Congratulations are in order for two former North Okanagan Knights!
Former 2015/2016 North Okanagan Knights 17 year old right winger Ryan Moon has signed with the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in the British Columbia Hockey League. Ryan was nominated for Rookie of the Year last season with the Knights.
Former 2014-2016 North Okanagan Knights 20 year old left winger Colin Robin has signed with the Neepawa Natives Hockey Club in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Colin has made the jump to Junior “A” as a 20 year old rookie.
- To develop young men of good character and integrity who will be good role models in our society.
- To have these young men demonstrate strong values through discipline and hard work.
- To develop player excellence in education and in hockey; to promote their future in these areas.Billet Families Needed
Billet Families Needed
Each season the North Okanagan Knights Hockey Club recruit talented hockey players who show great potential to play at the Junior level. In order 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. The importance of a billet family to the Knights Organization is immeasurable.
Many of our billet families have done this over many years for many players that have come from all over Canada and the United States. These boys range in age from 16 to 20 and will be attending High School, College or University and may hold part time jobs while they live in our community and represent our team while pursuing their hockey dreams.
In most cases, very strong bonds are made between the player and his billet family as well as the player’s family. These relationships will often carry on for years after the player has graduated from the team. Often billet families can be seen following “their” player in his future career in College, Semi-Pro or Pro. Our players have proven to be great role models for younger children in the billet home demonstrating hard work and determination to achieve tough goals.
What is Expected of the Billet Family?
The player needs a room of his own or can share a room with another team member. He needs a bed and dresser and some closet space. The billet family is required to provide meals for the player (occasionally it will be the responsibility of the player to prepare his own meal). Players are expected to provide their own personal care items, cell phones, media equipment and to take care of their own transportation needs (most will have their own vehicle). The Knights Organization will provide a set of house rules to the player and the billet family. This will help go a long way to prepare the player in his new surroundings.
What Is Expected of the Player?
Players must adhere to all team and house rules and show respect and consideration towards all family members. The generosity of a billet family will not be taken for granted. The General Manager of the Hockey Club will maintain contact with the billet family and the player to ensure that both are enjoying the experience.
How Long Is the Billet Family Commitment?
Depending on the team’s success, this could be from mid-August to the end of April. Most players will go home during the Christmas break or as the schedule permits.
To cover expenses, billet families are paid monthly for each player in their home. Some families have found it easier to house two players as they can travel together and provide company for each other.
Billet families have included the traditional two parent families, single parent families and “empty-nesters”. All that is required is the willingness to provide a “Home Away from Home” for a player that has made the commitment to pursue the dream of furthering his hockey career with the North Okanagan Knights.
If you are interested in becoming a billet family or would like more information, please contact Bryant Perrier at 250-488-0874 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org