game. Slot pattern and dimensions
were duplicated on Coleco's 1972 "Gamesroom." Ahead of its time, the game lacked board support technology resulting in serious warpage.

1964 Munro's "Canadian Hockey" and "National Hockey" (name variations are quite common, "All Star Canadian"," Electric Canadian" etc., a European version was called "Hockey Game" as examples) include crowds on the inner sides/ends with an addional attachable full circle crowd, a 3D type effect. Sometimes called the crowd in crowd game, includes a "roving referee" on an independent rod, allowing for magnetic puck faceoffs anywhere on the game. This is the last innovation exploiting the possibilities of a magnetic puck, of which there are many variations. The inner board added to the 61-63 slot pattern, made it easier to play the puck quickly off the boards and enhances behind the net w to w passing. Munro's 1st 3D players came with some games, (with paint trays/brushes). (scroll down, the inner boards are ideal for adding glass) (scroll down) (Referee/rod))

1964 Gotham's Super Deluxe Hockey includes the roller or ball bearing pucks 1st NA appearance.

1965 Munro sign Bobby Hull to endorse their games. Hull endorses close to 20 Munro TH games, the most of any endorser, and a full line of Munro products. Munro popularizes
the roller puck, 1st yellow then black and are included with every Munro game that followed. Munro curling games use the same mold making roller pucks in different colors. (scroll down, original yellow pucks vary slightly from later mold).

1965 Hockey Illustrated magazine Fall and Winter issue includes a 2 page Eagle history.

1965 Eagle's "NHL Stanley Cup" variations include 1 with 2 sided crowd (front and back) attachments, glass shields, outer sides decorated with NHL logos and trophies,
overhead puck dropper with 6 NHL banners and a nice color scheme. Several variations exist, this specific rare example is perhaps the most attractive TH game ever.

1965 Though numerous new standards and innovations were yet to come, the Golden Era of game production had ended.

1966 Star Weekly magazine February 12, includes 3 life magazine size pages devoted to the Bobby Hull vs Stan Mikita TH promotional coup. The pictures, including 5 in color, are taken by HHOF photographer Harold Barkley. The caption, which reads, "Hockey's two greatest scorers in a grim battle for the table-hockey championship of the world", is the 1st known reference
to a TH world title. Mikita, in red Chicago Black Hawks jersey, defeats Hull, in white Hawks jersey, Hawk coach Billy Reay in referee jersey and Hawks Ken Hodge, Dennis Hull take part.
Number 1 on the top 50 moments of NHLers Playing TH list.

1966 Eagle includes a non-functioning microphone with some models.
(Outer side, announcer, words "complete with microphone" 67 game)

1966 Munro make the see through dropper. The delayed action and visual element allow players to anticipate pucks arrival. Perhaps the best faceoff device ever. California
Coleco players use modified versions (see 2005). (1966 Sears p 563, "Royal Canadian" 1st Munro model to sell over 100,000 units in 1 year)

1966 Bockplast of Finland, make games with early NA slot shape players. In 1967 they become the only foreign TH co. to have success in Sweden.
The 1st USA, Czech, and Finland national uniform players. (The 1938 Aristospel players are said to be Canada, Sweden).

1960s Perma of Germany makes very similar figures to Bockplast, games to Munro (see 1970).

1967 Eagle's "National Hockey" and "Official Hockey" are 2 inches wider than SC Hockey, with straighter slots. A popular slot pattern with players. A hole in front of each net for insertable pegs, allowed for the 1st extra man with separate control. (1968? example)

1968 Both Munro and Eagle are sold to USA co.s in September, within 24 hours of each other. Servotronics Inc. of Buffalo, purchases Munro (the Munro name is still used) Coleco Industries Ltd. of Hartford, purchases Eagle. Both co.s keep head offices in both Canada and the USA and many employees are kept on. Both 1960 lawsuits are dropped without going to court.

1968 Coleco release 12 front and back teams, they include the 6 NHL expansion teams; thus, expanding existing TH markets. The tin player lithos are A1 quality and prove so popular that some people buy games just for the players. Probably the most popular set of TH players ever. The last tin players are seen on the 1970 2 expansion teams, but are inferior in quality.
Future flat plastic and 3D players cannot capture the colors which "pop" on tin.

1968 Stiga's "Pro Hockey Electric" and Bockplast's "Puck Master" introduce advertising on the inside of the sides (board advertising), ads on the playing surface were soon to follow. Each game came in a unique game box. Stiga has a "window" allowing people to see the players included (there 1st 3D players, Tumba was right??), Bockplast's box is a unique and attractive layout with several tones of blue and an almost neon lights effect. Svenska Ishockeyspel refers to the "Puck Master" box as the ultimate beauty. Bockplast's game includes a symbol which is almost identical to Hockey Night In Canada's symbol of that time.
The popular flag and jersey design help make Eagle's 1964 "Olympic Hockey" box a favorite in Canada. The game included r wing behind the net slot and tradional slot pattern variations.

1969 Coleco's "Official NHL Stanley Cup Hockey", then "Official National Hockey", include an attractive square tin overhead puckdropper. Perhaps the most collectible puckdropper.
The National's symmetrics with 4 bars holding the overhead in place, the popular NHL logos on the outerside as well as a row of officials with 12-14 tin teams, is especially collectible . (top right) (left side 2nd photo) (JC Penny page 341)

1969 Coleco's "Face-off Hockey" is a 4 vs 4 mini-game, which comes with a marble and is targeted towards a young market (small kids).

1969 Tudor makes "All Star Hockey" and "All-Pro Hockey", endorsed by the NHLPA (NHL Players Association). Numerous players names appear on the games as well as pictures on the game boxes. All Star white/blue Munro teams are introduced (1966-1971, Munro manufactured games for Tudor). The 1st multi player endorsed game ushers in the multi player endorsement era and marks the 1st TH appearance of HHOF Bobby Orr. (70/71 game)

1970 Munro signs Bobby Orr and goes on to make 6 versions (+numerous small variations), all of which are called "Bobby Orr Hockey."
The 1st 2 include tin players and the leg model includes a large sticker of Orr on the leg board support. Orr's super star status sells hockey to expanding markets.

1970 Munro introduce the "weighted" puck dropper. After the puck is dropped the dropper "arm" lifts, no longer blocking sightlines. The dropper is
utalized in a console as well as a mini-roving dropper.

