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Become a Billet Family for a Junior Moose Player

2013-2014 Billet Program

Each season the Maine Moose Junior Hockey Program team roster include elite level players from outside the Augusta/Hallowell area. To allow these players to take advantage of the hockey opportunity presented to them, they require housing assistance from families within the community to serve as billet families.

"Billeting" is a hockey tradition and is especially important at the elite level of hockey. This concept involves local host families providing a home to out-of-town, out-of-state or out-of-country players for the hockey season. The billet program also allows these young men to complete their high school educations, take college preparatory classes and/or obtain part-time employment in the local community while pursuing the next step in their hockey careers.  

The Maine Moose Junior Hockey Program feels that one of the components of success is to provide a comfortable living environment for each of our billet players. One of the most difficult things for the elite level hockey player is moving away from home. Much is expected of these players both on and off the ice and with the added demands of such foreign situations often creates added stress for them. As a result, we strive to find homes that provide a positive family environment. To help alleviate such inherent anxieties, our players, in turn, are strongly encouraged to embrace the challenges of moving into a new household and become actively involved with the family that has so generously welcomed them into their home.

We value the importance of the billet families who open their homes to our players and appreciate the efforts made by the entire family in making our players' transition easier. Being a billet family can be a very rewarding experience. Strong bonds are often made between the player, his parents and the billet family, which frequently carry on well after the player has moved on to the next level. The Maine Moose organization appreciate all that our billet families due for our players and they will receive a season pass to the Moose home hockey games. 

These selfless families provide a vital services to the success of the Maine Moose Junior Hockey program.  Maine Moose is always in need of families to take in players and provide homes and a family environment.  If you are interested in hosting a player or know someone who would be, please contact the organization's billet coordinator Ben Gray at ben@mainemoosehockey.comThe Maine Moose Junior Hockey Program, the players, and their families appreciate the commitment, generosity and dedication of our billet families. 
Jeff Gauy
Head Coach, Maine Moose Junior Hockey - NSJHL
Ben Gray
Co-owner/General Manager, Maine Moose Hockey
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Questions and Answers about becoming a Billet Family

Billet Coordinator - Ben Gray

The billet family in hockey is rich with tradition and plays a key role in the development and success of the player.  it involves host families that open their homes to out-of-town, out-of-state, or out-of-country players and provides an opportunity for these young men to pursue the next step in their developing careers.  The billet program also enables these student-athletes to complete their high-school education, take college preparatory classes or work part-time.

Q:  Can a family host more than one player?

A:  Yes, 2 or more players can share a billet home and this can aid in transportation.

Q:  What are the families responsibilities?

A:  The family will provide seperate bedroom from the player furnished similiar to how a dormitory would be furnished (bed, desk, chair).  Meals will include breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

Q:  What are the player's responsibilities?

A:  Players must maintain a neat and clean room, perform their own laundry, respect house rules, and honor the team curfew. 

Q:  Is there compensation to the host family?

A:  Yes, families participating will receive a monthly payment for each player staying with them while the player is with the family.

Q:  When does the season begin and how long does it last?

A:  Players will report to camp the third week in August.  The regular season lasts through March and the playoffs can last through April.   

Q:  Who coordinates the billet program?

A:  Currently, Ben Gray - Owner/General Manager, plays "point man" for billet family, player families, and players.  Ben will see to financial disbursements and help as questions or issues may arise.  

Please contact Ben Gray at ben@mainemoosehockey.com for additional information on becoming a host family.  



Daily Dish: The Host family - Junior Hockey News

Juniorhockey.com published this article in July 2011, click here to check it out

Avoiding Bitter Billet Battles: Tips To Be A More Hospitable Host To A Junior Hockey Player

USA Hockey Magazine published this article in January of 2011.  Check it out here.