Winnipeg Table Hockey League

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Winnipeg Table Hockey League
Winnipeg Table Hockey League logo.png
CityWinnipeg, Canada
Founded1989
Home arenaWTHL Place
Colours                   
PresidentSal Capizzi
Affiliate(s)ITHF table hockey Canadian Table Hockey Association
WebsiteOfficial website

The Winnipeg Table Hockey League (WTHL) is a non-profit league of table hockey players located in Winnipeg, Canada and surrounding areas and is committed to the advancement of the sport of table hockey.[1] The WTHL's love of Table hockey games was born through many years of play that allowed the players to practice their timing, speed, rhythm, fine motor skills, concentration and hand-eye coordination all while displaying good sportsmanship throughout their tournaments.[2] The Winnipeg Table Hockey League (WTHL) is 1 of 19 table hockey leagues in Canada that belong to the Canadian Table Hockey Association (CTHA) at the National level.[3] The Winnipeg Table Hockey League (WTHL) is also 1 of 622 table hockey leagues in the world that belong to the International Table Hockey Federation (ITHF) at the International level, an organization that currently keeps track and the ranking of more than 11,000 players from around the world.[4] The International Table Hockey Federation (ITHF) holds the Table Hockey World Championships every 2 year with the latest being held in 2019 in Raubichi, Belarus .[5]

About the WTHL[edit]

Games are played on a variety of models. On January 1989, the six founding players – Sal Capizzi, Tony Capizzi, Mike Capizzi, Antonio Capizzi, Brian Clement and Zachary Mesman – formed the Winnipeg Table Hockey League, following years of exhibition table hockey matches in Winnipeg. Sal Capizzi was elected president and the six founding players remain in the league today.[6][7] To avoid judging a players ability solely on one or two key games, the league combines the results of all the tournaments played. Since teams can play a different number of games, the winning percentage is used.[8] The league has grown to have 40 different players who have participated at one time or another. To increase variety in their games, the league has used 36 different models over the years. This is intended to make tournaments more interesting and increase the chance of upset victories as many players are best at one specific game. In 2019 the Winnipeg Table Hockey League celebrated their 30th season.[9]

Game[edit]

Various models of the game are used. Current models include Coleco, Super Chexx, Benej[10], Munro, Carleco[11], SoHo[12], Stiga[13], Aristospel, Irwin Power Play 2[14], NHL Ice FX, Gretzky's Overtime, Cresta, Perma and Eagle.

Rules[edit]

WTHL Rules.

Season Structure[edit]

The Winnipeg Table Hockey League season runs from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. During the season, several tour dates and tournaments are scheduled throughout the year. Ties can occur during the round robin play of each tournament but sudden death overtime is used to determine a winner in the playoff rounds. Wins and ties are accumulated and each player earns a winning percentage for the season. Since not all the teams play the same number of games, the champion and winner of the WTHL Cup is determined by the player who has the highest winning percentage at the end of the season.[15]

League Records[edit]

The Winnipeg Table Hockey League has 10 records that it keeps track of. The list includes: Best Winning Pct., Season Best Winning Pct., Season Longest Winning Streak Longest Undefeated Streak Longest Losing Streak Longest Winless Streak Best Goals Against Avg., Season Best Goals For Avg, Season Most Goals, One Team, One Game Most Goals, Both Teams, One Game.[16]

Events[edit]

WTHL Challenge Cup[edit]

Each year the Winnipeg Table Hockey League with assistance of their sponsors try to do their small part in the fight against cancer and put on the annual WTHL Challenge Cup tournament with 100% of the proceeds going towards Manitoba CancerCare.[17][18][19]

WTHL Stadium Series[edit]

Each year the Winnipeg Table Hockey League with assistance of their sponsors put on the annual WTHL Stadium Series games.[20]

WTHL Winter Classic[edit]

Each year the Winnipeg Table Hockey League with assistance of their sponsors put on the annual WTHL Winter Classic game.[21]

WTHL Heritage Classic[edit]

Each year the Winnipeg Table Hockey League with assistance of their sponsors put on the annual WTHL Heritage Classic game where (2) players faceoff on a classic vintage table hockey game.[22]

