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Tailing the Komets

Want to host a hockey player?

The Ft Wayne Federals Junior Hockey team is looking for local families to host our out of town players through the hockey season. Host families welcome our players into their homes to be a part of their family for seven months out of the year. Host families receive $300.00 per month from the player towards his food and housing. With some exceptions, most players are responsible for their own transportation. We also require they go to school, hold a part time job or are active in volunteer work in the community.

The host families are a huge part to the success of any junior organization. When the players' families send their sons to another state, the players and parents trust us to provide them with a good home. With your help, their time with their host family can be some of the best memories they will carry with them from their time in junior hockey. For many of the players this is their first time being away from their friends and family. Their host family becomes their adopted family. Although the hosts receive some monetary compensation, the lasting relationships that are formed are often the more valued aspect of hosting. These players age range from 16-20 and want to take part in many aspects of a normal family life with their hosts from family meals to taking on active "big brother" roles with the younger host brother and sister.

When a family volunteers to host a player, they are required to provide players with their own room (unless you take in two players, then they may share a room), food that is available for the player to prepare or the Host to prepare and access to laundry facilities. We want players to feel like family and not just a renter. There are rules that the player must abide by and we expect our Host's to enforce these team rules. The Host must also communicate their own house rules with these players. A Host family also receives four complimentary season passes for all home games.

If you are interested in Hosting a player or two or have more questions; please contact Susie Thomas at 260.615.8888 - OR - Email coach@ftwaynefederals.com

Thank you for your support for the Ft Wayne Federals Junior Hockey team!
Kevin Shupenia, Head Coach and General Manager


Mon, 08/13/2012 - 9:06pm

We talked to Susie and Coach Shupenia, and have already sent in our application.