Bil­let fam­i­lies score life­time re­la­tion­ships

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The Drumheller Dragons have 17 bil­let fam­i­lies to host up to 23 play­ers dur­ing the sea­son and Cor­rine Col­lett spoke with

about her ex­pe­ri­ence. Col­lett had three sons who grew up play­ing hockey and she was al­ways the man­ager of their teams and their dad was al­ways the coach. “I’ve been in­volved with hockey for over 18 years.” said Col­lett.

Cur­rently, Col­lett has two play­ers, #17 Clint Fil­brandt from Cal­gary and # 14 Matt Muzyka from Con­necti­cut.

“Th­ese bil­leted kids come into your life and they are part of your fam­ily from the minute they get here.” said Col­lett. When speak­ing with about day to day liv­ing with two play­ers, Col­lete said: “De­pend­ing on the in­di­vid­ual player, as they have dif­fer­ent eat­ing habits, and if they eat fruit, veg­eta­bles, meat as well as Ga­torade, bot­tled wa­ter and pro­tein bars, it can be a lit­tle bit more ex­pen­sive. Game night, the play­ers mostly eat pasta, chicken or fish, per­haps a spinach salad or some­thing sim­i­lar to that. They don’t re­ally eat a lot at meal­time and it is no dif­fer­ent than your own kids around home. The dif­fer­ence is that play­ers just eat all day. It’s al­ways nu­tri­tious, not a lot of junk food, mainly pro­tein snacks, fruits and veg­eta­bles. One of my kids came from Con­necti­cut and doesn’t have his own ve­hi­cle but his room­mate does and they look af­ter each other.”

Col­lett con­tin­ued, “I’ve had the same kids year af­ter year, but last year they both left for the WHL, Ryan Jevne who now plays for the Tigers in Medicine Hat and Carter Czaikowski who plays for the Port­land Win­ter­hawks. I keep in con­tact with ev­ery kid I have ever bil­leted and one player, Har­ri­son Hen­drix is now in his third year at Queens Univer­sity in Kingston, On­tario and ev­ery year at Christ­mas he calls and he tries to see her ev­ery sum­mer.”

“It is very re­ward­ing. I have been so lucky, the great­est kids, and it’s mostly fun and they grow up be­fore your eyes, it’s pretty cool. Bil­let fam­i­lies are pro­vided with sea­son passes for home games and I’ve at­tended ev­ery sin­gle game and some­times go to the away games. Then the Dragons have their windup ban­quet and the kids pack up and they’re gone. It’s pretty tough to see them go.” ex­pressed Col­lett.

If you think you would be in­ter­ested and your fam­ily would be a good match, please con­tact the Dragons Bil­let Co­or­di­na­tor, Cor­rine Col­lett (403) 821-4502 or email her at cor­ or cor­rinecol­

At home, be­fore the game, l-r: Lint Fil­brandt, Cor­rinne Col­lett and Matt Muzyka.

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