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Dirksen Family Awarded as USHL Billet Family of Year Honoree

By Ben Gislason , 04/21/20, 3:00PM CDT

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CHICAGO – Buccaneers’ Billet Family, the Dirksen’s, have been recognized as one of the USHL Billet Families of the Year, as was announced earlier today by the USHL. 

"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 Tom Garrity, USHL President & Commissioner. "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."

Brian and Megan, along with their children, Ethan & Laney, have billeted for three seasons now with the Bucs. Throughout this season they billeted seven different Buccaneers, including Matt Choupani and Ben Murray.

They have been nothing but wonderful to work with and have been a welcomed addition to the billet families and our organization,” Billet Coordinator Robin Benkufski said. “We have relied on them in times of great need and they have never let us down. Whether it is a late-night player arrival or a last-minute trade, they have always stepped up. The home is a welcoming and caring environment for a home away from home. It would be a worry off of a mother's mind, to know their son is with the Dirksen's. 

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