A key part of our Lakers Hockey Program
Many of the Lakers, as well as other hockey players who leave home to pursue hockey, depend on billet homes. While several of the Lakers hockey team includes players from Fort Frances, International Falls, and surrounding areas, others hail from across North America. Each of the out of town players relies on billet families to be an integral part of their success with the Lakers.
Being a billet family plays a major role in our team’s success both on and off the ice. It takes special people to open their homes and hearts to our players and we do our best to ensure our players are placed in environments that provide care, compassion and safety. We ask that our players be treated like any other member of the family. It is important that the player respect the rules of his host family and the host family respect the rules of the Lakers hockey club. Billet families are responsible for, but not limited to, providing the following basics:
– healthy meals and snacks
– private bedroom
– access to laundry facilities
– internet and telephone access
A Billet Handbook outlining billet family & player rules and guidelines will be provided to each billet family at the start of the season.
Billet families will receive the following as compensation:
– One Regular Season pass per player (two maximum)
– $500/month per player
– invitations to exclusive events
One of our billet families is local resident Jane Johnstone. She has served as a billet for the past ten years and knows personally the important role a billet plays in the lives of a player who moves to another community to play hockey. Her son Brad had a stellar hockey career and relied on billets when he played hockey in Yorkton and Estevan, Saskatchewan. Jane felt it was important to give back to other families in the same way others did for her family. She has welcomed fifteen players since she started billeting and has developed a bond that continues today.
The Lakers could not operate without the support of so many great billet families in our community! If you would like to invite a Lakers player into your home or would like more information, contact Andrea Faragher at 807-275-5116.