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Save-On-Foods Billet Families of the Month: January

The BCHL and Save-On-Foods are proud to once again recognize billet families from across the league for going the extra mile to support BCHL players off the ice with the Billet Families of the Month award.

Throughout the season, the league will recognize one billet family from each team and the outstanding work they do to support junior hockey in their community.

Save-On-Foods will donate a $100 grocery gift card card to each of the families honoured as BCHL Billet Families of the Month.

With so many fantastic billet families across the league, the BCHL and Save-On-Foods could not be happier to recognize just a few of these great people in our communities.

For January, we recognize billets from the Merritt Centennials, Nanaimo Clippers and Penticton Vees.

Merritt Centennials

Family: Peter Schmid and Shannon Dunn

Billets since: 2013

Current billeted player: Mark Thurston


“It is important to us be a billet family for the Centennials for many reasons. Obviously, Merritt is a small town and, outside of hockey, training and school, there aren’t too many ‘distractions’ for the boys, so having a home to begin and end your day with becomes even more important. We have loved these boys becoming part of our family, the neighborhood and community at large – everyone knows who the Cents are and it is a great feeling being part of the team!”

-Peter Schmid and Shannon Dunn

Nanaimo Clippers

Family: Debbie & Marcel Harilstad

Billets since: 2017

Current billeted players: Willyam Gendron & Shane Shelest


“We want to give the boys a place they can call home. These boys become an extension of our family”

-Debbie & Marcel Harilstad

Penticton Vees

Family: Courtney & Keith Jones

Billets since: 2022

Current billeted players: Brett Moravec & Billy Norcross


“Giving back to the community is really important to us. We wanted to help the local team and give young men a safe, welcoming environment when playing away from home. Brett and Billy have fit in so well with our family. They have been a great addition to the family.”

-Courtney & Keith Jones


Save-On-Foods is excited to celebrate the commitment of billet families across the BCHL. These unsung heroes of junior hockey provide caring, safe and supportive homes for hundreds of young athletes in pursuit of their dreams. Save-On-Foods salutes these amazing members of our communities for ‘Going the Extra Mile’ to keep junior hockey thriving in B.C. To find a store near you or shop online, visit