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Battalion seeking billet families

'It is about finding the right fit and hopefully, we can create a bond that lasts long after four years of junior hockey'
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Brandon Coe celebrates a goal. Photo by Tom Martineau/BayToday.

Adam Dennis believes that billet families may be the most underrated members of their junior hockey team.  

The Battalion organization is seeking at least two more new billet families for the upcoming 2020-21 OHL season. 

He says having good billets is very important.  

"I think it is absolutely crucial," said Dennis, noting that billet families to get paid monthly for offering the service. 

"I think that is a big concern when some of our players come into the OHL is from a parenting perspective that mom and dad are worried about where they are going to be and from a kids perspective it is probably the first time they have had an extended time away from home so they really do become a second family for them."  

Dennis, who understands the billeting experience from his days in the OHL with the London Knights and Guelph Storm, says new players are making a lot of adjustments when coming to a new town. 

He believes a good billet family can really help soften that transition period - especially when it is the players first time living away from home.  

"There are a lot of factors that come in so having that comforting environment really gives such an impact to the players," explained Dennis.  

"I know from my own personal experience my billets played a big role in my development and it is not just in hockey it is as a person and this is an important time in these kids' lives. It is so important to have a welcoming family. We don't always talk about them but they are really the unsung heroes of our organization and they need to be recognized." 

For more information about becoming a billet, you can email Adam Dennis at Adennis@battalionhockey.com 


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