Blind River Beavers: Billet Info

Billet Information

Without billet families the Blind River Beavers could not ice a team.  It is difficult for a Junior A hockey player to move away from home. Billet families make this transition easier by welcoming players into their homes.

We take the utmost care to ensure our players are placed in environments that are conducive to care, understanding and safety. It is important that the player respects the rules of his host family and the host family respects the rules of the hockey club. The values and principles for success that are essential to become a member of the Blind River Beavers will be demanded at the rink, in the home, in the community and in school.

When a family volunteers to house a member of the team, they are required to provide room and board for the player.  This includes:

  • Provide 3 nutritious meals and snacks to the player. Meals should be wholesome and varied. Flexibility on behalf of billets and players is needed in this area. Players do not need to eat steak every day. Billet parents should talk with the player and determine his preferences in foods and time to eat. Pre-game meals are important. On average, players should eat 3-4 hours before a game, but this may vary. If no one is home and the player cannot prepare his own meal then plans to reheat a meal should be made. 
  • Support, communication and understanding are vital. The key to success will be communication. Make sure you talk to your player about expectations. Things that are not acceptable in your home may have been in theirs. Unless addressed, little things may develop into big problems.
  • The hockey team enforces curfew and rules on alcohol and banned substances; this is addressed to the entire team during training camp.
  • Girlfriends are expected to leave at curfew; girlfriends are not allowed in the player's bedrooms. Handle this subject pertaining to your house rules. Please notify the club if problems arise from this.
  • Players are not permitted to leave the town without permission from the Coach/General Manager.
  • If you are going away for vacation, please notify the General Manager and accommodations will be provided for your player. 
  • Arrange long distance phone calls with your player, as payment will be their responsibility.
  • Billets families will receive remuneration in the amount of $400 per month.  Billet families also receive 2 season tickets. Host families have included traditional 2-parent families and "empty nesters".  All that's really needed is a willingness to help a player pursue his dream by providing a "home away from home".

 Expectations of the players when billeted: 

  • Respect the billet family and their generosity
  • Your billet family's belongings should always be treated with utmost care.
  • Be pleasant, courteous and helpful at all times.
  • Long distance phone costs will be your responsibility.
  • Players are to stay at their own billets home each night unless they have been given specific permission from the coaching staff. If this has been arranged you must notify your billet family.
  • Please inform your billets if you will not be home for dinner.
  • Please keep your room tidy and clean.
  • It is not an expectation for a billet family to supply you with a computer.

In reality not every player/family match will be met with success. Sometimes expectations/chemistry might be lacking and the player requests to be moved or the billet family requests a change. If this happens we will make our best attempt towards making the necessary changes to ensure that everyone is happy and comfortable. Communication regarding this is very important and must be addressed. Billet families have been interviewed and have met the requirements but at the same time problems can arise. If this is not communicated we have no idea a problem exists.

Your willingness to "rise up" and to help these young athletes achieve their goals and aspirations of one day making the professional ranks will be an everlasting experience. By sharing your home, families, and time a billet family will build a lasting relationship with the player, organization, and community.

For more information or to become a billet family, please contact our billet coordinator Linda Lamorie at basslakelamories@ontera.net or (705) 356-4937.