Charity chair hockey 'floor-nament' turns Center City office into arena

The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation scored big at a unique fundraiser.

Andrew Kramer
October 25, 2018 - 10:08 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Normally when you walk to into an office building, you see lots and lots of desks.

There were none of those on the 17th floor of Two Commerce Square in Center City on Thursday night. Instead, hockey rinks were set up for the first-ever Snider Hockey Office Chair Hockey Tournament.

"It's really unique. You have these small rinks, four on four, office chairs with these middle school hockey sticks," explained Hal Greenbalt, one of hundreds of participants.

Yes, you use your feet to move around on these everyday office chairs. No skates are needed. 

Around 20 teams took part, each one paying $1,000 to register for the "floor-nament." Money raised benefits the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, which supports disadvantaged boys and girls in Philadelphia and Camden.

"Getting a lot of people out to support that and have a good time while doing some good is awesome for the city," added Mark Prine, another participant.

Flyers legends Bernie Parent, Joe Watson, Bob Kelley and Brian Propp were on hand to serve as honorary co-chairs of the event.

"To be honest with you, it's the first time I experienced a game on office chairs like this," Parent said.

A former goalie, Parent admitted he'd "give up a couple goals" if he ever tried chair hockey, and said Snider would have loved seeing an event like this if he were alive today. Snider was a Philadelphia sports executive until he died in 2016.

"He'd be smiling," Parent said. "This is beautiful. It's always nice when you get involved with helping a younger generation to provide them with some possibilities."

"Anytime you can have fun and raise a little money it's a win-win for everyone," added foundation President and CEO Scott Tharp.

Tharp said tens of thousands of dollars were raised through the event.