Friendship (Kitchener Minor Hockey)

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This exchange is open to House League Teams ONLY! Although it began with higher skilled players 42 years ago, it has developed into an event that allows players who would probably not have the opportunity to participate in travel hockey due to skill or finance to participate. Now house league players have the opportunity to experience hockey with the emphasis on fun and friendship not serious competition. There are NO trophies to be won! We take part in this exchange for the pure enjoyment of the game. The way minor hockey was meant to be played at the house league level.


The friendship exchange runs for four days, in February( Feb. 6-9, 2015) down in Lancaster Pennsylvania.

The tournament then returns to Kitchener in March(March 6-9, 2015)

Tours of Indian Echo Caverns, Harley Davidson, Reptile Land, Little League Baseball Museum and Hershey Chocolate Factory are some of the places we visit along the way.

The exchange consists of three very important components.


  • The players learn the importance of sportsmanship and the true enjoyment one can receive when playing Hockey.


  • The tours planned by the committee have been put together to educate everyone young and old alike.


  • In February everyone starts as strangers and ends up with a new friend, not just for a quick weekend but also for life. The highways between Kitchener and Lancaster have been well travelled.



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Submitted By Lori Struk on Monday, November 17, 2014 (2983 views)
What about Siblings? 
Siblings are welcome.  Every team Manager/Coach will deal with this in their own way.  Players and guardians will be placed first.

Do I need a Passport to get into the United States/Canada?   

Everyone over the age of 15 will need a valid Passport except  citizens 18 years of age or under who are travelling with a school or other organized group, under adult supervision with parental/guardian consent, may also present proof  citizenship alone. 

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Submitted By Lori Struk on Monday, November 17, 2014 (3778 views)
Following every game, the players on the home team each give gifts to the players on the visitors team (usually their billets).

The Coaches will also exchange gifts with each other. These gifts are determined by the committee in each organization. Read More

Submitted By Lori Struk on Monday, November 17, 2014 (2585 views)
It is important that players get the opportunity to learn more about the places they are visiting. Some of the trips we have particpated in the past are:

In Pennsylvania
Chocolate World
Harley Davidson Plant
Reptile Land

In Ontario
Niagara Falls Hockey Hall of Fame
St. Jacobs Read More

Submitted By Lori Struk on Monday, November 17, 2014 (2549 views)
While in Lancaster Parents and Coaches  will be staying at the Heritage Hotel

While in Kitchener Parents and Coaches  will be staying at the Hampton Inn
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