Billeting A Junior Player

Become a Billet Family (hosting a CPP player).

Each season the Central Penn Panthers Junior Hockey Team roster include elite level players primarily from the central PA area — as well as outside the area. To allow these players (from outside the area) to take advantage of the hockey opportunity presented to them, they require housing assistance from families within the community to serve as billet families.

“Billeting” is a hockey tradition and is especially important at the elite level of hockey. This concept involves local host families providing a home to out-of-town, out-of-state or out-of-country players for the hockey season. The billet program also allows these young men to complete their high school educations, take college preparatory classes and/or obtain part-time employment in the local community while pursuing the next step in their hockey careers.

The Central Penn Hockey Program feels that one of the components of success is to provide a comfortable living environment for each of our billet players. One of the most difficult things for the elite level hockey player is moving away from home. Much is expected of these players both on and off the ice and with the added demands of such foreign situations often creates added stress for them. As a result, we strive to find homes that provide a positive family environment. To help alleviate such inherent anxieties, our players, in turn, are strongly encouraged to embrace the challenges of moving into a new household and become actively involved with the family that has so generously welcomed them into their home.

We value the importance of the billet families who open their homes to our players and appreciate the efforts made by the entire family in making our players’ transition easier. Being a billet family can be a very rewarding experience. Strong bonds are often made between the player, his parents and the billet family, which frequently carry on well after the player has moved on to the next level.

These families provide an essential service to the success of the Central Penn Panthers Junior Hockey program. CPP is always in need of families to take in players and provide homes and a family environment. If you are interested in hosting a player or know someone who would be, please contact us at info@centralpennpanthers.com.