WTHL All Star Game[edit]

Each year the Winnipeg Table Hockey League puts on the annual WTHL All Star game which pits players from the Eastern Conference to team up and play against members from the Western Conference.[23]

WTHL 30th Classic[edit]

In 2019, the Winnipeg Table Hockey League celebrated their 30th year by reliving the WTHL opening game from 1989.[24]

30th Anniversary Classic[edit]

In 2019, the Winnipeg Table Hockey League celebrated their 30th year with a day-long 30th Anniversary celebration.[25]

Rogers Hometown Hockey[edit]

In 2019, the WTHL was invited by Rogers Hometown Hockey to participate in Hockey day in Steinbach, Manitoba.[26]

WTHL Awards[edit]

The most prestigious award of the Winnipeg Table Hockey League is the WTHL Cup, which is awarded to the player at the end of the season. The player that has the highest percentage points at the end season is awarded the WTHL Cup. Six other awards are also awarded for play during the regular season.[27] Awards are won for:

  • The regular season champion of the Western Conference.
  • The regular season champion of the Eastern Conference.
  • The player with the highest goals per game for the season.
  • The player with the lowest goals against average for the season.
  • The player with the highest percentage increase from the previous season.
  • A player who has played 1000 games in the WTHL.

The WTHL Challenge Cup is an annual tournament put on by the Winnipeg Table Hockey League. Each year the Winnipeg Table Hockey League with assistance of their sponsors try to do their small part in the fight against cancer and put on the annual tournament with 100% of the proceeds going towards CancerCare Manitoba.

Sponsors[edit]

Budweiser is the league’s official sponsor of their annual tournament, the WTHL Challenge Cup. Wooter Apparel is the league’s official sponsor of the annual WTHL Winter Classic game. Ticketmaster Custom Tickets is the league’s official sponsor of the annual WTHL Stadium Series games. Pro Hockey Life is the league’s official sponsor of the annual WTHL Heritage Classic game. GoodLife Fitness is the league’s official sponsor of the annual WTHL All Star game. Irwin Toy was the official sponsor of the WTHL 30 Classic.

Growing the Game[edit]

The WTHL is introducing the game of table hockey to a new generation and helping set up table hockey clubs in schools to help them with all the benefits from learning the game.[28] The Physical and Health Educators of Manitoba (PHE) which is affiliated with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS) has had the WTHL put on workshops (Table Hockey Anyone?) for its members to educate.[29]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Table hockey!". Winnipeg. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  9. ^ "WTHL 30th Anniversary Classic". winnipegtablehockeyleague.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  10. ^ "TableHockey, Benej built Table Hockey Games for true sports enthusiasts, made in the USA". www.tablehockey.com. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  11. ^ "BIENVENUE / WELCOME". TABLE HOCKEY WORLD MASTERS SERIES. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
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  14. ^ "Power Play Hockey". Irwin Toy. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
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  16. ^ "League Records". winnipegtablehockeyleague.com. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  17. ^ Birnie, Sheldon (2015-03-31). "Leaving it all on the table". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  18. ^ "Table hockey tourney raising funds for CancerCare". Winnipeg Sun. 2015-03-15. Retrieved 2018-08-05.
  19. ^ Winnipeg Table Hockey League celebrates 30 years, retrieved 2019-05-05
  20. ^ "WTHL Stadium Series". WTHL. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  21. ^ "WTHL Winter Classic". WTHL. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  22. ^ "WTHL Heritage Classic". winnipegtablehockeyleague.com. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  23. ^ "WTHL All Star Game". WTHL. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  24. ^ "WTHL 30th Classic". WTHL. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  25. ^ "WTHL 30th Anniversary Classic". WTHL. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  26. ^ Hometown Hockey comes to Steinbach, retrieved 2019-05-05
  27. ^ "Awards". WTHL. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Robertson School". www.winnipegsd.ca. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  29. ^ "PHE MB PD DAY 2018". The Manitoba Teachers' Society. 2017-01-09. Retrieved 2019-05-05.

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