1970 Munro's "Super Pro Hockey" also called "Super Play Hockey" is a mini-game with end knobs "on top" of the game. Standard players came with the examples seen
(not the unique players seen in all the ads). Perma makes the same game. (link 2/2)

1970 Munro's "Hot Shot" game box is decorated with a game photo which includes the back of a Coleco non NHL goalie. Munro had earlier used goalie backs in catalog ads.

1970 Coleco produce a number of games without NHL logos (on games or players). These games are produced for a couple of years, either due to a brief division between Coleco and the 2 NHL Cdn. teams or a unique deal where Coleco paid per # of endorsed units, allowing for lower end market models. Since 1968, Coleco had games with NHL players with non NHL games and 2 versions of some endorsed games (1 with NHL logos on box or outer side images, 1 with NHL logos airbrushed).

1970 Coleco's "Trophy Hockey" includes a deluxe side console (2 variations) which includes a clock game timer and penalty box. Rare and collectible today.

1971 Table Hockey's Greatest shift + the beginning of the Players Golden Era.
3 of hockey writer Stan Fischler's NY, USA friends started an annual tournament in 1964. By 1969 the ever growing event was held in Stan and hockey writer wife Shirley Fischler's NY apartment and the TJ Rugg Trophy was awarded to the winning doubles team. The 1970 tournament was dubbed "The World Professional Table Hockey Championships." The 1971 tournament was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The huge event included numerous participants from the media, who exposed the tournament across the continent. The Pittsburgh Penguin jersey clad repeat champions Jonathan and Christopher Cerf (sons of publisher Bennett Cerf) were now the world's most famous TH players. The 1974 tournament, now held at the New Nork Statler Hilton, included singles play for the 1st time. The final "TJ Rugg tournament" was held in 1975 with over 200 contestants (singles and doubles) and $3,280 in prize money. Between 1971- 1975 over 20 magazines wrote about the events, countless newspaper articles were written and coast to coast television had covered the action. Numerous tournaments were organized in a number of cities and the World Table Hockey Association (WTHA) was formed, holding tournaments initially in Chicago, Detroit, Montreal and New York and grew to become the "7 city tour". A mindset shift had been apparent for a few years. Games were marketed not only to kids and serious adult competition was there to be seen in the 1966 Star Weekly feature, but now the public image of TH was abundant and progressive. TH co.s realized their market had shifted + now kids and players had something to dream about. (2 links)

1971 Weekend magazine (Cdn. national newspaper supplement) April 10, includes the 1st known "Fischler" TH article and only color photo of the Fischlers playing TH (in NYR jerseys). (Scroll down for story, photo was published in color)

1972 Action Sports Hockey magazine print their 1st article on tournament play. By 1973 the monthly magazine includes "The Table Hockey News" edited by player Howard Hyman. This is the best source for tournament information prior to the internet. Note- Stan Fischler was the face that ushered in the Player's Golden Era and Rostam Publishing Inc. of NY, USA President Bob Stampleman (ASHM publisher) gets the assist!

1971-72 Coleco, Munro and Tudor switch from tin to plastic players,"for safety reasons." In 1972 the 3 co.s include the 1st TH goalie facemasks, including Munro's rare 4 variations of Jaques Plante/Bernie Parent masks. Coleco and Tudor produce "Banana Blade" wafer thin players. The player base attachments include dual sided curved sticks, with Tudor's being removeable. By 1973 both co.s switch back to regular plastic. Tudor's include left or right curve and straight bladed sticks. Both Tudor's plastic player types include teams of 7
players (extra man) all with different numbers and poses. (click on photos)

1971-73 Coleco's "City Series" games come in different game boxes for each team (+ slight game appearance variations, Tudor and Munro WHA do similarily).

1971-73 Coleco's (some) straight and S slot games include 14 NHL logos in color on the tin outer sides. These games include the popular California Golden Seals logo (pre lettering logo) though later models had more logos, they were reduced in size. Colorful NHL logos "pop" on tin, the above examples and the 56SC are perhaps the best purely for logo display.
Note- Some Coleco games had logos in b/w. (1972 Spiegel page 374)

1971-72 Coleco's "Trophy Hockey" includes a small plastic triangle "ramp" behind the net, attached to the goalie rod, enabling the goalie to move side to
side to clear the puck to either d-man. Tudor's "Official Model" comes with "Goalie Sweep", allowing the goalie rod to clear the puck from behind the net. _Tudor patent)

1972 Coleco produces a boxed set of 10 NHL replica trophies. The Stanley Cup is even readably engraved.

1972 Many NA homes now include a recreation room and TH co.s focus on that + a number of playability improvements.

1972 Munro began producing the Worlds 1st full behind the net play gear driven games. NA slot games often suffered from board warpage.
Eagle and Coleco were especially vulnerable to warpage with larger boards and longer slots (Munro d-man slots could not play the puck behind the net previously).

1972 Munro's full size versions of "Bobby Orr Hockey" "Bobby Hull Hockey" and "Professional Hockey", are enlarged by 30% and the playing surface is reinforced.
The WTHA adopts these models as its official game (was Coleco models). The Orr game becomes the best selling game in Munro history. (2 links)

1972 Munro's fully endorsed by the WHA. Rare versions of the full size Hull include the only WHA flags. Bobby Hull, the face of the WHA, sells TH to new markets.

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1972 Munro's "Family Cup Hockey" is their 1st extra large recreation room game. "Tournament Hockey," "Prestige Hockey" and "Real Ice Hockey" quickly follow.
The games playing surface was described as a "rigid, expanded polystyrene surface that has a cold 3-dimensional effect of real ice" and "solid, one piece, durable, warp free
crystaline 3-dimensional playing surface." Known as the crystal ice game and the tournament Bobby Orr (Crystal ice games weren't endorsed).The WTHA adopted these games. (2 types of 3D figures and great faceoff image in links)

1972 Coleco's "Game Room Hockey" was an extra large recreation room game (games room). The side slot goalie was made with both left and right side variations.
From 1973-1988 it came with 3D players made from the old Eagle molds and reduced in size in the final years. The most modified game by players and collectors. (game with box) (click on 3 links/photos)

1972 Munro purchases Gotham's assets. Munro's 2nd 3D Crystal Ice players are Gotham moldings of 1963 (the 1st NA 3D) with longer sticks.
Gotham's 1963 white or red 3D teams included black tin stick blade covered figures for the magnetic puck but, are most remembered by their 1937 1 vs 1 players.

