Join The Team!
Do you want to contribute to the Ice Dogs organization in some way but didn’t know how?
Right now there is an incredible opportunity to be a key component of the hockey team: become an Ice Dog Billet Family!
Players in the North American Hockey League come from all corners of the country and around the globe–last year alone the NAHL boasted players from Canada, Norway and Japan, among others–and when they arrive in Fairbanks they need a place to live during the season.
This is where host families–or “billets”–come in, performing the incredibly vital job of providing Ice Dog hockey players with a place to live while these young men chase their dream of playing ice hockey at the collegiate and professional levels.
Housing families invite these Fairbanks players into their homes to be a part of their family for eight months out of the year. In turn the players, age 16-20, take part in many aspects of normal family life with their billets, from family meals to taking on active “big brother” roles at times with their younger billet brothers and sisters in their homes away from home.
The unique bonds your family will form with the player(s) you house will last a lifetime. It is not uncommon for players, years after their time in the league, to keep in close contact with their former billet family: keeping them informed of their collegiate, professional and family lives and, in many cases, even inviting their former billets to their weddings!
Ice Dog players report to Fairbanks in late August and stay until the end of the regular season in early April. If (when?) the Ice Dogs qualify for the playoffs, the players stay through the end of the postseason and, hopefully, the celebration of the Robertson Cup championship!
The players adhere to a strict set of rules while in Fairbanks – rules that are observed at the rink and at home. Family rules are also part of the guidelines for the boys.
The Ice Dogs are always looking for housing families, both short-term and long-term. If you have questions or you are interested in becoming a billet family, please contact the Ice Dogs office at (907) 452-2111.