TRI-STATE spartans




We aim to expose the top-level players in the area to the vast hockey opportunities that are more readily available to the players in larger more traditional hockey markets. The Tri-State Spartans hockey program will help show a clear path of opportunities to both players and families, which will allow the players to showcase themselves both as hockey players and as young men to the hockey people at the next levels.


Mission Statement

Our goal is to bring these elite players together and challenge them with elite training, provide them elite coaching, develop their elite skills, expose them to elite competition, and continually stress the importance of their academics, so they will have the best opportunity to advance to the next levels both as a student and athlete.

Making it


To keep the Spartans affordable, families are encouraged to carpool or billet with teammates on HPW’s or home weekends. The game schedule is also made early, where family’s know what weekends they will be traveling to and where (times and opponents may not be known until the week before). In addition, team sponsorships and fundraising can help lower team fees.



Judi Kremer 
18U AAA Team Manager
Chris Lipsett 



Ryan McGinnis 
18U Gold Head Coach
Casey Osting 
15U Head Coach
Mark Dych 
16U Head Coach
Ron Leef 
14U Head Coach
Iain Fraser 
Head Coach
Frank Banham 
13U AAA Head Coach
Jan Jas 
12U AAA Head Coach
Andrew Kremer 
11U AAA Head Coach
Brett Annetts 
10U AAA Head Coach



To become a Coach with the Spartans, there are certain requirements which need to be completed to ensure all coaches are screened and trained for their duties.

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to the Tristate Spartans, both on and off the ice. Tristate Spartans has adopted the USA Hockey policies regarding safety and the SafeSport program. This program provides training and puts systems in place to protect the participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse ad other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players and other participants. These include without limitation Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Screening, Locker Room Supervision and Hazing Policies, in addition to Codes of Conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators. Below are some links for SafeSport Training, Education and Reporting.





Education Resources



National Reporting Center


Southern Amateur Hockey Association


Tristate Spartans SafeSport Coordinator

Chris Powers

One of the challenges for our AAA program is finding families that are willing to host (billet) players from out of town and from other countries.

Our out-of-town players want to experience their time away from their families in a caring environment, and to have a home away from home.  Having a hockey player in your home takes time, patience, and a willingness to share. There are lots of differences - cultural and personal - and both are part of the rewarding experience of welcoming someone new into your home. In many cases, host families make new friends for life.

Frequently asked questions about housing a player:

  1. What makes a great billet?
    • A sensitive and patient family! It can be overwhelming for a player to be so far away from home. A thoughtful billet family appreciates that each player is unique, and that communication and mutual understanding take effort.
  2. May a family host more than one player?
    • Yes. Two (or more) players can share transportation expenses, and often provide camaraderie for one another. All our players fill out a detailed application and must comply with specific guidelines for behavior and academic performance (if applicable).
  3. What am I expected to provide?
    • We ask that you provide:
      A separate room and closet for a player, or shared room and bath if hosting more than one player. 2. Desk and chair, Internet access, and furnishings as you might find in a dorm room. 3.  Nutritious meals. (Billets are not responsible for meal expenses when players are traveling.)   4. Transportation for team practices and activities if player does not have a vehicle or other means of getting to the rink.  5.  A patient, supportive, and friendly home atmosphere. 6. The same guidance and attention you would want for your children.

What you receive in return:

  1. A firsthand understanding of being a hockey fan.
  2. A new perspective on hockey as seen through the eyes of your Tri-State Spartans player.
  3. The opportunity to make a difference to a young player and help him toward his dreams.

Host families receive $400.00 per month to help cover the players stay with you.  Last season we primarily needed housing for the 18U AAA team but we could also need Host families for 16U AAA players as well. If you would be interested in discussing becoming a host family, please contact Judi Kremer.

Judi Kremer (Tri-State Spartans Billet Coordinator):


  • To read an article about billeting from USA Hockey Magazine, click here.

We appreciate you potentially taking an interest in becoming a host family and assisting these young hockey players by opening your home to them.