1972 Aristospel goes bankrupt. Canadian Crestas were made till 1958, K&Bs till 1957, USA gms till 1957?, German Crestas were still made? Very little is known about French, Swiss and UK "Crestas." Russia (Soviet Union region), with unique patent laws , developed their own cheaper versions and would go on to make numerous games (12 vintage types known, many more thought to have been made) and in recent years make more different types of TH games than any non NA nation. The...

Soviet Union region may have the least known TH history. (1/2) (scroll down) (3/4) (SU647000)
A US documentary included video of the CCCP team playing TH in 1969.
(scroll right, on right, HHOF Valery Kharlamov) (scroll way down)

Czechoslovakia region make at least 4 unique models each with variations. Impressive modifications include high glass (decreasing puck debris, delays and back aches). (scroll down, looks solid) (Jaromir Jagr endorsed Stiga)

1972 Stiga's "Pro Hockey Electric" is the 1st European model to include plastic glass (1968 model with updated box + glass). (click below photos, glass on box photo)

1972 The Canadian Magazine July 15 (newspaper supplement across Canada) has 3 pages, including the cover, depicting a Russia vs Canada TH game played by men representing the
2 nations + 6 large photos of modified Munro players in team Canada jerseys (Dryden, Orr, Park, B. Hull, Gilbert and P. Esposito). 16 members of team Canada endorse TH. Munro's 1972 "World Cup" has teams of Canada vs Russia with different Munro versions of the uniforms. (same overhead flags WHA/Hull game included actual Canada, USA flags, 2 of each)

1973 Macleans magazine November article about NHL/WHA teams player stats, include 34 apporoximately 2/3 scale b/w modified Munro tin players. Munro standard uniforms are used
for the NHL, WHA actual uniforms or team 2nd name used (except Quebec). Gordie Howe 45, Mark/Marty Howe 18 19 and a maskless Jaques Plante 44 (Quebec) are among the classics.

1973 Bobby Hull and Munro football endorser Joe Namath, play TH on a television commercial.

1973 Snoopy endorses Munro, selling TH to a, in part, new audience. 2 games are made, including a 3 vs 3 mini-game with under the board controls. The larger game
includes mini-players so, the smaller game with less players survive in better condition. Only the larger game includes goalies, Munro's only 2 sided (2 front side stickers).
Snoopy and Charlie Brown are goalies and skaters. Lucy and Patty are the 1st female TH figures.

1973 The Miniature Hockey League (MHL) are televised on Hockey Night in Canada.

1974 Samco of Birmingham, USA make "Champion Table Hockey", a 260 pound oak leg side control coin-op game. Chicago Coins, USA makes "Star Hockey". The flyers have interesting text. (2 links)

1974 WTHA player Cliff Whitehorn wins an Ontario Orr tournament, then travels across Canada west, setting up Munro sponsored tournaments as he goes. After a 2nd trip to
Vancouver, he settles there and helps organize a semi-regular Orr tournament which is held until 2014. Whitehorn had earlier introduced the lapsitting doubles technique.

1974 Weekend magazine (Cdn. national newspaper supplement) May 25, includes a 6 page, 4 color photos TH article with NA tournament contact info. (scroll down)

1974 Macleans magazine November issue article on Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero, includes a full page color photo of Shero "playing" TH. The most controversial TH image published. (Also controversial)

1975 Don Munro Jr., the last remaining member of the family, resigned as President (over 25 years) of both the Cdn. and USA co.s in mid 1971, remaining as a consultant until early 1975.

1975 Eatons department store sells Munro games again and continues to sell Coleco. Eatons 1975 catalog ad for "Bobby Orr Hockey" includes perhaps the best sales line ever.
"1,000 square inches of super-fast action"

1975 Feb.15/16 Grant Ainsley and Brian Carp, both 18, travel 2,000 miles from Edmonton, Canada to New York City USA, to be among the 120 singles and 52 doubles teams in the "1975 WTHA Singles and Doubles Open" (the final "TJ Rugg tournament"). Ainsley beats Carp in the singles final and they win the doubles earning $1700 of $3280 prize money. Several of the
best players seen in numerous magazines previously were there, along with a few of the old characters who played 1 last tournament, and some of the biggest names in TH, a few of which
are very active to this day, took part in for some their 1st tournament experience. Bob Stampleman (a former doubles finalist) was there and the event was 1 of the last to be covered in
ASH magazine. The Players Golden Era continued but, it was the end of an era. Singles players list includes; Mark Abkowitz, Grant Ainsley, Steven Bernstein, Tom Bruno, Brian Carp,
Michael Clarke, David Feinburg, David Goodman, Mark Heitel, Howard Hyman, Marcia Joyce, Rob Lamprey, Jerry March, Louis Marinoff, Ron Marsik, Bob Mitchell, Paul Mitchell, Dean Muench,
Steve Murri, Gary Parker, Debbie Quint, Rick Sorci, Beast Sorenson, Bob Tierney, Mike Wheeker.

1975 Goal magazine Vol II Issue 15 (painting of Jean Beliveau with cup on cover) includes the best Players Golden Era article known. 4 pages (2 color) with history.
B/W photos of Grant Ainsley/Mel Friedman (4 pages + another 1975 TH photo)

1975 March 22, Steve Murri of Troy, USA beats Ainsley in an epic semifinal in which both players scored in/outs in the same OT.
Murri goes on to win his 1st of consecutive "United States Opens" in Chicago, USA. 118 singles and 55 doubles teams play in 1975.

1975 Bockplast ads in giant German catalogs show the 1st date and evidence of Bockplast's behind the net goalie slot game "Champion Electric Hockey" and their large export co. success.
Note-Stiga had electric goal lights till 1978?, Bockplast till 1988? (NA co.s till 1968). (scroll down) -86 Sears p 478

1976 Chicago, USA pressurized air playing surface patent

1977 A game is patented in the UK then in Asia with a "3" d-man slot. (search GB2006626)

1977 Powerplay (little known) is the 1st NA modern slot coin-op game.

1977 Munro Games Ltd. and Inc. went bankrupt due to "overdiversification" said Don Munro. Bobby Orr Hockey was the co.s best selling model ever and going strong. What would have been had the co. focused more on TH and less on other products? They would have continued to supply games, some prize money, advertising and servicemen to some tournaments, continued with Orr/Hull then gone after the next biggest names Wayne Gretzky/Mario Lemieux. Munro's biggest foreign market had been Finland, soon Bockplast of Finland and
other co.s would fill the TH sales void in NA. (the co. still exists today).

