Seeking a ‘Home Away From Home’

The Rochester Ice Hawks are seeking Host Families for the 2017-18 season in the greater Rochester area. Host Families may be two parent, ‘empty nest’ homes or single parent families. The players aged 16 to 20, come to Rochester from throughout the US to pursue their dreams of college hockey.

Host families receive a monthly stipend and also receive season tickets. The friendship and support that host families provide has a profound impact on players lives and their development: Strong friendships with players and their parents are often developed.

Players will need a room or may share one with a teammate. Players take meals with the family and follow house rules. They are expected to help with household tasks and may serve as ‘big brother’ for children living in the home.

Players have their own transportation or share rides with teammates. Often Billet Families find it
convenient to have two players since they are on the same schedule and they are able to help and support each other. Players are closely monitored by the Ice Hawks and follow team and USA Hockey behavior standards.

Please consider helping these student/athletes by providing a home and family away from home.

Host Families provide:
• A stable home away from home
• Bedroom or private area of the house
• Guidance and friendship that nurtures player development
• Food prepared by host or player for himself

Host Families receive:
• Monthly compensation paid directly by the Ice Hawks
• Season tickets for each family member in the household
• A role model or “big brother” for children
• A lasting relationship.

If you are Interested in learning more about the program, contact ‘Doc’ Fatis, G.M. at 507 358-3095 or email to


Host families have the opportunity to actively participate in the nationally recognized athlete development program affiliated with USA Hockey. The Ice Hawks are a MN not for profit organization with Federal 501 c 4 status