SALEM - Each season the Cyclones Hockey Club recruits talented junior hockey players from across the country, Canada, and Europe. These players show great potential to play at the college level, and beyond but do not live within a reasonable driving distance of the arena.
To take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need families willing to share their homes, and become a “home away from home” for them. These boys, ages ranging from 16-20, have been able to complete their high school educations, take classes in local colleges, or hold part time jobs while pursuing their hockey opportunities and dreams. In most cases, very strong bonds are made between the player and his billet family as well as with the player’s family.
These players have proven to be great role models for younger children in the billet family, as they demonstrate hard work and determination to achieve tough goals. The player needs a bed, bureau, closet space and a desk or table and chair. Families receive a monthly billeting stipend for each player. Some have found it easier to house two players as they then travel together and are company for each other. Host families have included traditional 2-parent families, single-parent families and “empty-nesters” too. All that’s really needed is a willingness to help a player pursue his dream by providing a good home. The players arrive mid- August, go home for a few weeks over the holidays and leave at the end of March when the hockey season ends.
If you are interested in the possibility of being a host, please call Monica Dufresne at 603-880-4424. Your willingness to share your home and family is all it takes, and you will truly make a difference in a player’s life.