Finland Exchange Day at the Flyers Details – Wednesday, April 13

We are excited to be a part of an exclusive event with the Flyers vs. Rangers on Wednesday, April 13.

Our kids will be taking the ice before the game, we will have an arena tour, and an exclusive in-arena party in the East Dining Hall! There will even be some special speakers and guests.

Special Discount Dining Package – Sign Up and Pay By April 8 at noon!

We have a special opportunity for a food package at our pre-game party in the Wells Fargo Center.

Click here to sign up and make your payment on Venmo!
In order to get this package, you must sign up and IMMEDIATELY pay using Venmo – no waiting! Don’t sign up until you are ready to pay! Venmo: @Hawks-Finland

For $22 per person, from 3 to 6 p.m. you will receive access to all all-you-can-eat food menu:

  • Federal Pretzels with spicy & yellow mustard
  • Philly Cheesesteaks with Wiz, Caramelized Onions, Pub Rolls
  • Dietz & Watson Hot Dogs with Potato Rolls
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries with Cheese
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Access to buy beverages at a discounted rate (draft beers – $6.50; sodas $2.25, bottled water $3.00)

Remember: you must have this package to get beer for $6.50! This package is only available to those who purchased their tickets through the Finland USA Exchange!

Our Plans for the Day – The Bus Trip Package*

  • 1:30 p.m.
    We board the bus at the Holiday Inn – Drexelbrook and head to the Wells Fargo Center. Once there, the Exchange Players will lace up their skates, put on their helmets, and get ready to take the ice!

  • 3:00 p.m.
    The Exchange Players will take the Wells Fargo ice! Families can watch from the stands. This is a free skate session, it is not a game; no sticks are permitted. Please note: due to space limitations, only Exchange Players (Pee Wees and Bantams) can take the ice for this event. Helmets are mandatory, no exceptions.)

  • 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    Parents and kids who are part of the Hawks page (either bus trip or game-only) will have exclusive access to the East Dining Hals party area and food vendors. Make sure to purchase the special dining package to get all-you-can-eat food and discounted beverages!

  • 6:00 p.m.
    Let’s head over to the ice to find our seats and watch the pre-game warmup!

  • 7:00 p.m.
    It’s game time – the Flyers will take on the New York Rangers. Go Flyers!

  • After the game
    We board the buses for the ride back to Drexelbrook.

**guests participating in the ticket-only package should use their tickets to meet us in East Dining Halls.

A note about COVID-19 protocols in the city and the Wells Fargo Center

Because of the ongoing pandemic and concerns over the Coronavirus, we ask all who plan to attend this event to keep up-to-date on the requirements in the city and arena. The Flyers have made it easy; visit this page for the latest guidelines and information.

Clearances: Information for Host Families

If you have been selected to be a host family, congratulations! We are sure you will find this to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your player’s childhood!

Clearances Required

Our hospitality leads would like to begin to gather everyone’s background clearances.

We strongly recommend you submit your clearances as soon as possible. 

Clearances are good for five years so if you already have your clearances for volunteering at school, coaching, etc. then you can submit those copies, no need to request a new copy. 

Please send your three clearances for all adults in your home as soon as possible to Elaine McKay (McKayVelocity7@aol.com).

Feel free to reach out to Amy Maraj (610-348-8778) with any hosting questions or Elaine (610-637-8166) with any clearance questions.

Potluck Dinners Set for Saturday & Monday Nights

One of the most impactful, favorite, and low-key parts of the Finland Exchange are the Potluck Dinner nights.

This is a great opportunity for player families who are not hosting Finnish kids for the week to bring the Exchange into their homes. Typically, potluck host homes coordinate the evening and help everyone else figure out what to bring. The idea is that every family chips in some food for the event (appetizer, meal, or dessert.)

As the potluck host, you should make it what you want. If your style is just pizza, soda, and beers, do that instead!

The Hospitality Committee will work on the logistics based on the number of volunteer hosts. Ellen Cohen is the coordinator for the Potluck evenings.

We’d like to keep teams together as much as possible, but that’s not guaranteed. And in most cases, teams will be split up (unless you have a house that can hold more than 60+ people!) If you’d like to be a potluck host, just indicate it on the form (no obligation at this time) and we will be in touch with more information.

