Table Hockey History!

Here is a picture of the first Stiga Table Hockey Game.
The game is the first model ever made by Tran峭based company Stiga. Up until this milestone year of table hockey history, the Swedish market was monopolized by Aristospel, makers of the highly popular Puck games. The arrival of Stiga put an end to Aristospel's years on the throne though as the company gradually was outpowered by Stiga and eventually folded. In 1957, the Swedish National Hockey Team had celebrated their first World Championship gold and the hockey interest was high. This and the marketing and logistic powers of Stiga made their initial table hockey game effort a success and a dynasty was born. This game was only produced in 1957 as the first version of Stiga's Tumba Hockey replaced it in 1958. Other versions would follow until Stiga eventually revolutioned the game with three-dimensional players in 1968. The rest is history.

Here is where the NHL game started.

This is a picture of the Prototype NHL Stiga game (1997).
The game was a true "cut and paste" model. The NHL dasher logos and side decals were cut from paper and pasted on.
Notice the number of logos on the dasher boards.
The hand painted teams look to be all left handed players?
Courtesy of Stiga USA "Bill Parker".

And then there was ONE.
  • The Stiga NHL "Stanley Cup" game was licensed by the NHL in November of 1998.

  • In the 1998-1999 NHL season, there were 27 NHL teams.

  • If you count 26 NHL Team Logos on your Stiga. You have a rare 1998-1999 "First Run" version.

  • Stiga had left off the "Nashville Predators"!

  • When Stiga was informed of the mistake, they produced a small number of the "Nashville version" with the Nashville Predators logo added.

  • If you count 27 NHL Team Logos you have a "Very" rare "Nashville version" Stiga.

  • If you count 30 NHL Team Logos you have the current "1999-2xxx" version Stiga.

  • The current version even has the two expansion team logos, The Blue Jackets and The Minisota Wild.

  • These unique mistakes make the"First Run" and the "Nashville version" completely different from all future games.

  • This is the kind of mistake that makes an instant "collectable"

  • Above is a partial picture of the "First Run" 1998-1999 with 26 dasher logos.

    Above is a partial picture of the "Nashville Version" with 27 dasher logos.

    Above is the "NEW" Stiga that has all 30 NHL Team Logos.

    • As you can see, there are three uniquely different Stiga NHL Stanley Cup games.

    Hold Still!


    Jeff sent me these suction cups (Nicole; PO Box 846; Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054) to try on my Stiga. Thanks!!!
    You will have to drill a hole in the post to accommodate the Stiga leg shaft.
    I can only say "Get these suction cups if you have a soomth table surface."
    You will not believe how good they work! You will probably pop the legs off the game before the game will move on the table!

    Hold Still... 2!


    I have tried rubberized shelf mats to hold the Stiga game secure on tables that can not use the suction cups.
    The 4 inch square pads work pretty good but...
    I purchased this tool box mat from Harbor Freight tools (SUPER TOOLMATE NON-SLIP PAD ITEM 33555-2VGA) it's perfect... and cheap!
    Just place it under the Stiga rubber feet and your done
    If you don't have a smooth table to play on try this stuff. It is great.

    Stop the "In and out" goals.


    Here is a photo of a REAL hockey net for the Stiga!

    In the "old days" we would cut the back out of the Coleco net then sew one of mom's hair nets in place
    I made these nets with some brass welding rods and netting from a beach shell bag.
    They help... they do not stop the in and outs completely.

    Keep the rod holes like new.


    Here is how I eliminated the rod hole wear problem on my Stiga.
    The brass eyelets are glued into place using Loctite Plastix # 82565. The eyelets are about $2.00 per 100 at the local Mart stores. I don't remember where I got the Loctite Plastix (glue). The stuff is great. It has an activator and bonder but you don't have to mix it. I figure about $.38 per game for 8 eyelets with the glue.(+/-) You don't even have to remove the rods to do this. Just pull the black knobs off and clean the eyelet and rod hole with the activator and apply a TINY amount of the bonder to the edge of the eyeley and slide into place. Don't get the bonder on the rod or your fingers! I only put the eyelets on the 4 middle rods at each end. The goalie and right wing have too much of an angle to use the eyelets. Try it and let me know what you think.

    I have been told the quick setting epoxy glue works better at holding the eyelets in place.

    Table Hockey Pictures!
    Email me your favorite Table Hockey Pictures and I will add them here!
    I have collected these pictures for educational and historical purposes only.
    I will remove any picture if ask by the photographer!

    Here are some Great pictures from "Ulf Fredholm". A Stiga player for many years!, Thanks Ulf...
    First is me and my first game, I was 5 years. The name of the game was Aristo, first released in the late thirties, but this is a game from the mid fifties and the goalie was wearing a cap.
    Second is the front cover of "The official Stiga Table Hockey Bible" printed in 1988 which includes history, testamonials, rules, hints etc.


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