With the AJHL season expected to begin in the fall, the Lloydminster Bobcats are taking in applications for new billet families.
Bobcats Head Coach and General Manager Nigel Dube, says the team has enough families for their current players, but in-season roster moves could create the need for more.
Dube mentions the billet program has been well-received by the players and families in their community.
“We’ve talked to our billets from last season, and we got a lot of positive feedback. They’re excited about the season, and they’re excited for hockey to get back and be a part of our daily lives like we’re used to,” said Dube.
“We have unbelievable billets. We’ve done easter hampers, we did the Christmas packages last year, we barbecue together, and it creates that family and that’s one of our core values. If you come to a Bobcats game, usually by the second or third game, you know all of them.”
Players who are coming up from The States will be tested for COVID-19, and will need to self-isolate as per federal regulations.
He adds the players and families can form lasting and meaningful relationships in their time together.
Dube claims he still keeps in contact with billets from his days as an athlete.
“You get to watch them play hockey, watch them develop as hockey players and develop as young men. If you go back and look at the hockey players who are probably getting married, usually a person at their wedding is their billet from when they played junior hockey, so those connections last a lifetime.”
Anyone interested in becoming a billet or would like more information can contact the Bobcats through email at email@example.com or by calling (780) 871-0900.