**Families who are already hosting Finnish players in their homes that week are discouraged from being potluck hosts, so that other families have this opportunity to participate.

Sign up to host a pot luck dinner
on Saturday, April 9 or Monday, April 11.

Never hosted a pot luck dinner before? Here is some advice from Marco Flavio Marinucci, founder of the blog Cook Here and Now (cookhereandnow.com), which organizes San Francisco–based potluck dinners

  • Have a Theme
    I don’t believe in hodgepodge potlucks. It’s important to create a theme; it can really surprise and delight guests, and get them excited about cooking. Try to move beyond generic themes, like Italian or Cantonese; instead, choose a specific ingredient, like sustainable seafood or heirloom tomatoes. That way, you get really different approaches that reflect each cook’s background, and you end up with dishes you might never have expected. Try to finalize the theme two weeks before the dinner so guests have time to come up with great recipes.
  • Plan Out the Courses
    Potluck should include every course—appetizerssoups or salads, entrées, desserts—as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Always plan more than one for each course: Someone with the best intentions may bring an appetizer, for example, that does not work well, and you don’t want that to be the only choice on the table. Or someone may have to cancel at the last minute. For that reason, I think it’s important that the host always make the main dish—because then, it’s guaranteed to show up!
  • Give Portion Guidelines
    If you have 20 guests and two of them are making desserts, they should each prepare something that serves 10 people. The good thing with potlucks is that you don’t need to be exact—people generally will not eat a full portion of something when there are other options on the table. We usually have a lot of leftovers, which is great. Encourage people to bring their own to-go containers and to ask each cook for permission to bring home extras of his or her dish.
  • Limit Last-Minute Preparations
    For potlucks, cooks usually prepare dishes three hours before they are served, but not all dishes can wait that long. Try to find out which guests will need a stove burner or oven space, but encourage them to make as much of the dish in advance as they can. For example, vegetables can be grilled at home and then tossed into a salad on site.

1. Create a theme

Beef and Beer Event on March 4!

Our 2022 Beef and Beer event promises to be the best one yet! Join us at The Yard Pub (formerly Tip O’Leary’s) in Havertown on March 4 for great food and drinks, silent auctions, raffles, and all your Hawkey friends! The event starts at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are $36 and must be purchased online here. Tickets at the door will be $40.

Your ticket includes:

  • Open bar from 7-9 p.m. Well drafts, bottles and wines.
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Caesar salad, rosa pasta, hot roast beef
  • We will have all the usual fun stuff: a 50/50, silent auction, and amazing raffles!

Philadelphia Bus Trip, Sightseeing & Scavenger Hunt – Monday, April 11

“New York is a place where people go to reinvent themselves; Philadelphia is a place where people discover who they are.”
– Chef Peter McAndrews

We have a really fun day in Philadelphia planned for our Exchange participants!

“I love the dignity in the name Philadelphia, but at heart, we’re Philly.”
– Lisa Scottoline

Set for Monday, April 11 – you are going to get a peek of all the things that make Philadelphia the Philly we all love. The cost of $20 per person covers your round-trip bus ticket and our activities for the day.

Click here for the Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt

Please make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather that day. Bring your own money for lunch at the Reading Terminal Market.

Note: because we will be on and off a bus in the city throughout the day, and walking the streets, a parent chaperone is required on this trip.

Click here to RSVP and pay for the trip

“Oh Philadelphia freedom, shine on me, I love you”
– Elton John

Itinerary for the Day

Hawks Contacts: 

Jennifer McCarty (jenmac945@hotmail.com)

NYC Bus Trip, Cruise & Sightseeing – Tuesday, April 12

“New York is not a city – it’s a world.” — Iman

One of the major highlights of the Finland Exchange is our Bus Trip to New York City.

“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.”
— Nora Ephron

Set for Tuesday, April 12 – this is a day packed with all things Big Apple. The cost of $75 per person covers your round trip bus ticket, a highly-rated boat tour of the island with Circle Cruises, and a free day of fun in the best city in the world (after Philadelphia and Helsinki, of course.)

Note: because we will be on and off a bus in the city throughout the day, and walking the streets, a parent chaperone is required on this trip.