1977 Oui magazine January edition includes an article by Christopher Cerf. The only Adult magazine TH article and the most controversial ever published.

1978 The Hockey News newspaper (known as "the hockey bible") June edition prints a photo of Burlington, Canada's Paul Tompkins, the caption reads
"King of Table Hockey." Tompkins, trophy in hand, is said to have won 5 straight tournaments. The Hockey News had TH game ads over the years but, no pre 2015 TH article known.
Tompkins was the only TH player ever seen in the hockey periodical to be seen in. Tompkins carried the elite player torch forwards but, the Players Golden Era was over all too quickly.

1978/79 Coleco's players now have holes in them, ginger bread cookie cutter like circles. Young kids often put holes in the heart of the player's NHL team logo, when applying the stickers, before ever playing TH (Irwin continued this practice). Coleco's new 21 NHL teams with several NHLers used as models are soon available. The collection of goalie face masks/helmets
include many based on known classics. (click on players) (#17 and 19)

1979 The WTHA and the 7 city tour folds. After Munro folded, changes were inevitable. (1 of Burlington's great players) (20+ More WTHA links) (Perhaps the WHTA folded later?)

Late 1970s Tandy Corp. of Barrie, Canada make mini-game "Radio Shack Ice Hockey". The players are battery powered push button top controlled. Bally's 1968 football game "World Cup" worked under the same principle. (1st link) (2nd link)

1980 Lou Marinoff of Montreal, Canada wins his 3rd straight "Canadian Table Hockey Championships" April 5. He aritculates insights to playing
the physically/mentally demanding, intense, condensed concentration, competition game of TH, in the classic article "Chess at 700 MPH."

1981 HHOFers Wayne Gretzky plays Vladislav Tretiak on a Coleco "Gamesroom" in a television commercial for Gillette. The Gretzky's had a "Gamesroom" in their Brantford, Canada home.
#2 on the NHLers playing Table Hockey top 50 moments list.

1981 The Edmonton Sun reports "More than 340 players took part in the tournament." The article's photo shows 2 members of the media playing a Coleco
SC S slot game, with large crowd present. Singles and doubles were played and the 340? was both combined? (January 23, Terrace Inn 4440 Calgary Trail).

1982 Innovative Concepts In Entertainment Inc. (Ice), of Buffalo, USA make "Chexx". Introducing the terms "bubble" or "dome hockey." Electronics keep score, time and
sound effects include national anthems. The coin-op game is well marketed and has great timing. USA vs Russia figures (1980 Olympic "miracle on ice") in the USA,
Cdn. vs Russia players in Canada (1981 Canada Cup final). "Chexx" wins a variety of arcade game awards and introduces/reintroduces TH to a new generation.
Thousands and thousands of people play TH for pocket change who would never have played otherwise. 1st advertised in Canada in 1982. (patent) (Lots of info/pix)

1982 Best of Seven Games Ltd. of Prince Albert, Canada, make "Tournament Table Hockey", aka the BO7 or BOS. With Munro parts no longer available, Bobby Orr league champion Rick Sproull makes a virtually maintenance free, coin-op Orr slot pattern game. Sproull then meets Grant Ainsley, who he learned of via 1970s articles and carries the elite players torch
across Canada. The BO7 and Chexx are placed in arcades, nightclubs, bars, hotels, other business's and homes. TH's contribution to heritage and culture are expanded. (1/2) (# search 1173871)

1982 Rick Benej of Brooklyn, USA produces "Table Hockey" aka the Benej game. A larger unique Coleco influenced game with an unusually small puck and forked slot goalie.
1 goalie is modeled after Jana Benej, the 1st female TH goalie figure. Benej helps organize players, leagues and tournaments.

1982 Fred Harland of Winnipeg, Canada player figure art work, appear in Goal magazine for the 1st of 4 times and is included in various other publications.
The best known TH painter. (1/2)$_57.JPG

1982 The 1st Swedish Championships includes "500 deltagare" (participants). The 1st tournament is played on Bockplast , Stiga would be used from 1983 on, in what would become
known as the Swedish Masters. The 1982 event includes Sven Tumba. Goran Agdur wins, then goes on to make countless television and media appearances and is later hired by Stiga.
Goran's infectious passion pay off (on "Play Off") and the eventual expansion of tournament play. Perhaps the best demonstration player, best promoter/player, and TH's 1st true Pro. (2 links) (111 photos!)

1983 The Swedish Championships includes "400 participants" (450 registered).

1983 Stiga's "Play Off" and "Pro Hockey Electronic" are the 1st "modern" Stiga games. Replaceable "ice" surface, a left winger which can go behind the opponents net,
the current 3D player design debuts and electric score/clock. (1987 Sears page 360) 1986 Cdn. Sears has best ad (larger same photos). (2nd link)

1984 The Swedish Championships includes "300 participants".

1984 Stiga's promotional video sets new standards in TH recording. Players shirts and background are black, replays, slo-motion etc., on a classic game with great players.

1986 Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Maurice Richard, Gordie Howe, Doug Harvey, Jean Beliveau and Bobby Hull (7 of 8 top NHLers of all time-The Hockey News) endorsed Table Hockey.
Mario Lemieux's smiling, in Sports Illustrated magazine 1986 March 3 edition, as he watches Craig Simpson play "Face Off" a "Chexx" like game.
Lemieux is pictured playing Stiga with his son in a Quebec, Canada newspaper years later.

1986 The University of Alberta Young Executives Club raised close to $10,000, for the Research and Training Centre for the Physically Disabled, through donations and entry fees to the "World Table Hockey Championships." According to 2 newspaper reports, of 800 prepaid $10 entry fees, 500 play qualifying rounds at the Butterdome. A couple of 100 are said to play the finals at the West Edmonton Mall Nov. 29. Ken beat brother Jim Rau winning a $5,000 computer system, Jim won a $2,500 travel voucher. The 1987 twin tournament sees Jim beat Ken in the final. Grant Ainsley makes his TH comeback finishing 3rd at both events, winning a $1,000 gift certificate in 1986. The elite players torch was also passed in the 1970s to the 5 TH playing Rau brothers (Fred Rau was part of the 1981 doubles winning team and Jim won the singles, Ainsley and Carp "swept" 2 then the Raus "swept" the 3rd of 3 known 1970s Edmonton events). The combination of the Mall, the Edmonton Oilers success, Charity, efforts of tournament organizer Blake Johnson and the University of Alberta + sponsors including Coleco (S slot), was the perfect storm for Giant tournaments.

