Deby in Washington
Just wanted to let you know that I am a Capitals' fan and last month I went to watch them pratice; and afterwards Craig Billington gave us his autograph. We saw him play last November vs Nashville - he is really a nice person. Anyway, I enjoyed visiting your web site!
Hi Stephen: Your Biller website is great! I discovered Biller when he came to Boston in 1995 (my husband is a diehard Bruins fan). I admit, I started liking Craig because he was cute and my husband was pleased because I was watching games with him-but the more I learned about Craig through Boston Herald articles and bits of information provided on NESN, the more I grew to respect him as a person. His work ethic and the manner in which he conducts himself is nothing short of inspiring. Since 1995, I have collected his cards and also hang a Biller hockey card in my work cubicle for career inspiration. I can sort of relate to Craig's NHL career path as my performance appraisals at work have always classified me as "solid", "dependable" and "a true team player". I have also been moved to various supervisors for these reasons (sound familiar?). Anyway, I thought that myself, along with my best friend (she's a big Biller fan too), were the only two people that appreciated Craig Billington as a goalie and as a person. It's nice to know there are others out there that see what we see. Once again, thanks for making it possible via this awesome website!
PS--My 4 year old son may soon be the youngest Biller fan! He's asked me several times, "Who's Billington?" Between me and my friend, we'll get him on the right path!!!!
Just happened across your page & thought I would do my goodbye to Craig here...As a resident of Denver Colorado I have come to respect the talents of Craig Billington tremendously.He always gets the job done, with no complaints for being in the shadow of Roy.I had the good fortune to meet Craig on a couple of occassions & he is by far one of the nicest pro.athletes I've been around.I hate to see him go,but I think in the long run it will be the best thing for him. Maybe this way he'll get a little more ice time & the chance to learn from another one of the games best goalies.So long Biller,we're all gonna miss you here in Denver! I wish you the best of luck in Washington, except of course when you play against the Avs!!!
Our son is going back in July for his second year at Craig's goaltending school. He had a great experience last summer and can't wait to go back this year.
You definitely have picked a wonderful person as your favorite hockey player. Although Jeff Hackett (Canadiens goalie) is my son's favorite player, Craig is right up there on the list behind him after he had the opportunity to get to know him last year. He is great with kids and a wonderful instructor and role model.
The Harris Family
I have enjoyed wandering about your Craig Billington tribute site on the web. A nice piece of work.
My son, Kristian, is going back to Craig's goaltending school for the fourth time. Because of our close contact with Craig over those summer weeks, we always try to follow his play in the NHL and cheer him on from a distance even though he can't hear us.
For anyone considering his school, I consider it to be one of the best. The goalies are always busy, even when they're not in the net. Craig loves to help the kids - but hates the parents! I can live with that quirk when I see Kris improve with each day with Craig.
I think Craig would be a fine front line goalie for any team, but he has been pigeon-holed as a backup goalie and doesn't get the consideration he is worthy of. Too bad!
Thanks for giving me the enjoyment of your Billington
As a long time Bulls' fan, (a season ticket holder since 1982), I am most pleased to see that some former Bulls are thought of so much by their fans that web sites are dedicated to them. Your site about Craig Billington is * E X C E L L E N T *. You would be happy to know that Craig was recently named the Bulls' all-time goalie, and we have had some excellent ones.
Glad to know that Biller is appreciated! he's a good guy, very nice. I'm sure he's happy to know that even though he doesn't get the media attention some of the other players get, the fans appreciate him. i guess you are a bruins fan. i am a die hard avalanche fan (as you could tell from my email address...RoyPer33@aol.com).
keep up the good work!
I just wanted to compliment you on your very cool tribute to Biller! As you can see by my address (Billersgrl@aol.com), I too am a Biller fan, although not quite as long-time as you... since he came to my hometown Avalanche I have been very impressed with him, mainly as a goalie since I haven't had the privilege of meeting him, although I've heard nothing but good stuff about him off the ice as well. It's been great this last week seeing him being so awesome in goal... last night Mike Haynes, the Avs' radio play-by-play guy, commented that he hoped Roy could live up to the standard Biller had been setting lately! Keep up the great work, and go Biller!!
