Each season the Walpole Express recruit talented junior hockey players who show great potential to play at the college level, and beyond, who do not live within a reasonable driving distance of the Rodman Arena in Walpole, MA. To take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need families willing to share their homes, and become a “home away from home” for them. The importance of the billet families to the Express organization is immeasurable.
The players range from 16-20 years old. Most will take classes in local colleges, or hold part time jobs while pursuing their hockey opportunities and dreams. In most cases, very strong bonds are made between the player and the billet family as well as with the player’s family. These relationships will often carry on for many years after the player has left the team. Often billet families can be seen following the player during their college career. Our players have proven to be great role models for younger children in the billet family, as they demonstrate hard work and determination to achieve tough goals.