ith the 2014 NA3HL draft finished and their inaugural season around the corner, the Point Mallard Ducks are seeking local families to serve as a host home for a player or players. The role of a billet family contributes significantly to the development and advancement of these young men, and the bond formed between billet families and junior players can last a lifetime.
Junior hockey ages vary from 16 to 20 years old. For younger players still in high school, it is critical to provide a safe and sound home. These players make the sacrifice to move away from home for most of the year to pursue their hockey dreams, and having a good family host for these young student-athletes is a critical part of their development.
Players will live with their billet family for the eight months they are in Decatur playing for the Ducks, from late August through March. Many NHL players maintain close relationships with their billet families and credit them with helping them achieve their hockey dreams.
Billet families must provide a separate bedroom and provide healthy, wholesome meals. Billet families are compensated $295 per month along with 2 season tickets for every player. Players provide their own transportation and phones. They will enter the billet family’s home with the utmost respect and appreciation and will follow all house rules. The Point Mallard Ducks program has zero tolerance for negative behavior off the ice.
Anyone interested in serving as a billet family should contact Ducks’ Housing and Hockey Coordinator, Terri Mashburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256.341.4913. Additional information may be obtained from the Point Mallard Ducks’ website at www.pointmallardducks.com or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pointmallardducks or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PM_ducks.
About the Ducks:
The Point Mallard Ducks, Alabama’s first and only junior A hockey team, is a member of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), one of six USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior Leagues. The team plays and practices in the Point Mallard Ice Complex located in Decatur, Alabama. For more information, visit www.pointmallardducks.com.