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New Hampshire

August 14, 2013

Hockey players need host families

Each season, the Cyclones Hockey Club recruits talented junior hockey players from across the country, Canada and Europe.

These players show great potential to play at the college level and beyond, but do not live within a reasonable driving distance of the arena.

To take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need families willing to share their homes, and become a “home away from home” for them.

These boys, ages ranging from 16 to 20, have been able to complete their high school educations, take classes in local colleges, or hold part-time jobs while pursuing their hockey opportunities and dreams.

In most cases, very strong bonds are made between the player and his billet family as well as with the player’s family.

The players have proven to be great role models for younger children in the billet family, as they demonstrate hard work and determination to achieve tough goals.

The player needs a bed, bureau, closet space and a desk or table and chair.

Families receive a monthly billeting stipend for each player. Some have found it easier to house two players as they then travel together and are company for each other.

Host families have included traditional two-parent families, single-parent families and “empty-nesters,” too.

All that’s really needed is a willingness to help a player pursue his dream by providing a good home.

The players arrive mid- August, go home for a few weeks over the holidays and leave at the end of March, when the hockey season ends.

Anyone interested in the possibility of being a host is asked to call Monica Dufresne at 880-4424.

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