Where will I live
For most players coming into the USHL, it is the first time they have been away from home, therefore USHL organizations take great care in providing an environment to support a player’s growth not only on the ice, but away from the rink. A special group of people in each USHL community open their homes to serve as billet families to these elite hockey players. These families provide all the comforts of home for a player in order to cultivate hockey development, academic pursuits, and growth as a human being.
A player is fully integrated into their new home and “second family”, promoting a smooth adjustment that helps make his time in the USHL a rewarding experience and creates relationships that can last a lifetime.
My experience was really good because I had a great billet family. They have a nice house I had great meals every night because my house mom is a great cook. It wasn't as difficult to adjust living away from home like I would have expected because I didn't have to change a whole lot or deal with a family that had different values or expectations. I felt like I was still at home with my family.
- Matt Farris, Princeton University (Sioux Falls Stampede, 2007-10)
There really wasn’t that one moment where someone had to break the ice. I felt comfortable with my family the first day I got here. They’re such passionate people who truly care about you – and that shows in the number of old players who still call the house years after they’ve gone.
- Mike Chiasson (Omaha Lancers, 2009-11)