Bus Assignments for Tuesday’s trip to NYC

Click here to RSVP and pay for the trip

“It’s pretty cliched, but Times Square is just incredible.
You really feel like you’re in the capital of the world.” 
— Timothy F. Cahill

Itinerary for the Day

  • 7:00 am – Be at Drexelbrook for check-in and bus pick up (Holiday Inn & Suites – Drexelbrook)
  • 7:25am – Bus departs Drexelbrook. (~2 hours 15 min drive)
  • 9:55 am – Arrive to Pier 83, West 42nd St. and 12th Ave.
  • 10:30am – Boat Tour begins @ Pier 83 with CIrcle LIne SIghtseeing Cruises
  • 12:00 pm – Groups free to Explore NYC on their own
    • Option 1 Famous “High Line” (refurbished elevated train)
      • Walk South on High Line to Standard hotel and Bier Garden at end of walk.
      • Walk North on High Line to Times Square (Option 2) or the Edge (Option 3.)
    • Option 2 continue to Times Square
      • Travel options for Times Square:
        • Option A (preferred): walk North on the High Line (see above)
        • Option B: walk to Times Square (20 minute walk to Times Square) by going East on 40th Street to 7th Avenue
        • Option C: take the subway (station at Hudson, right where boat docks). Take the 7 Train for one stop East to 42nd Street Times Square.
    • Option 3 Explore the “Edge” rooftop view and City Climb:
    • Option 4 – walk/taxi/uber to Central Park:
  • Lunch OptionsFamilies/players will have option to explore Times Square and eat lunch attractions suggested below:
    • Hard Rock Cafe (walk North on Broadway) 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
    • Joe’s Pizza (walk North on Broadway) 1435 Broadway, New York, NY 10018
    • Public House (good Beer/American food) 140 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017 
    • Rockefeller Center 49th and 6th Ave.
    • Bryant Park https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/bryant-park
      • Located @5 and 6 Ave, W 40 St and W 42 St.
      • NYC Public Library – scene from Ghostbusters.
  • Shopping Options:
    • NHL store: 1185 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036. West of Broadway
    • NBA store: (one block from NHL store) 545 5th Ave. West of Broadway
    • Levi’s Store 34th Street (Northern point of Broadway near Hard Rock)
    • Levi’s Store at Times Square (located near bus drop off south start of Broadway)
    • Disney Store (North end of Broadway) 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
    • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (North end of Broadway) 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
  • 3:00 pm meet at pier 83 location 42nd St and 12th Ave. – board bus for departure.
  • 3:30pm (latest) – head back to Philly
  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm  – Arrive back drop off in at Holiday Inn Drexelbrook.A note on the Coronavirus and NYC

New York City has set up a website, called “The Key To NYC” that has the most up-to-date guidance on vaccine and mask requirements in the city.

Hawks Contacts: 

Tom Bannister, (610) 247-1140 (cell)
Joe Clifford, (267) 439-3902 (cell)

Finland Exchange Day at the Flyers – Wednesday, April 13

Update: ticket sales have closed for this event. We will be sending out information on the event to those attending as soon as it is available.

We are excited to be offering exclusive and discounted tickets for the Flyers vs. Rangers game on Wednesday, April 13. And that’s not all we are doing… the kids are actually going to be able to take the ice, and we’re having our very own pre-game party inside the arena – plus an arena tour and special speakers and guests!

Please read this page and the FAQ document for all the info on this once-in-a-lifetime event!

You will have two options to attend:

  • The bus trip, with the pre-game skate, the in-arena party, and tickets to the game. $120 pp
  • Game tickets, which include tickets to the game and the in-arena party. $85 pp

A note about COVID-19 protocols in the city and the Wells Fargo Center

Because of the ongoing pandemic and concerns over the Coronavirus, we ask all who plan to attend this event to keep up-to-date on the requirements in the city and arena. The Flyers have made it easy; visit this page for the latest guidelines and information.