1987 A national organization is set up in Sweden. SBHF- Svenska Bordshockey forbundet.

1987 Marie Bondestam wins the 1st womans Swedish national title.

1987 Winnipeg Free Press newspaper October 9 edition, includes a story on the Winnipeg Table Hockey League (WTHL). From 1971-1987 (with a few off years)
103 players compete in the Coleco S slot league. Commsissioner Cal Swerid is featured several times on CBC TV and league games were used for unique
CBC segments, including a tournament involving Winnipeg Jets/Blue Bombers (pro hockey/football) and Olympic athletes. Segments begin with the
CBC sports intro then "This week in Celebrity Table Hockey", and sees Tanya Dubnicoff beat Tie Domi in a memorable episode.

1987 Coleco files for bankruptcy in March, in June the doors were closed. (3 posts by writer)

1988 "Score On Tisch-Eishockey" of Germany, make under board control games including forked slot games, with balls and pucks. Best known by Glavin's game, under "ice" control TH is seen in Russia, 2 Munro-mini games (Junior/Snoopy) and Lithuania game. (watch 3 min in ) (site)
(DE3903862)) (4/5) (1 of 4 known Russian slot variations) (Lithuania). (see 1937)

1988 Tudor is purchased by Miggle Toys which stopped TH production? (2 posts by writer).

1988 Bockplast's last game "Pola 500" aka "Super Hockey" or "Ultimate Hockey", allowed both wingers to go behind the net. Tumba's role? is not known but, his trademarked non word "SPAPS" seen on his Alga players, was later used on Bockplast player stickers. After Stiga's 3D figure debut, Bockplast's 1st 3D figures were similar with longer sticks. Finland had been Munro's #1 foreign market, after Munro's departure, Bockplast (Finland) became the #1 TH importer to NA with 150,000 unit sales in the late 1970s (Bockplast was already well
established in Europe). In 1988 Stiga bought Bockplast, made their games for a few years (a 1992 UK Pola 500 ad is the last known) then discontinued their line. (1/2) (1988 Sears page 428)
(patent scroll up) (Bockplast were competed on in Hungary, marketed to Russian, German, English markets, etc.)

1988 Stiga includes Bords Hockey Bibeln, a 66 page booklet, with it's games. A history of Swedish TH is accompanied by 14 pages of playmaking strategy. (scroll down, bottom left photo)

1989 Stiga's "89 Hockey Game" is endorsed by the ice hockey World Championships. Players representing the countries taking part, have #s and player names on their backs.
Russia's "Green Unit", Makarov, Larionov, Krutov, Fetisov and Kasatonov with Mysjkin in goal, while Finland included Jari Kurri, Sweden Hakan Loob.

1989 Stockholm, Sweden hosts the 1st Stiga World Championships, won by Mikael Kratz of Sweden.

1989 Coleco's NHL license expires in December.

late 1980s MA Henry Ltd. of Dundas, Canada "Face off Hockey" mini-game, make some with gear and spring driven players on the same game.
MA Henry was originally owned by Milton Henry of the USA, who had also owned De Luxe Game Corp.

1990 Kevin Sports Toys Inc. of Calgary, Canada make "Wayne Gretzky's Overtime Hockey." The game takes 2 years and 3 million dollars to develop. Gretzky is paid twice the endorsement going rate. NHL and Gretzky's endorsement cost a minimum of $650,000 US annually, $3,000,000 (3 million) was paid to the NHL alone by 1995. Initial defects and malfunctions add to the financial burden. From 1991 on, the co. has financial difficulties and received an interest free government loan of nearly $1,000,000 (1 million), which was objected to by other Cdn. TH co.s. Though record sales were established, unrealistic? sales goals of 1 million units annually and enormous debts, results in repeated sales of the games assets.
Gretzky's games were the 1st to target both players and collectors, offer personalized player figures (names and #s of 1s choosing), make zambonines, make actual benches, make player stands (for off game display), make pucks with different logos for all NHL teams, include a 3D referee since the "Foster Hewitt Hockey Game", and perhaps the best clock since Stiga 1983. Opposing rods moving at different levels under the game allowed for new slot possibilities. The huge marketing machine and the NHLs expansion, exposed TH to a new generation. In 1999 Playtoy Industrie's of Toronto, Canada "Wayne Gretzky's All Star Hockey" was not endorsed by the NHL and the majority of assesories had long since been discontinued.
1999 was the last year for #99s game. The games instruction books included this quote "Table Hockey has always been a big part of my life.." Wayne Gretzky.

1990 The Calgary Table Hockey Championship at the Calgary Winter Festival has a reported 160 players.

1990 Remco Toys of NY, USA make 3 different games, including 2 with 12 different 3D players. 1 is endorsed by the World Wrestling Federation, another by Mutant Ninja Turtles.
TH is exposed to 2 new huge markets. (scroll down),wp16682

early 1990s $10,000 1st prize was awarded to the winner of a Coleco? tournament. The Ottawa Senators NHL sponsored event took place at the Corel Center. Then Cdn./NA
Benej champion Daniel Bordeleau was paid $500 to do TV/radio promotion and help some players in the duel tournament. Daniel Alfredsson was the Senators team champion.

1991 Stiga's "Eric Lindros Lightning Hockey" is endorsed by Lindros 18, before he plays a single game in the NHL.
He is the youngest endorser ever. TV Guide magazine writes about it. (scroll down)

1992 Nathalie Biais of France, wins the 1st Stiga World Championship for Woman. (interview)

1992 Stiga release a poster ad featuring 12 modified,painted figures representing 12 nations. Perhaps the best TH co.advertising piece to date.

1992 Guy Larochelle's of Quebec, Canada "Hockey Max" is the largest playable game till 2012, 6 by 9 feet.

1992 Wayne Gretzky's restaurant opens in Toronto, Canada with a 10 foot high 1957 Munro rotating TH player on the roof.
The player has been updated a few times.

