Each season the Boston Jr Rangers EHL and EHLP Junior hockey teams have players ages 16-20 from all over the world who leave their families and friends and move away from home to play the game they love. To take advantage of the opportunity to develop themselves on and off the ice, our players need families willing to open up their homes.
Our host families play a vital role in the long-term success of our players. The families prove to be great role models and provide a supportive family environment that will make a significant difference in the lives of these players. It is our goal to provide our players with the best “home away from home” and to make this a great experience for both the player and the host family. Some families will host two players as they then travel together and are the company for each other.
Rich DeCaprio and Keith Aucoin, who coach the Jr. Rangers Junior teams, help to coordinate and oversee the process throughout the year. Host families are extremely important to the Jr. Rangers players and the organization. Host families become a part of the Jr. Rangers team and family.
Every year the Boston Jr Rangers will welcome players from around the world to become part of its outstanding development hockey program. Our out-of-town players want to experience their time away from their families in a caring environment and to have a home away from home.
Frequently asked questions about housing a player
A sensitive and patient family! It can be overwhelming for a player to be away from home. A thoughtful billet family appreciates that each player is unique and that communication and mutual understanding take effort.
Yes. Two (or more) players can share transportation expenses and often times provide camaraderie for one another. All of our players fill out a detailed application and must comply with specific guidelines for behavior and academic performance.
We ask that you provide:
- A separate room and closet for a player, or shared room and bath if hosting more than one player.
- Desk and chair, Internet access, and furnishings as you might find in a dorm room
- Nutritious meals. (Players are responsible for meal expenses when traveling.)
- A patient, caring and friendly home atmosphere
- The same guidance and attention you would want for your children.
- A new perspective on hockey as seen through the eyes of your player.
- The opportunity to make a difference to a young player and help him toward his dreams.
- A monthly stipend of $550
- Invitation to and recognition at the Jr Rangers year-end banquet.
Our billets are interested in sharing their lifestyle in a positive and mutually rewarding way and can offer a safe, secure and welcome home to learn and grow in. Even the most self-assured players appreciate good quality time with their billet family. Is everyone in your household ready to accept some one new into your home? If willing, this experience can be tremendous for all involved.