The Shreveport Mudbugs are looking for good homes to house Mudbugs Hockey Players for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. 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, Russia, Sweden, and Slovakia, among others–and when they arrive in Shreveport, they need a place to live and feel welcomed during the season. This is where host families/billet families are very important, by performing the incredibly vital job of providing Mudbugs hockey players with a place to live while these young men are away from their families to chase their dream of playing ice hockey at the collegiate and professional levels.
Billet families invite these players into their homes to be a part of their family for eight months out of the year. They are not a tenant but a part of your family. The unique bonds your family will form with the player(s) you house 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. It is easy to become a housing family for the Shreveport Mudbugs, with a few requirements.
- Provide a separate private bedroom
- Daily meals/nutritional food for each player you house
- Players provide their own transportation and cell phones
Mudbugs players report to Shreveport in late August and stay until the end of the regular season and through March for playoffs. If the Mudbugs qualify for the playoffs the player may be there until mid April. The players adhere to a strict set of rules while in Shreveport, which are observed at the rink and at home. Family/house rules are also part of the guidelines for the boys.
Mudbugs Hockey is looking for billet families, both short-term and long-term. If you have questions or are interested in becoming a billet family, please contact Karen Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (318) 636-7094.