1993 David Plouffe of Ontario, Canada writes a 194 page university thesis on hockey games and their place in Canadian heritage and culture.

1993 Irwin Toys Ltd. of Toronto, Canada earlier obtained Coleco's TH assests, now release "Top Corner." The push button knob "swivels" the figures stick (without turning the knob) which raises the puck. Like Gretzky's game, in the beginning Irwin sends customers faulty parts (rods) to replace faulty rods. The heavily marketed "gimmick" helps Irwin surpass 400,000 annual TH units sold in the late 1990s and captures the imagination of kids, if only briefly. The inventor is said to have been paid 50k by Irwin. (patent, 10 pages of multi sport images) (harder than it looks)

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1995 Slot games 100th Anniversary.

1995 Svenska Ishockeyspel En historia fran 1938 till 1995 (Swedish Table Hockey Games A history 1938-1995) a 124 page color hard cover book,
by Kenneth Ahlborn, is published in Sweden. The source of Swedish TH history (out of print).

1995 The Sports Network's (TSN) show That's Hockey, includes a segment where Bobby Orr plays hockey personality Jim Ralph on Top Corner.
The HHOF is host to the best staged game ever played? That's Hockey still uses the logo TH.

1995 Jacob Lindahl of Sweden, becomes the 1st man to win the Stiga World Championships twice. He wins 17 straight tournaments including 7 straight national titles. (interview 1) (interview 2)

1996 David Antonacci of Thornhill, Canada wins $10,000 in the Molson Table Top Hockey Tournament. Molson Breweries sponsors the tournament,
held at the Hot Stove Club at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. Dave Gagner and Kirk Muller are the known Toronto Maple Leafs who also played.

1996 Beckett Hockey magazine, December edition, includes an 8 page article on TH collecting, and some history. The quality of the 8 color photos is yet to be matched.
A toy magazine TH article printed earlier in the year leads to this article, giving insights into the growing popularity of TH collecting.

1996 Hasbro Inc. of Pawtucket, USA make "BASH Hockey" (Back Alley Street Hockey). The 4 vs 4 steel ball slot game includes electronics with sound effects. Nerf's marketing machine exposes more kids to TH. In the 1990s, several games are produced with roller/street hockey themes, including "Street Rebels Roller Hockey", an altered Wayne Gretzky game.

1996-97 Mastercard's 3D table hockey game billboard ad measures 40 by 60 feet with 3 foot high players. Originally displayed in downtown Toronto, Canada, it currently resides at the HHOF. Bobby Orr helped unveil a model of the sign. A slightly smaller sign was displayed in Montreal, Canada. (last 5 paragraphs)

1990s The NHLs Anaheim Mighty Ducks sell a mini-game "Mighty Ducks" through their gift shop. The game is endorsed by Disney.

1997 HHOF Mark Messier plays "Japenese pop sensation Ami Onuki" on Stiga during the Vancouver Canucks visit. The Province Oct. 6 includes a large color photo. THs promoted in Japan.

1997 Global News television, Toronto, Canada, show a segment with Don Munro Jr. and Cliff Whitehorn. 2 "Nail Game"s are included, 1 is played.
Global affiliates edit Munro and the "Nail Game" in action, out of the segment shown elsewhere in Canada.

1998 The 1,878 page book Total Hockey includes a 2 page "Complete History of the Most Realistic Mechanical Sports Game ever Devised",
with contributions from Don Munro Jr.

1998 Stiga alters their slot pattern eliminating the "free" pass between right defenceman and centerman. Stiga's current slot pattern.

1998 Stiga gains the NHLs endorsement making "Stanley Cup Hockey". The figures skate positioning varies from the European standard.
In 2002 the skate positioning is altered to be closer to the European standard.

1998 Irwin makes "Top Corner Hockey 3 in 1 Skills Competition". This mini-game is a target/practice game.

1998 Artizan of Markham, Canada make their 2nd version of "The Classic". $6,000 makes it the most expensive game to date. Later reported to cost up to $8,000

1998 Peel Heritage Complex of Brampton, Canada have an exhibition called "Table Hockey: A Canadian Game. The Greg Peden Collection of Table Hockey Games", that runs from October 1 to January 3, 1999. The exhibition is sponsored by Irwin and leads to "TableTop Hockey tips for kids" a 32 page booklet written by elite player Peden (included with most of Irwin's TH games). The booklet contains the best playmaking strategy and diagramed plays printed in NA. Peden makes 10 or more TV TH appearances and is said to have been hired by the
Ontario government to speak at various schools about TH. (booklet)

1998 Bud Lite's new advertising campaign "The Bubble Boys" includes talking Chexx players. Previously the Hanson Brothers, of the Slap Shot movies and WHA, starred in a
Chexx TV commercial for Bud Ice By 2002 Bud makes 18 TV Chexx commercials, the most popular includes "Radio Robert",
"had a shot so hard you could hear but could not see, hence the nickname Radio" ( a Munro player in Montreal uniform). In 1999 the campaign includes a national tournament.
In 2000, Wayne Gretzky is added, featured in some TV commercials and promotional items. The 2000 tournament champions face off vs Gretzky and NHL referee Paul Stewart.
In 2001 and 2002 Phil Esposito replaces Paul Stewart. NHL coach Barry Melrose also played. (2/3)

1998 HNIC NYR at MLG December 19, Wayne Gretzky's last game at Maple Leaf Gardens, during a timeout, Gretzky's son Tie is shown playing an Irwin PP? game with NHL logos.

1999 Rick Benej's 2nd game "Pro" is a larger game allowing all figures to move into any zone. Long slots create interesting artistic picture possibilities but is challenging if not awkward
to play. One winger can not always spin freely as it hits the boards. The players now have a "lip" allowing them to raise the puck. (game now updated)

1999 Play Puck-Sport International, of Switzerland make coin-op game "Play Puck". A mix of NA and European TH influence.

2000 NHL All Star Fanfest in Toronto included many Irwin PPIIs on display and ready to play. The event was attended by over 100,000 people?

2000 Toy Shop newspaper February 11 edition publishes a 2 part TH collecting article. The part by Steve Giannangelo, with price guide, is reprinted in
The Canadian Sport Collector magazine July 2000 edition, then again in Sport Card & Memorabilia Fall Expo 2000 magazine/program, November edition.

