The Prince George Spruce Kings are in need of more billet families for this season. Billets provide room and board for hockey players. While all players currently have housing, there is a chance with trades and injuries more players will need a place to stay. Having a billet creates a “home away from home” where players can learn to balance hockey and other life.
“They can’t live hockey twenty-four hours a day and having a good home to go back to and a good family to live with, it’s a very underrated part of junior hockey and such and integral part of a players development.” said Chad van Diemen, Head Coach, Prince George Spruce Kings.
Marina Turgeon has been hosting players from the Spruce Kings for the last three years. She says the impact they have in her home has been wonderful.
“I have a little girl at home with special needs and they are so great with her.” said Marina Turgeon, Assistant Billet Coordinator, Prince George Spruce Kings. “If you have little kids in your house too that are into hockey, these players can be role models for their children as well.”
She says when a player enters the home it creates a bond that can last a lifetime.
“They’ve been to their weddings, they’ve seen the kids that they’ve had over that span of time, so it can be a lasting friendship.” Turgeon said.
Families are helped with expenses of the player from the organization. For more information on how to become a billet family for the Prince George Spruce Kings visit sprucekings.bc.ca