May 24, 2022

Midwest Jr. Blackbird Hockey

United States Premier Hockey League

Host Families

WANTED:  2022/2023 Billet Families

Become a Billet Family for a Jr. Blackbird this season

The Jr. Blackbirds have recruited talented junior hockey players who show great potential to play at the college level and beyond! Since not all of the players live within a reasonable driving distance of Midwest Training and Ice, we reach out to members of the Saint John community who are willing to become a “home away from home” for the players. The importance of billet families to the Blackbirds organization is immeasurable!

Players range from 16 to 20 years old with most taking classes in local colleges or holding part time jobs. Strong bonds are often made between the players and their billet families. Relationships made will often carry on for many years even after the player has left our team.

What is expected of a host family?

The willingness to help young players. We ask that players receive a room of their own, or one that they can share with a team member. The Jr. Blackbirds billet coordinator will explain team guidelines and expectations.

How long is a host family’s commitment?

The commitment can vary among player. Most players are with the host family during the hockey season. Others need to complete the school year. Some players return home for the weekends or as their schedule permits. All players go home over the holidays.

What is expected of the player?

Players are expected to adhere to all team and house rules. We expect that players show respect to their host families.  In most instances, the player will house with one of our rink members, with children skating in our developmental program.

Words from our Billet Families

“Watching the players grow and advance in their hockey career is always exciting!” – Zack Kane

“We love billeting because the boys are great role models for our son. They become family and we are so glad they will be returning for another hockey season. GO BLACKBIRDS!” – Keene Family

When a host family invites a hockey player into their home to billet for the season, lifelong bonds are formed and the hockey player has a chance to play hockey in places and levels that would not be possible without our host families! Thank you for all you have done to assist in keeping hockey growing and thriving!

Please consider making room in your home for the upcoming 2022/2023 USPHL season.


Billeting Coordinator: Kara Manojlovich
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 219-558-8811

Midwest Blackbirds