October 24, 2016

Hockey Board Games

I found an old hockey board game while on vacation, which got me wondering about other old hockey board games. Here's a look at what I have found, with an emphasis on older games only.

From 1933-34 here is a rare hockey game called Apple Leaf Hockey:

From 1937 here's All Star Hockey. It is simply a board (rink) is marked off in squares and the pawns used to represent players move from square to square depending on a die roll.

In 1941 Milton Bradley dreamed up Ice Hockey: The game comes with 1 wooden disc and two wire hockey "crooks". You play the game by first placing the disc on the center spot on the boards and then each player takes a wire crook and then trying to draw or knock the wooden disc (puck) through the goal to the players right. The opponent plays at the same time, each player trying to get the puck into their goal. The game is started by one player tapping 3 times and then calling 'GO!" The game is played to a predetermined number of gaols. The player reaching that pre-determined number wins.

Here's a Lester Patrick endorsed hockey board game from the 1940s. This game came in two formats one that used a die but earlier versions came with a spinner for randomization. The players are printed on the board and movement is the puck from square to square. There are printed squares on the board that if you take the puck to will can cause penalties to the opposing player in various ways including giving you a penalty shot on goal from a designated spot on the board that is also resolved with a die roll.

From the 1950s, here's The National Hockey League Game

Harley Productions came out with He Scores! in 1955. This game combines all the thrills of real hockey and is played on a board representing the ice surface. Players are shown in both Red and Blue. The game has two dice and a puck which is moved through squares in the direction and by the distance of what was rolled on the dice. Game appears to feature pictures of both the Montreal Canadians and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 1959 Negameco came out with this stat-driven game for simulating professional hockey matches.

From the 1960s, here's Pass And Score, fun for the whole family:

From 1968, here's Blue Line Hockey

All Pro Hockey came out in 1969.

Here's a game called Power Play from 1970. I'm not sure if there are other teams than just Vancouver or not. I want to say I saw a Minnesota version once upon a time, too.

Also in 1970 Research Games released Rod Gilbert's Violent World of Pro Hockey. It was actually part of a 5 game series of Rocky Graziano (Boxing), Vince Lombardi (Football), Gil Hodges (Baseball), Rod Gilbert (Hockey), and Oscar Robertson (Basketball).
From 1974 here's Face Off, the hilarious hockey management game:

Then there is the legendary Strat-O-Matic Hockey card and dice game. This game realistically simulates managing your lines, assigning players, how aggressive or defensive to be, and for the statisticians in the crowd, you can even keep score right down to the number of shots per period, time of goals, assists, etc.

This following game is so old, you needed something called a VCR. I had this game when I was a kid. Players move around the board drawing cards and doing what is says on the space. If you land on "VIDEO ATTACK" you go to the VCR to see what happens. It shows a great play from a game in the past. Either a goal or a save. If you see a goal you score a point.

I also had this trivia board game called Hockey Challenge. No one played with me because I knew all the answers. Then the questions got out of date as many of the answers changed with new records set etc.

I'm not sure how old this particular card game is, but I bet it is relatively contemporary.

If you know any more details about these or any other hockey board games, feel free to share your memories in the comments section.


Hockey Hermit said...

Awesome! Loved playing Strat-O-Matic Hockey with my buddies back in the day. Another favorite hockey game (though not a board game) was Rocket Hockey. Kind of a miniature air hockey game, without the air :)

Mike B. said...

APBA came out with a hockey game in 1992 and still produces new card sets every year along with old seasons. Plays slower than Strat but it is a bit more realistic: http://apba.stores.yahoo.net/approhogawi21.html

Face-Off Hockey has been around for a long time too, probably the most realistic of all, but takes a long time to play a game: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5305/face-off-pro-hockey-game

Tim Tellean said...

Face Off Hockey is now Hockey Bones. Same game engine. www.sports.ptgamesinc.com

It only takes 90 minutes to play a complete game.

Anonymous said...

Slapshot came out sometime after the movie of the same title did (1977). I bought it and played it with my son in the mid '80s. It was clever and fun. I see your game history is limited to table games. I got for Xmas in 1959 or 1960 "Face-Off" action game with the slide movement with the metal authentically uniformed players. A few years later I got "MagPower" hockey with the magnet wands held under the table.

Steve V.

Anonymous said...

Great writeup!

I actually own three of the games mentioned here.

I bought Strat-O-Matic hockey when the game made its debut in 1978 ... and I still buy every new NHL season the company releases.

I have the 1974 version of Face Off. It was one of my favorite board games as a kid.

... and I still have Slapshot.

Ravenswing said...

There was a game in the early 80s called TRK Hockey that I got my hands on. I decided I didn't really want to do the season I got, but wanted to recreate the glorious 70s, so I reverse-engineered it, did up players from the early expansion era, and had a draft for six teams to do a 20-game season. For the following season, I added two expansion teams, ran up a 28-game season, and significantly changed it to use blank APBA cards and different probabilities.

Thirty years later and much tinkering down the road, and I'm still at it. My league's up to 15 teams, and I've started the 79-80 season. Alright, my engine could use work: it favors percentage shooters over volume shooters, which resulted in Johnny Bucyk being the career leading scorer for most of the loop's history until Phil Esposito surpassed him just last season. But I've had a lot of fun and will play until my fingers fall off!

Anonymous said...

I own a hockey game invented in 1944 from the Sego Company from Montreal, Quebec , Canada distributed by the Novelex Company in Waterloo, Quebec, Canada.

Here is the link to the patent from 1946


Unknown said...

I played the Negameco version back in the 1960's and 70's