2000 Pepsi's 2 1/2 by 11 1/2 foot Bus ad is filled with a Munro circa 1970 "Pro League" game. The ad literally travels all over Canada, including a 2nd version in french for Quebec.

2001 The 7th Stiga World Championships are filmed by Folklore Films for a planned 1 hour documentary for CTV television (Table Hockey The Movie). An excerpt on the internet
consists of the Swedish national team "trash talking" NA, in particular Cdn. players. Folklore Films preorchestrated hype results in a move towards Stiga play by some NA players.

2001 The cover of the Wall Street Journal newspaper, April 9 edition, covers an Ontario, Canada tournament in depth.

2001 An Ontario, Canada co. produce "NHL Ice FX". The slots are under the playing surface, air/magnet powered players move on a Stiga like configuarion.
Costing 1/2 a million $s to produce with mixed results. The National Post newspaper, December 18 edition, features the game on the cover. The game was upgraded in 2002.

2002 Time-Tuff mfg. co. of Colts Neck, USA 2nd version of "Men of Steel Hockey" (MOSH) is smaller than the 1st.

2002 Cooper Recreation Products of Toronto, Canada make "Gold Medal". Figures in Cdn. and USA national uniforms recreate the 2002 Olympic gold medal match.
The game is endorsed by former NHL coach and current HNIC color man Don Cherry. The Cooper name is owned by Irwin.
The game is sold exclusively through Sears who, devote the entire cover of a store flyer to the game in November.

2002 The Rhino Brothers film includes TH in the movie and on the film poster. (click on poster, note photo below)

2002 November 25, "TH a Timeline History" 1st draft is completed. November 30, 2012 it is posted on the internet as part of THe book.

2003 BOS players drive over 1300 miles from Saskatoon, Canada to Lemont, USA., carrying 11 200 pound games.
Perhaps the largest effort ever made to hold an event.

2004 A Stiga like game "All Star Hockey" dating back to at least 2002, makes "Springfield All Star Hockey". 12 different figures representing 12 characters from
The Simpsons animated show are included. The most popular animated show in history endorses and exposes TH to a new audience, though it's quite rare and
therefore believed to have been a short production run. Note-figures include curved sticks.

2005 Stiga Boston Challenge USA promoters, edit goal replays in slow motion and show different angles, in the best example of a tournament game video known.

2005 Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Shoots and Scores (book) includes a 3 page history on TH.

2005 AJ Sarma of California, USA develops the only known custom puck dropper. The see through overhead allows players to anticipate and time the draw.
Perhaps the best faceoff device ever debuts in Las Vegas 2006.

2006 Stiga Las Vegas, USA tournament's 43 players including 7 Euros, are all travelers. A decade later, the now annual event continues to rely almost exclusively on travelers.
An unprecedented achievement by promoters Eric Krol and Jim Rzonca. (1/2)

2006 TH player Carlo Bossio plays NHL goalie Martin Brodeur, who becomes just 1 of the NHLers to play and purchase a modified Coleco S slot game ("Carleco").
Bossio makes several promotional efforts in Quebec, Canada and carries the elite players torch forwards to this day.

2007 Stiga becomes the 1st co. to make games for 50 years. An anniversary edition game is made to mark the occasion. (Swedish history)

2008 Bodycheck of Kaslo, Canada patents the best automatic puck dropper. See through goalies eliminate blind spots. (several videos including perhaps the best promotional video) (search CA2641735)

2008 Mark Metzel of Chicago, USA makes "Top Shelf Hockey". The 1 of MOSH like game includes an "Action Goalie", which can make a butterfly save.
A 1963 US image shows a similar concept.
1996? "Real Hockey" of Sweden? includes a stationary? catching glove in a side control game. (1/2) Metzel's modification masterpiece. More custom games; (1/2) (keep clicking play) (Riga, Latvia game, old architecture vs new. Uniquely original! 10 photos)

2010 The Winter Oympic Games closing ceromonies in Vancouver Februrary 28, include giant TH figures modeled after the Eagle 1963 tan/yellow stick players and a TH game.
TH is on the world stage, seen by millions and millions of viewers. (scroll down)

2011 Sid Kloosterman's, of Peterborough, Canada, 5 hole goalies are 1st produced and available on his custom games. His V goalies
from 2011. (writeup below video). (custom games) (see 2008)

2011 The World TH Championships (Stiga) in Turku, Finland June 10-12, sees Oleg Dmitrichenko become the 1st Russian World Champion, after he defeats 2 time defending champion Roni Nuttunen of Finland. In a culture where gifted athletes, artists, chess players etc, have unique opportunity to get ahead in life, TH has become a professional sport. $15,000 prize money in 1 tournament ($7,500? to the winner) was awarded a couple of years earlier. Stiga players from several nations carry the elite players torch forwards, especially Russia, Latvia and Finland. Russia starts the new Players Golden Era. (Russian coverage reveals THs current stature). Stiga videos are setting the
TH standard for helping players learn. (11 seconds) (1 min.) (includes the easiest, most effective practice net set up for any TH game, 7 min.)

2011 Buffalo, USA (home of ICE/Chexx aka "Super Chexx") hosts the largest Chexx tournament ever with 120 singles players, 52 doubles teams and a reported "some $20,000 in prize money" December 27,28. Kenny DuBois and Al Cousineau of Lowell, USA win the doubles. DuBois carries the elite players torch as a multi game player. November 13, 2011 Tonawanda,
USA hosts a $5,000 ($2,500 1st prize) Molson Canadian sponsored event. March 31, 2012 Hershey, USA hosts a Labatt AHL sponsored event (custom new Super Chexx game 1st prize).
The Bubble Boys campaign of 10 years ago, eventually lead to todays large venue, well sponsored, organized players USA events. Jeremy Davis currently carries the elite Chexx players
torch forwards. (1/2) (This final is held at center ice during an AHL game, the bubble boys past events did
the same in other cities, exposing TH to 10s of 1,000s of spectators.) The Ultimate Bubble Hockey Players Guide increases knowledge.
Chexx's success is due in large part to being perhaps the best photo opportunity TH game ever.

2012 Photos of 1 of the worlds most popular entertainers, Justin Bieber playing TH, are seen around the world, exposing the game to a huge audience.

