History of the WTHL

1989 - The Winnipeg Table Hockey League (WTHL) was organized following years of exhibition table hockey matches in Winnipeg. Sal Capizzi, Tony Capizzi, Mike Capizzi, Antonio Capizzi, Brian Clement and Zachary Mesman were the original six teams. Sal Capizzi was elected president of the newly formed league. The first WTHL game is played on a 1985 Coleco 5380 game in January 1989. The WTHL holds their first annual All Star game midway through the season.
1990 - Kelly Moroz joins the league and becomes the 7th team in the league.
1991 - Kelly Moroz becomes defunct and Tony Capizzi suspends play reducing the WTHL to 5 teams.
1993 - Johnny Crupi joins the league. Tony Capizzi resumed play while Zachary Mesman and Brian Clement suspend play keeping the WTHL to 5 teams.
1994 - Kevin Podolsky joins the league. Brian Clement resumed play while Tony Capizzi suspends play. Johnny Crupi becomes defunct keeping the WTHL to 5 teams.
1995 - Brian Podolsky, Ian Klassen and Craig Feschuk join the league. Tony Capizzi and Zachary Mesman resumed play increasing the WTHL to 10 teams.
1996 - Zachary Mesman suspends play. Kevin Podolsky, Brian Podolsky and Craig Feschuk become defunct reducing the WTHL to 6 teams.
1997 - Tony Capizzi, Brian Clement and Ian Klassen suspends play reducing the WTHL to 3 teams.
1999 - The WTHL suspends league play for 4 years.
2002 - Former league member Kevin Podolsky passes away after a lengthy battle with Cancer.
2003 - Jay Cesmystruk and Walter Penner join the league. Tony Capizzi, Brian Clement and Zachary Mesman resumed play increasing the WTHL to 8 teams. The WTHL launch their league website. The WTHL holds their 1st WTHL Challenge Cup tournament to help raise funds for CancerCare Manitoba. The WTHL adds the 2003 Stiga, 2003 Irwin Power Play 2 and 2003 Ice FX games.
2004 - Dave Ruffeski joins the league. Ian Klassen resumed play increasing the WTHL to 10 teams.
2005 - Scott Routley joins the league. Walter Penner becomes defunct keeping the WTHL to 10 teams.
2006 - Jared Ruffeski and Leo Caronte join the league. Brian Clement suspends play increasing the WTHL to 11 teams. The WTHL adds the 2006 Capizzi F/R One custom game.
2007 - Jerry Gornik joins the league. Zachary Mesman, Antonio Capizzi, Jared Ruffeski and Dave Ruffeski suspend play. Leo Caronte and Scott Routley become defunct reducing the WTHL to 6 teams.
2008 - Jeff Langelier joins the league. Zachary Mesman and Dave Ruffeski resumed play increasing the WTHL to 9 teams. The WTHL adds the 2008 Carleco 5380 custom game.
2009 - The WTHL suspends league play for 1 year.
2010 - Darcy Hodgins and Matt Klassen join the league. Zachary Mesman and Dave Ruffeski suspend play. Antonio Capizzi resumed play increasing the WTHL to 10 teams. The WTHL adds the 1959 Eagle NHL Power Play Electric, 1965 Eagle NHL Power Play Hockey H-120, 1972 Munro Bobby Hull Hockey and 1990 Gretzky OT Hockey games.
2011 - Darren Lincoln and Rob Drummond join the league. Matt Klassen and Darcy Hodgins suspend play. Ian Klassen becomes defunct. Dave Ruffeski and Zachary Mesman resumed play increasing the WTHL to 11 teams.
2012 - Mike Subchak joins the league. Rob Drummond, Jeff Langelier, Jay Cesmystruk, Jerry Gornik, Dave Ruffeski and Zachary Mesman suspend play decreasing the WTHL to 6 teams.

2013 - Mark Mutawe, Scott Turner and Jamie Gillis join the league. Rob Drummond, Jeff Langelier, Jay Cesmystruk, Jerry Gornik, Dave Ruffeski, Brian Clement, Matt Klassen and Zachary Mesman resumed play increasing the WTHL to 17 teams. After a 9 year hiatus, the WTHL resumes play of the annual WTHL Challenge Cup tournament. The WTHL adds the 1971 Coleco 5340, 1973 Coleco 5383 Trophy Hockey, 2011 Sportcraft, 2013 Capizzi 5340 custom game, 2013 Regent-Halex custom game, 2013 Capizzi Stiga custom game and 2013 Benej games. The WTHL adds a new website, www.winnipegtablehockeyleague.com/WTHLChallengeCup for the annual WTHL Challenge Cup Tournament and purchases the domain www.winnipegtablehockeyleague.com for their league website.
2014 - Dan Bauer and Kevin Lysak join the league. Jared Ruffeski resumed play. Scott Turner, Jamie Gillis. Rob Drummond, Dave Ruffeski, Brian Clement, Darren Lincoln and Zachary Mesman suspend play. Matt Klassen becomes defunct decreasing the WTHL to 12 teams. The WTHL adds the 2014 Super Chexx, 1970 Munro 902 Pro Hockey and 1954 Cresta games.
2015 - The WTHL introduces the WTHL Winter Classic and the WTHL Winter Stadium Games. Darian Boyce, Dean Turman, Scott Campbell, Dean Chevrier, Jared Fitzpatrick and Rick Ward join the league. Darcy Hodgins, Scott Turner, Rob Drummond, Dave Ruffeski, Brian Clement, Darren Lincoln, Jared Ruffeski, and Zachary Mesman resumed play. Jamie Gillis and Mike Subchuk become defunct increasing the WTHL to 24 teams.
The WTHL adds the 1957 Eagle NHL Pro Hockey 520
2016 - After a 21 year hiatus, the WTHL All Star Game returns. The WTHL introduces the WTHL Heritage Classic Game and the WTHL World Cup of Hockey Tournament. Walter Penner resumed play. Kevin Lysak, Jerry Gornik and Zachary Mesman suspend play. Rob Drummond, Dave Ruffeski, Jared Ruffeski, Jared Fitzpatrick,, Rob Campbell, Darcy Hodgins, Scott Turner and Rick Ward become defunct decreasing the WTHL to 14 teams. The WTHL adds the 1955 Aristospel Aristo Puck 4, 1965 Eagle NHL Stars H-90, 1967 Stiga, 1972 Coleco 5388 Game Room Hockey, 1972 Munro Pro League Hockey, 1981 Bock Plast Ky Pola 400 and the 2016 Stiga Playoff Hockey,

 

 

 


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