• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

What Is Rod Hockey Game?

A table hockey game, alternatively referred to as rod hockey game, stick hockey, bubble hockey, or board hockey, is a two-player game derived from ice hockey. The game is played on a miniature hockey rink; players score goals by launching a small puck into the opposing "net" using cutout figures representing hockey players. The figures are manipulated by rods beneath the "ice": when the player pushes or pulls on the rod, each one slides forward and back along its own narrow slot, or rotates (around a vertical axis) to shoot or stickhandle the puck when the player spins the rod. While table hockey games are conceptually similar to air hockey (commonly referred to as "glide hockey"), they are more of a simulation of the sport of ice hockey, whereas air hockey is more abstract.

The Original Table Hockey

Table hockey was invented in 1932 in Toronto by Canadian Donald H. Munro Sr. Don, like many other Canadians during the depression, was strapped for cash for Christmas presents. He was married and had three small children. That year, the entire family chipped in to create the world's first table hockey game. This mechanical game was constructed entirely out of scrap wood and metal, including coat hanger wire, butcher's twine, clock springs, and coal bin lumber. Unlike modern games, this one resembled an early pinball machine, with one significant exception: it was a two-player game. The playing surface was crowned in the center and slanted downward toward the ends. The goalie was controlled by levers, while the players were controlled by flippers. According to the story, a traveling salesman noticed the game and encouraged Don to bring it down to the neighborhood Eaton's department store. Don accomplished precisely that. The first game was purchased on consignment. By the time Mr. Munro returned home, the game had been sold and additional orders had been placed.

Manufacturers

There are numerous variations of the game. The game's original variant was manufactured in Burlington, Ontario, by the now-defunct Munro Games of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In Sweden, Stiga Games are used in table hockey, which is governed by the International Table Hockey Federation.

Since the 1920s, the game has also been played in North America on a variety of commercial boards. Since the 1980s, Rick Benej of Greenwich, New York, has been building table hockey games. Over the years, his model has undergone three distinct design iterations and refinements. For many years, the most popular board was manufactured by the now-defunct Coleco company, and the majority of boards sold in North America (such as those manufactured by The Carrom Company and Irwin Toys) are variants of this model. However, the Stiga board has begun to penetrate the North American market, despite the continued introduction of new boards.

Arcade Version

The arcade version is referred to as "dome hockey" or "bubble hockey" due to the large plastic dome that covers the playing surface, preventing the puck from becoming lost or stolen. Chexx (USA vs. Soviet Union) and its successor, Super Chexx, are the most popular of these 'bubble hockey' tables (Canada vs. USA). Super Chexx developed this game in the early 1980s. Later on, other businesses began producing similar items.

Game Variations

A tabletop rod hockey game resembles a white board
A tabletop rod hockey game resembles a white board

Another table hockey game, Do-To-Ho, is quite distinct from the others mentioned here. The play figures are not attached to bars and are free to move throughout the playing field. Their bases, like the puck's, contain a ball bearing, which allows them to glide across the board like ice skate runners. As in billiards, moving a play figure is accomplished by striking it with a short, unique knock with a small stick. The play courses alternate between "attack courses," in which a play figure may play the puck, and "position courses," in which a play figure may only change position without touching the puck. If the aggressor misses the puck or collides with an opposing play figure, possession of the puck changes. Do-To-Ho was created in Germany and first appeared in 1994.

The Bottom Line

Nothing beats a good game of hockey, there is no doubt about that. However, if you lack the time—or access—to a real hockey rink, the next best thing to enjoying your favorite puck game is a rod hockey tabletop game.

If you're ready to make the investment in a high-quality rod hockey table, you're probably wondering which model is the best fit for your needs. To help you make an informed choice, we've compiled a list of the best options here.

About The Authors

Tyrese Griffin

Tyrese Griffin - Tyrese started her education in the performing arts at the prestigious Alexander Hamilton Academy in Los Angeles. She returned to civilian life after serving in the United States Army as a tracked vehicle operator, and started writing short stories and screenplays, as well as directing short films and music videos. She has published six novels, which have sold over 200,000 copies, as well as audiobooks and short stories for anthologies, and has earned several awards.

Recent Articles

  • Turkey Backs Finland And Sweden's NATO Membership Bids

    Turkey Backs Finland And Sweden's NATO Membership Bids

    In order to preserve the freedom and safety of the Allies through political and military measures, Turkey backs Finland and Sweden's NATO membership bids. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), often known as the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance of 30 member states, 28 of which are European and two of which are North American.

  • Navy Slows F-35 Orders Amid Rising Readiness Grades Of Its Fighter Fleet

    Navy Slows F-35 Orders Amid Rising Readiness Grades Of Its Fighter Fleet

    The US Navy slows f-35 orders amid rising readiness grades of its fighter fleet in the fiscal year 2023 than the manufacturer Lockheed Martin is able to produce as part of a planned catch-up strategy.

  • Hutchinson, A Former Top Aide, Testified About The Mob On January 6

    Hutchinson, A Former Top Aide, Testified About The Mob On January 6

    Hutchinson, a former top aide, testified about the mob in front of the house Committee looking into what happened on January 6, 2021.

  • ESurveyBox - Make Money Through Paid Surveys

    ESurveyBox - Make Money Through Paid Surveys

    Filling out online surveys may be a simple and convenient method to earn some additional money.

  • PELISPLUSHD - Watch Spanish Movies And Series Online For Free And In HD

    PELISPLUSHD - Watch Spanish Movies And Series Online For Free And In HD

    PELISPLUShd.net is a free movie search engine for Android devices such as the Amazon Fire Stick and other Android smartphones. It's the quickest and most convenient method to locate high-definition (HD) movies, musicians, and TV series.

  • Kemono Party - One Of The Best Webcomic Hosting Sites For Furries

    Kemono Party - One Of The Best Webcomic Hosting Sites For Furries

    Kemono is an open-source yiff.party reimplementation. It saves and dumps data, images, and files from Patreon and other paysites.

  • Hiperdex - You Can Watch Adult Manhwa And Mangas Online

    Hiperdex - You Can Watch Adult Manhwa And Mangas Online

    Hentai manga is the ideal sensual combination of anime art and pornography. One of the most fascinating aspects of hentai manga is that the options are nearly endless.

  • Movieorca - No Signup Necessary To Watch HD Movies And TV Shows With Subtitles

    Movieorca - No Signup Necessary To Watch HD Movies And TV Shows With Subtitles

    Among the many free movie websites available, MovieOrca is an excellent and outstanding movie platform that allows you to view and download movies for free.

  • Webtoon Xyz - Making Manga And Manhua More Accessible So All Readers Can Enjoy Them For Free

    Webtoon Xyz - Making Manga And Manhua More Accessible So All Readers Can Enjoy Them For Free

    Hentai manga is the perfect fusion of anime art and erotica. One of the most intriguing features of hentai manga is the almost limitless possibilities.