Our Plans for the Day – The Bus Trip

  • 1:00 p.m.
    We board the bus at the Holiday Inn – Drexelbrook and head to the Wells Fargo Center. Once there, the Exchange Players will lace up their skates, put on their helmets, and get ready to take the ice!
  • 2:00 p.m.
    The Exchange Players will take the Wells Fargo ice! Families can watch from the stands. This is a free skate session, it is not a game; no sticks are permitted. Please note: due to space limitations, only Exchange Players (Pee Wees and Bantams) can take the ice for this event.
  • 3:00 p.m.
    Once off the ice, players and families will head to the East Food Hall for our exclusive Finland Exchange pre-game party. Food and drinks will be offered by several of the Wells Fargo vendors on a pay-as-you-go basis. We are working on a few surprises during this time, including entertainment for the kids.
  • 5:30 p.m.
    Let’s head over to the ice to watch the pre-game warmup!
  • 7:00 p.m.
    It’s game time – the Flyers will take on the New York Rangers. Go Flyers!
  • After the game
    We board the buses for the ride back to Drexelbrook.

Oh, and did we mention…

Everyone who goes to the game is going to get a special “Finland Night at the Flyers” tee-shirt. But if you have tickets with the Finland Exchange, your tee shirt will be customized with our logos!

His and Hers Bag Bingo set for January 22

It’s a Date Night BINGO party with Yeti coolers, microbrew raffles, a luxury Flyers Suite, and designer handbags!

Advance tickets are $30 each or get a table of eight for $230. Save your seat (or table) now – last time we sold out in advance of the event and no tickets were available at the door.

The best way to guarantee your spot is to Venmo $30 per seat or $230 for a table of eight to @Hawks-Finland.

Want to help us promote the event? Right-click the image below to copy and paste it to Facebook!

Volunteers are needed to help make our His and Hers Bingo Night (next Saturday) a success. We need help before, during and after the event – can you give us one hour????  Please consider signing up for one or more slots here

This event is BYO – so coordinate with your table and bring snacks, drinks, and all your lucky charms!

And bring some cash for the special rounds – one prize if for a 12-person luxury suite at a Flyers game!

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the games will begin promptly at 8 p.m.!

Have a question or concern about the event? Send us an email.

Location: St Luke Greek Orthodox Church – 35 N Malin Rd, Broomall, Pennsylvania 19008

2022 Tourney Information

The Haverford Hawks Finland Exchange Tournament is set for April 14, 15, and 16, 2022. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for your group to play against a Finnish team and participate in a cultural exchange experience.

Tournament Information

Be a part of an exceptional program that provides local children with a unique opportunity to learn about and experience Finnish culture while playing the sport they love. All teams will have the opportunity to play against a leveled team in the Viikingit Hockey Club from Helsinki, Finland.

Click here to register for the Tournament

Teams Committed (2022 Tourney):

Timonen Division
14U AA Bantam

Viikingit Hockey (Finland)
Haverford Hawks AA
Snider Hockey
Wissahickon Warriors

Selänne Division
12U AA Pee Wee

Viikingit Hockey (Finland)
Haverford Hawks AA
Wissahickon Warriors
Grundy Senators

Kapanen Division
14U A Bantam

Viikingit Hockey (Finland)
Haverford Hawks A
Snider Hockey
Stingers

Kurri Division
12U A Pee Wee

Viikingit Hockey (Finland)
Haverford Hawks A Nat’l (Red)
Haverford Hawks A Amer. (White)
Stingers Gold
Stingers Black

Sinisalo Division
14U B Bantam

Viikingit Hockey (Finland)
Haverford Hawks B
Snider Hockey
Lancaster Firebirds

Rinne Division
12U B Pee Wees

Viikingit Hockey (Finland)
Haverford Hawks B Amer. (Silver)
Brandywine Outlaws
Haverford Hawks (Black)

More than a hockey tournament, this event is a cultural exchange.

PlayStation 5 Raffle

It’s the hottest gift this holiday season – and you can have a 1 in 100 chance of winning one… AND you are supporting a great cause! This AMAZING PlayStation 5 bundle includes the following:

  • PS5 Disc Version Brand — $499.00
  • Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut — $69.99
  • NBA 2K22 — $69.00
  • • 12 months of PlayStation Plus — $59.99

TIckets are $30 because only 100 will be sold! Venmo $30 per ticket to @Hawks-Finland to get your tickets!