The Canmore Eagles hockey team continues its search this summer for billets for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. The team held an information session June 25 for prospective billeting families in Canmore. Head coach Andrew Milne said that they are still looking for 12 beds.
“It’s nothing, you know, new to junior hockey teams, I think, having that uniqueness of Canmore and the housing situation. People don’t necessarily have the extra room. And so we’re continually sort of struggling to find billets.”
The meeting was positive Milne said, as they were able to talk with prospective families and debunk myths around billeting. Notably, he said that people sometimes think a player is a nuisance or that the responsibility is burdensome. In reality, Milne said that a player is a great addition to the home environment.
“The responsibility level for a billet is, essentially, just a bed, room for someone or a place for them to stay, meals and then a hug. And that’s what we tell them [billets]. At the end of the day, these kids are self-sufficient. They are high-level athletes. They don’t need a whole lot of babysitting, for lack of a better term.”
They are in need of 12 beds because billeting is an ongoing issue but they’ve also lost four billets recently. Milne explained that four former billet hosts have moved out of the area. They hoping to deal with billeting sooner rather than later this summer in order to avoid the serious “nerve-wracking” billeting situation they were in last August. The goal right now is to engage potential billet families on the conversation before they hit crisis-mode.