Welcome to Benkocup.com

It’s a Wednesday in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and the night is young. Seven friends gather after a hard day’s work…well, okay…some have just finished a hard day’s work, and others spent the day auditing. They saunter in, greeted by the sounds of barking dogs and even louder barking participants. It’s been a long week since they last met and there’s a nervousness in the air. Everyone is anxious to see how their team performs tonight. The agenda is Strat-O-Matic hockey.

Tables and chairs are eventually set. Game boards and shuffled cards will follow. It won’t be long before dice start tumbling. Offers of cold refreshing beverages echo the basement walls. Some accept to wash down assorted fast food dinners and others accept to moisten their vocal chords in preparation of laughter and renditions of eighties pop tunes.

As the hours pass, teams face off against one another in their ultimate season-long quest for the Benko Cup. The air is filled with laughter, cheers, jeers, and obscure decades old references that would rival most secret societies. Some teams will go home victorious tonight; others will curse the good fortune of their opponents or their own misfortune. Either way, the objective to spend a few hours of enjoyment with good friends has been accomplished.

Everybody wins.

The best thing about this evening is that it’s been repeating itself for over 24 years. What started out as a novelty in their college years has morphed into hobbies for all involved and more importantly, has solidified a lifetime of friendships. Other friends have come and gone over the years, but the core persists, everlasting.

This website is our home for current statistics and a museum of our league’s history.

We’re glad you could take the time to visit.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of hanging out weekly with a bunch of middle-aged, nerdy, hockey fanatics and want to join our league, we’re always open to expansion.
You can contact us at:


…The Strat-O-Matic Hockey League