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 Jim Rzonca

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U.S. Open 2019 date announced

  • This year's Stiga U.S. Open will take place on Saturday, July 27 at the Lemont VFW.

    The Stiga U.S. Open in Lemont will get the "Stiga North American Championships" designation on the upcoming 2019-20 International Table Hockey Federation World Tour. What does this mean? It means the tournament will get additional ranking system points. For years, the Detroit tournament was awarded this designation. A couple years ago, the USTHA and CTHA agreed that this designation should rotate between the two countries. Last year, the Edmonton tournament had the special "SNAC" designation. This year, it's the U.S. Open in suburban Chicago. Next year, it will be a Canadian tournament chosen by the CTHA. The U.S. Open will take place on Saturday, July 27.

    If you're interested in more information and updates, you can head to the tournament Facebook page HERE.

    Call it a comeback: Shabi wins 2018 Stiga U.S. Open

    Paul Shabi of Fraser, MI won this year's tournament. He defeated Kevin Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA in the finals 4-2. Shabi won the event in 2012 when he was 16. He started playing table hockey again earlier this year, and this was his second tournament back. Stats, photos and video to come.

    2018 Stiga U.S. Open Details

    We'll be back at it on Saturday, July 21. It's the Stiga U.S. Open 2018 edition. Jim and I will post more details and update the player list in the weeks ahead. The tournament once again will be held at the Lemont VFW.

    We'll also be posting updates on the tournament Facebook page, which is HERE.

    Roman reigns at 2017 U.S. Open

    Roman Nezhyba of Laguna Hills, CA by way of the Czech Republic won the 2017 Stiga U.S. Open. He defeated Buster Barton of Byron, IL in the finals. Eric Krol of Homer Glen, IL was third. The B group was won by David Wright of Hookstown, PA.

    2017 U.S. Open date announced

    The Stiga U.S. Open will be held on Saturday, July 22 at the Lemont VFW. More details to come. (There will be no Coleco tournament this year.

    Free raffle of two Stiga Playoff games...and every player will get a free team pack and 3-puck pack courtesy of STIGA AMERICA.

    2016 Stiga U.S. Open champion

    Congrats to Karl Jonsson of Sweden, who won this year's Stiga U.S. Open 4-0 over Bernie Kunzler of Canada in the finals. Roman Nezhyba of Laguna Hills, CA was third over Buster Barton of Byron, IL.

    Marinoff, Davis are the 2015 Coleco, Stiga U.S. Open champions

    Congrats to Lou Marinoff, who won this year's Coleco U.S. Open and to Eric Davis, who won this year's Stiga U.S. Open over the weekend. Results and photos and video to come.

    Eric Davis hoists his hardware.

    Dr. Lou Marinoff smiling after his big win.

    Registration now open for 2015 Coleco, Stiga U.S. Open Weekend

    We're pleased to announce that registration is now open for the big table hockey weekend in Chicago. The Coleco U.S. Open tournament will be held on Friday, July 24 at 4 p.m. The Stiga U.S. Open tournament will be held on Saturday, July 25 at 9:30 a.m.

    Both events will take place at the Lemont VFW in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. More details to come, but we wanted to give everyone notice so you can save the date. Table Hockey Heaven discussion thread with up-to-date news: CLICK HERE

    Stefaniszyn, Kraehling are Stiga, Coleco U.S. Open Champs

    Reggie Stefaniszyn of Edmonton won the 2014 Stiga U.S. Open over Eric Davis of Byron, IL in the finals. Dave Kraehling of the Toronto area won the 2014 Coleco U.S. Open over Dr. Lou Marinoff of Monroe, NY in the finals. Thanks to everyone who came and we'll see ya again next year!

    U.S. Open Weekend 2014 dates announced

    Hey everyone. The Coleco U.S. Open tournament will be held on Friday, July 18 at 4 p.m. The Stiga U.S. Open tournament will be held on Saturday, July 19 at 9:30 a.m.

    Both events will take place at the Lemont VFW in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. More details to come, but we wanted to give everyone notice so you can save the date. Table Hockey Heaven discussion thread with up-to-date news: CLICK HERE

    Congrats to 2013 Stiga, Coleco U.S. Open winners

    Bjarne Axelsen won the Stiga U.S. Open for the third time on Saturday and Jim Rzonca won back-to-back Coleco U.S. Open titles on Friday night. Many playoff matches were streamed live on the web Saturday, including the finals. Thank you to everyone who played, and thank you to Stiga America for the donated Playoff game that was raffled off and the team packs for the players. Some photos are posted HERE.

    The 2013 U.S. Open weekend will take place on July 19-20 in Lemont, IL. There will be a Coleco tournament on Friday late afternoon and a Stiga event on Saturday. New this year: Both events will take place at the VFW hall in Lemont. Registration is now open. You can click HERE to register. And click on the Info and Amenities and Accommodations links at the top for information on schedules and food and hotel options.

