1976-77: Lou’s rookie season in the Cartierville Table Hockey League (CTHL). He lost a 7-game final series to then-defending league champ Mike Clarke, an amazing player. Lou responded as follows:
1977-78: CTHL Singles and Doubles Champion, and Canadian Open Champion
1978-79: Montreal Table Hockey League Singles and Doubles Champion, and Canadian Open Champion
1979-80: MTHL Singles and Doubles Champion, and Canadian Open Champion
1980-81: MTHL Singles and Doubles Champion (no Canadian Open held)
1981: Boucherville Invitational Champion
1981-82: MTHL Singles and Doubles Champion (no Canadian Open held)
1982-83: MTHL Singles and Doubles Champion (no Canadian Open held)
Lou’s championship doubles partner was Ron Chesick.
Some classic newspaper articles from this period have survived.
- The Hockey Professionals — that is, Table Hockey,
by Rejean Tremblay, La Presse, June 14, 1975
- Our Man Opposes the Experts, by Herb Zurkowsky,
The Montreal Gazette, February 28, 1979
- Hockey That Takes Away Your Appetite,
by Rejean Tremblay, La Presse, March 7, 1980
- Table Hockey King Says “Bring on Reds,”
by Scott Abbott, Edmonton Sun, April 1980
Some stats from this period have also survived.
Above: MTHL family poses for media.
In Lou’s last MTHL season, 1982-83, he played Sam Anoussis in the finals. Sam and Alex Anoussis were teenagers when they joined the MTHL. Sam was 18 and Alex was only 13, but they were both dangerous players. They still are today! In that 1983 final, Lou prevailed over Sam in seven unbelievable games, every last one decided by one goal, and three of them in overtime.
Game #1: Sam 3, Lou 2 (OT)
Game #2: Sam 3, Lou 2 (OT)
Game #3: Lou 3, Sam 2 (OT)
Game #4: Lou 2, Sam 1
Game #5: Sam 3, Lou 2
Game #6: Lou 2, Sam 1
Game #7: Lou 2, Sam 1
Right: Top MTHL players Alex, Sid, Sam, Lou, Ron. If you had to play your way through this fun bunch, you’d never know what hit you!
Following 3 consecutive Canadian titles and 6 consecutive Montreal titles, Lou retired in 1983. At least, he thought he did!
Left: Ron, Sam, Lou, Alex (2007).
Sadly, Sid is gone (1956-1992).
Right: Gladly, Lou’s son Julian is playing! Here Julian wins a B-pool in Montreal, with Josh Kloosterman (2nd) and John Fayolle (3rd).
How did all this happen? Read on …