2012 The Canadian TH Championships are held in Toronto, Canada's Ricoh Coliseum April 7. Powerplay II games are used and despite game producer Irwin Toys temporarily not producing the games, tournament organizer/promoter Mark Sokolski of Petawawa has the largest Canadian tournament in over 20 years with 120 players (2011 Buffalo Chexx tournament was the largest in the USA in over 35 years?). He raises over $500 for the Big Brothers and Sisters of Toronto. The tournament is held during a Toronto Marlies AHL game attended by 8,000 people, exposing the game to future players. Sokolski teamed with Irwin years earlier getting OTHA promotional flyers inserted with Irwin's games. Dave Kraeling, of Mississauga, Canada wins his 2nd straight title, he too carries the elite players torch forwards. (2 links)

2012 Ron Marsik wins the Munro BBQ in Mississauga, Canada 35 years after his last Munro tournament win. He carries the elite players torch in a record 5 Cdn. provinces and 6 U.S. states. (Textbook examples of the RD shot/pass center tip 3:50 and LW to center low tip 4:25 from the deciding game).

2012? Companies with marketing experts like, Coke, Pepsi, Molsons, Labatts, Anheuser Busch, Air Canada, Esso, Good Year, Mastercard, Gillete, Tide, and Tim Hortons,
have used TH in advertising, to make the masses associate feeling good to their product. Holsten Pilsener produce a beer cooler 4 vs 4 figure Stigaish game, with
perhaps the most astute use of association in TH advertising ever.

2012 IIHF World Jrs. in Ufa, Russia includes a Skoda game with players modeled after Daniel Alfredsson. The largest playable game to date. (1/2)

2012? Russian games celebrating the 2014 Sochi Olympics include unique slot patterns, 1 red net, 1 blue (not uncommon in the region).

2013 Edmonton, Canadal airport display 3 unique carousels including TH. Kelowna, Canada airport has a large TH game too. (scroll down) (Eagle)

2013 Guinness World Record in TH is set in Vancouver, Canada of playing for 30hrs.

2013 SoHO, NY, USA elite torch carrying promoter John Fayolle hosts the 1st known 2 game/2 tournament event with the 2 games of the players golden era (Coleco /Munro).
2015 Finals between Carlo Bossio and Sam Anoussis, includes the highest level of competition moments recorded at a NA event?

2015 The Riga Cup (Latvia) includes 232 players, the 2012 Moscow Cup (Russia) 234 players. The largest events since the 1991 Swedish Masters 236. (1/2)

2015 Jules Morin Park, Ottawa, Canada adds TH figures atop street light poles.

2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto, Canada includes a Chexx game. Connor McDavid is recorded playing on 2 occasions, in 6 games. The action is called "Intense", "Spirited Contest".
At least 10 photos + 3 videos are circulated. (Page 3 top 2 posts)

2015 Toronto, Canada, CDN. Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays Wayne Gretzky. The election campaign publicity stunt makes major newsprint coast to coast and beyond. Like many politicians before him, the PM realizes THs Power of Association. The most publicized TH event ever? Elite torch carrying promoter Mark Sokolski promotes a Peterborough, Canada event, while showing respect to TH history. Billy Reay ushered in the referee jersey TH tradition in the Star Weekly Feb. 12, 1966 Hull/Mikita TH coup, 50 years earlier. (2nd link 1 min. in) (2 links)

2012-15 Connor McDavid, The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Bieber and Wayne Gretzky illustrate... TH is; both, part of our heritage and fresh pop culture.

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Revised Readers Guide;
Some related stationary games added but, THE PRIMARY FOCUS "END CONTROLLED SLOT GAME ORIGINS & DEVELOPMENT" is further emphasized. The "!" "x" till 1950, reflect this.
1895-1938 (+ 1955 Biggs) All patents include summaries! (4 removed).
1971 Table Hockey's Greatest (links added)
2003-2016 20 of 28 entries are new and
Many More updates included throughout.
2012-2015 "Connor McDavid..." Great new entry

Auction Links;
entry 1955 "Northwestern Products Co..." information added +2nd 1955 link. Also see auction list 1 post up, 1st section.
The 2nd slot hockey game made in the USA (see entry !1927 "John D Glavin...") Poosh-M-Up is known by several 1955-1957 catalog ads. (p.4)
1st known color photo of people playing TH. Prototype game/players. Player figure teams on 1 side of board, a Coleco TV commercial had a great close up angle of an opposing figure scoring, which was the goalies actual defenceman. The 2 children's shirts blend in with the game, must see TV entry 1984 "Stiga's promotional video set new standards in TH recording."
see entry !1938 "Aristospel..." perhaps this information is more accurate? (1995 "Svenska Ishockeyspel..." dates Puck 2 as 1940).
Puck 2 added pieces of wood to eliminate dead spots. Pucks 1 and 2 are rare, especially 1, these are the best photos known of either.
"Aristo . football , 1950s . Wire and spring guide . Frame in wood, plastic players with articulated arms , a number of arms missing , loose arm and the ball included , tray marked ' Aristo football ' . 71 x 42 cm ." see entry !1920 "Edwin and Francis..." (scroll down) "1950s or 60s"
see entry 1936 "Max & Jentzsch..." 15 3 vs 3 coin-op games known.
see updated entry "Early 1950s Aristospel variations spread..."
see entry 1988 "Stiga includes.."
see entry 1960 "Eagle's National..."
Munro 1967 ad illustrates the multi layered NHL (Pro Players) marketing strategy. 2 years later multi player endorsed games begin (see entry 1969 "Tudor makes..."). Well positioned to play the game, NHL star Bobby Hull and the TH figures seemingly become real NHL stars (with NHL logos). NHL stars play/endorse the game and you too can be a star, exactly like the NHL stars in action who too are 1 with you. The association process was well under way in recent years. Interestingly a dealer ad. Good view of the dropper, see entries 1966 "Munro make the..." and 2005 "AJ Sarma..."
(see entries, 1972 "Munro's Family Cup Hockey..." 1972 "Munro's fully endorsed by the WHA..." and 1975 "Eatons..." (Pro. version of Orr).
see entry, 1969 "Coleco's official..."
see Coleco entries 1970s

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1937 entry added w/5 links. Some removed auction links added to entries. Auction list updated. 1988 patent link updated. 2 German links; (1/2)

German? 7 vs 7 side slot. Same co. made a similar stationary game. (German hockey games often have figures with hats). (1/2) (2/2)

Unknown referee variation, nicest known slot Gotham ad;

2nd known color photo of people playing TH. (see entry 1955 "Northwestern...")
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