Table Hockey is played mostly in countries and regions familiar with ice hockey, such as Canada/US, Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. Europeans favor the Stiga board, and have their own leagues and championships. North Americans play on a variety of boards -- Coleco, Irwin, Munro, Benej, Chexx, Stiga, and more. In North America, the Coleco Classic model #5380 and its direct descendants have been a board of choice for organized league and tournament play for more than 40 years, since the early 1970s.
The strongest concentrations of top classic players are also in the historic "hotbed" cities of hockey: especially the "original six" NHL cities and their surrounding areas: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, New York, and Toronto.
Munro sponsored table hockey tournaments in these six cities back in the 1970s, and a few players who are still active today (like Ron Marsik and Lou Marinoff) played in several of them.
The NTHL's sanctioned events in its "Master's Series" also take place in original six cities, and in other major hockey cities such as Quebec. Past NTHL events have also unfolded in Gatineau, Saint-Hyacinthe and Sherbrooke.
As with the NHL, the NTHL's dominant players come from Quebec and Ontario, with many other strong players from the US eastern seaboard, the mid-west, the prairie provinces, and the west coast. Montreal has historically enjoyed the strongest concentration of top classic players. In the 2013-14 season, the top five players were all either born or raised in Montreal, and the top four still live there. YouTube houses tables hockey videos galore, including some of the hottest NTHL contests of 2013-14. You can see them here: [link to SOHO]. If you want to see classic table hockey played live, at the highest levels, just come out to any NTHL event. We do not charge admission.
If you want to play organized table hockey and want to join or start a league, just send an email to our contacts (see bottom of page). We will try to help you get into the sport, wherever you are. The NTHL encourages classic table hockey leagues wherever they spring up.
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