Munro Table Hockey Game
This month’s featured artefact is an original Munro Table Hockey Game. The playing area is wooden, with green plastic trim around one end, and red plastic trim around the other. There are two knitted nets nailed down to each end, one green and one cream-coloured. Blue and red lines painted on the wooden surface mimic an ice-hockey rink, as do the small Plexiglas pieces, which protect the game players from the spring-loaded ball launch. The “hockey players” themselves are represented by five metal loops, which protrude from the surface area, and are manipulated to move forwards, backwards, and sideways by handles on each side.
History: Donald Munro invented the Table Hockey Game in the 1930s, as a means of income to support his family during The Great Depression. Aided by his wife, two sons, and daughter, Munro assembled his first games in the basement of his North Toronto home (45 Foxwell Avenue). Over the years, his company expanded; first, to a small factory in downtown Toronto; then, to a facility in Burlington. For years, Munro advertised and sold his hockey game via the T. Eaton Company Fall and Christmas catalogue. In 1954, Munro Games Ltd. dropped the original red and green game, and replaced it with its own version of the rod hockey game. It was sold to a U.S. company in the 1970s, which is no longer in business today.