The Haverford Hawks is a Tier II USA Hockey Travel Hockey Club for area hockey players. We are proud members of the Delaware Valley Hockey League (DVHL) and the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League (EJ League). One of th oldest clubs in the DVHL, the Hawks celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2019-20.
Our Atoms program is an introductory skating/hockey program for the first-time player between the ages of 5-8. It is a full-season winter program (September-February) that teaches the concept of cross-ice team play from day one. Our goal is for every child to develop every aspect of their skills, to eventually move up to our Mite travel teams.
Once basic skills have been established, the program places the players onto an Atoms team, allowing them to play in-Hawks games against other teams. They may also play in some games and tournaments against other local Atoms programs.
Learn more about the Atoms program here.
Each spring, new and returning players participate in the evaluation / tryout process. This process allows us to see how each child is developing, and place each on a team that is leveled to their skill level. We usually schedule three evaluation / tryouts per age group.
In 2020, we held evaluations in May.
All Hawks coaches are USA hockey and SafeSport certified, and follow with Hawks and USA Hockey development models.
On average, our teams practice twice a week. We average 18-24 regular-season games (plus possible playoffs) and one or two tournaments requiring an overnight stay. The teams travel increasingly more as the players progress through the system.
The Hawks is one of a few youth ice hockey clubs in the U.S. with a trans-Atlantic cultural exchange. In its 21st year, the Exchange has enabled more than 900 Hawks and Viikingit Hockey Club players from Helsinki, Finland to play hockey, have fun, and make friendships. In alternating years, the Hawks Pee Wee teams host players from the Viikingit Hockey Club for an international hockey tournament at the Skatium, and Hawks Bantam teams travel to Helsinki for a 10-day experience that includes a tournament.
The Finland Exchange has been the foundation for lifelong friendships and life-changing experiences for players and their families. Learn more on the Finland Exchange website.
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