SDE Hockey - Stamford Sharks Exchange program 2019-2020
Since 1983, the Stamford Youth Hockey Association and the Swedish SDE Hockey have participated in a unique international exchange program. Unlike a typical student exchange program, the "Hockey Exchange Program" has involved hundreds of 13 and 14 year old hockey players and their families from Stamford, Connecticut and Stockholm, Sweden. The Stamford Sharks Hockey Team, their parents and siblings, travel to Stockholm for a one-week stay and the following year the SDE Hockey Team (Stocksund-Danderyd-Enebyberg Team) and their families goes to Stamford, Connecticut. The program has become a tradition and a major highlight for the SDE Hockey Team.
The exchange is more than a sports event, it is a cultural exchange that exposes all involved to a lifestyle and culture not experienced by other tourists. The players stay with host families, go to school together, and participate in a variety of activities developing lifelong friendships and a sense of appreciation for the Swedish/American culture and points of view.
The next SDE Hockey team to participate in this program will be Team 05.