    If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Eric at ericakrol@gmail.com. And Jim Rzonca can be reached at (630) 257-8171 or rzo_77@yahoo.com.

    This tournament is sanctioned by the United States Table Hockey Association and the Canadian Table Hockey Assocation. The tournament once again is scheduled to be part of the World Table Hockey Tour

    Rules ~ International Table Hockey Federation Rules apply featuring International Playoff-style Stiga player figures.

    Professional Stiga set-ups ~ Top condition Stiga games mounted rock solid on banquet tables 32.5 inches from center rod to the floor. All Stiga games are fitted with Suplak puck catchers for easy fast puck retrieval and TableHockeyPro.com net deflectors are used in the goal cages, eliminating most in-and-outs.

    Playoffs for all skill groups and every player. Trophies and medals for all divisions.

    Please visit the official message board of the ****STIGA U.S. OPEN**** Go to: Table Hockey Heaven to view updates and discuss this event in a public forum.

    Rzonca, Shabi are 2012 champs

    Rzonca 2012

    Jim Rzonca holds up trophies for winning the Coleco tournament and combined award for best finish.

    Shabi Father Paul Shabi is all smiles along with father Viktor after winning Game 7 of the Stiga finals.

    Paul Shabi, a teenager from suburban Detroit, won the 2012 Stiga U.S. Open, coming back from a series deficit to defeat Eric Davis of Byron, IL in seven games. The night before, Jim Rzonca of Lemont won the 2012 Coleco U.S. Open, a tournament that is part of the HTQ TOUR.

    Check out the results page HERE.

    Brassard, Axelsen are 2011 champs

    Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark became a two-time Stiga U.S. Open winner on Saturday, July 23 in Lemont, IL. He defeated local legend Ron Marsik in the finals of a 35-player tournament. The night before, Burt Brassard of Quebec City won the 2011 Coleco U.S. Open, the first edition that is part of the HTQ TOUR.

    Check out the results page HERE.

    Edgars Caics, Dave Kraehling are 2010 U.S. Open champs

    Edgars Caics of Latvia (top photo, with Chris Pytlewski) won the 2010 Stiga U.S. Open and Dave Kraehling of Canada (lower photo) won the 2010 Coleco U.S. Open. Congrats. Round robin results and photos are now posted, with more in the coming days. Click on the "past results" link above. And check out the awards table picture below.

    U.S. Open Co-Founder Jerry Pytlewski Passes Away

    We're extremely saddened to announce that LTHL founder Gerald Pytlewski passed away suddenly at age 61 on May 29, 2010. Many of you played against him and hung out with him at all of the past U.S. Opens. This year's event will pay tribute to the man who started organized Stiga table hockey in Chicago.

    Garry Butler Tribute Page: A tribute page to tournament co-founder Garry Butler, who passed away from cancer in October 2005. CLICK HERE

    Axelsen, Leclerc are 2009 U.S. Open champions

    Bjarne Axelsen of Denmark won the 2009 Stiga U.S. Open tournament and Dany Leclerc of Quebec won the 2009 Coleco U.S. Open. Leclerc also won the combined trophy for best finish in both tournaments. Lukasz Sulka won the junior award as best young player at the Stiga U.S. Open. Full results and photos are posted. You can find them by clicking here.

    Chargo, Ingo are 2008 U.S. Open champions

    Rob Chargo bested a field of 40 players to win the 2008 Stiga U.S. Open in Lemont on July 26. He defeated Reggie Stefaniszyn 4-1 in the Best of 7 finals. Third was Kitchener's Bernie Kunzler, who defeated longtime friend Bruce Turner. B Group was taken by Tim Walker over Tom Warren in all-Detroit area finals. Third in the B was Mark Wuellner of Indianapolis, IN over grizzled veteran Pierre Chastenais of Montreal, QUE. The C Group went to Sean Rafferty of Laguna Hills, CA over Rich Thill of South Holland, IL. Third in the C went to Mike Hibbard of the Madison, WI area. On Friday night, rookie sensation Bob Ingo of Hanover Park, IL emerged out of virtually nowhere to win the Coleco U.S. Open championship. He defeated Dr. Lou Marinoff of New York in the finals. Third went to Denis Maille of Montreal, who also took home the Combined Trophy for best combined finish in the Stiga and Coleco tournaments. Brian Rafferty, 13, won the Junior Award and the big free raffle for a Stiga 50th anniversary limited edition table hockey game courtesy of tablehockeygames.com. Thank you to owner Phil Hamilton for the giveaway game and the prize money that was split among the top finishers in all three groups. Also thanks to Paul Ruiz at tablehockeyheaven.com for providing a place to do live updates. We're doing it all again next year on July 31-Aug. 1 so please mark your calendars now and save the dates. Thanks to everyone who played and helped!!! Eric and Jim




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