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Battalion looking for more billet families

The Richardson family loves the experience
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Longtime Battalion billet Greg Richardson with his billet son Riley Bruce and his son Brett at the Billet Appreciation game at Memorial Gardens last March. Photo by Chris Dawson.

The North Bay Battalion is looking for a few good billet families.  

Interested families will receive two tickets to all home Battalion games as well as monthly compensation.   

The Richardson family has been billeting since the team first moved to North Bay in 2013.  

"My husband Greg convinced me to billet the first year by saying 'wouldn't you want Brett to have a family like us for billets,'" said Cathy Richardson.    

"He pulled at my mom heart strings. We have a seriously busy and unpredictable life -one son who plays competitive hockey and the other one with serious health concerns...but could I feed one more guy and provide a healthy, fun home? sure thing."  

Richardson, who has Riley Bruce as a billet, says they aren't responsible for driving the players around. 

"The boys look after each other for transportation," she said.  

But the relationship doesn't come without its challenges.  

"I'd say the biggest challenge with billeting is developing a (somewhat) parental relationship with a complete stranger...literally overnight. What they like to eat (or more what is a deal breaker when it comes to food) and establishing house rules," she said.  

"It took very little time to develop a bond with our billets. They became the third son.We have made life long friends with our players' parents as well. An unexpected but very welcomed bonus!"  

Any families interested in taking in any Battalion players for the upcoming season are asked to contact Assistant GM/Director of Player Development Matt Rabideau at (705) 495-8603 X2705 or email: mrabideau@battalionhockey.com



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