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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on becoming a host family.
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