Tri-City Storm hockey players leave home to play USHL Junior Hockey here in Kearney, NE.  The USHL is the elite league where the best hockey players from North America and around the world come to fulfill their dreams of getting a college scholarship or possibly even getting drafted into the National Hockey League.  This level of hockey is the highest level possible for players between the ages of 16-20
Space and Accommodations:
  • Separate room and closet for each player and shared bath if hosting more than one player
  • Separate area for player/players to have their own down time when needed
  • Internet access and furnishings as you might find in a dorm room
  • Nutritious meals (Tri-City Storm will be responsible for meals when traveling)
  • A patient, caring and friendly home atmosphere
  • The same guidance and attention you would want/give your children
Sensitivity and Patience:

It can be overwhelming for a player and even his parents to be so far away from home.  A thoughtful billet family appreciates that each player is unique and that all communication and mutual understanding takes effort from everyone.

Background Checks:

ALL billets in the USHL are required to pass a background check.  Every person over the age of 17 living in the home will be required to submit and pass a background check

What is a Billet?

A billet is a family where a player lives during the season.  This is a player’s home-away-from-home.

Is there a "Typical" Billet Family?

Billet families may be two-parent families, single parent families, and occasionally an “empty nester”.  The common denominator is a desire by the family to make a difference in a player’s life.

Are Billets paid?

A pre-established fee (stipend) per player is paid to the billet family each month.  This helps with additional expenses, especially food and drink.  Billet families are asked to provide three meals per day and snacks for their player.  Billet families are also given complimentary season tickets for each season they billet.

How long does the player stay?

Players arrive in late August / early September.  Players who are still in high school will stay with the billet family until school gets out in mid-May.  Players who are not in school will leave within a couple days after the season ends.

If you are interested in becoming a Tri-City Storm Billet, please email our housing coordinator Scott White at


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