Melissa and Paul Seeber of Hudson are the Waterloo Black Hawks’ Billet Family of the Year and are among 16 host families – one from each team – the United States Hockey League is saluting as part of a new program this spring.
The Seebers completed their seventh season as Black Hawks housing parents in 2019/20. Four fulltime Waterloo players – Connor Caponi, Kyle Haskins, Dane Montgomery, and Mason Reiners – were staying at their home in Hudson by the end of 2019/20, in addition to four affiliate players who were briefly with the team at different times throughout the season.
Melissa Seeber has been the Black Hawks’ Housing Coordinator since 2018.
“She has been great to work with,” said Black Hawks Assistant Coach Taylor Ward, adding, “Melissa is a great communicator between billet parents and the team. In that role, she has been very giving with her time to make sure our players have the best possible experience during their time in Waterloo.”
Professionally, Melissa Seeber is an attorney. Paul Seeber is a software engineer for John Deere. Ward adds that the Seebers’ professional experience puts them in position to offer insight to the future college hockey players who will be advancing to the NCAA after their junior careers.
This is the first season the USHL has recognized a billet family from each team.
"We want to thank every single family that serves as a billet for our players. We started this award this year to recognize their selflessness," said USHL President & Commissioner Tom Garrity. "While we know every single one of our billet families for all 16 of our Member Clubs welcome our players with open arms as if they're members of their own family, we are excited that going forward, our clubs will be able to highlight one of these outstanding families each season. Their commitment to shaping these young men's careers and personalities during their time in the USHL is exemplary and we are continually amazed by the dedication they show in serving as a billet family."
To learn more about Waterloo Black Hawks host family program, visit waterlooblackhawks.com/housing.