I am a goalie's dad..and have sent him to Craig's camp for 2+ years. His school is for the kids.....HE DOESN'T LIKE the parents around because he feels they are in the way (my own opinion).
The camp is so well structured that each time my son is there he comes back so enthused, I can't keep him off the ice.
Craig was here in Washington D.C. last season for 1 game and he made the effort to call my son to say hey..............We were abe to see him after the game..always a pat on the back and a word of confidence for a kid........
NOW THAT'S A PRO
Bob A. Cohn D.V.M.
(ed. note: This is by far the coolest thing I've heard about Craig!!)
I was surfin for some new goalie equip. and ran into your page. I am just getting back into the game after a 4 yr. layoff. I attended Billers' camp in Gravenhurst? Ontario in the early '90s. He was with the devils and i had the pleasure of seeing him play in Utica, NY near my home town. He has a sound school and is a dedicated individual. I am very happy to see him still in action.
best to you and i will keep up-to-date with your page.
Your article definitely tells it like it is. Craig is one of the nicest guys around and is an excellent role model. I met Craig in High School in London and he was a down to earth guy then about his success. It is too bad that he doesn't receive more publicity. Stars shine in many different ways.
I just finished reading through your Craig Billington Tribute page and was truly impressed.
I have been a Billington fan ever since his Ottawa Senators days. I worked in the building that he lived in, so I got to see him everyday. I went to as many Senators games as I could and, although I was sad to hear of his trade to Boston, I was happy because I knew that it was a great career move for him - being traded to Ottawa seems to hurt, and not help, NHL players' careers.
I "followed" him to Boston (and bought myself a Bruins jersey with a number 1 on the back and sleeves and Billington across the shoulders) and then to Colorado (where I got myself an Avalacnhe jersey decorated the same way) and was ecstatic for Craig when they re-signed him and also gave him the raise he so well deserves.
I have binders full of articles on Craig and collect as much as I possbily can on him. I read all the other messages that you received and one mentioned Craig's own website. Would that be the one for his Goalie School, or does he have his own personal website?
Anyway, thanks for sharing all the information that you have on Craig with the rest of us. He is definitely a star on and off the ice. I'm sure Craig fans everywhere join me in wishing him the best of luck for two more (at least) outstanding seasons with the Avalanche!
If you or any of your other readers wish to discuss Craig, or anything else, with me please feel free to e-mail me at (in tribute to Craig): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, again, for a wonderful tribute!!
hello...not much more can be said about your site and detailed interest in Craig's career. I haven't really being following him lately but i'm glad to see he resigned with Colorado, although now being in Ottawa, i would like to see him still here. I first became a fan on Craig's when I was in elementary school and went with my mother to the Belleville Bulls games...we had season tickets! In grade 7 we were forced to do a oral presentation and i chose craig as my subject. I went over to his billets one night and squeaked out some questions. He was a super nice guy and was humbled by my gesture. I still may have the tape of the interview somewhere. He was definitely a fan favourite when he played in Belleville.
Anyhow, great site and I hope Craig all the best in the future!
My name is Monika and I just found your site on Craig Billington. I thought you did a wonderful job and was impressed. I've been a die-hard Bruins fan for a number of years and became a fan of Biller when he arrived a few years ago. I even had the opportunity to meet him in Boston. He was very warm and friendly toward my mom and myself. He could see I was nervous but he immediately knew how to put me at ease. I even spent a good 25 minutes talking to him about his career and my future plans! I was quite upset when the Bruins let him go but I'll always be a fan of his. If you want to talk about him, you can reach me at : email@example.com. Bye!
Well, it's nice to see some attention played to one of the unsung heroes of the game (and Lord knows there are so many players who have had their contributions to hockey go virtually unnoticed), but I can't claim to be completely impartial as Craig happens to be my stepbrother.
I was actually updating my "favourites" folder on my browser and saw the address for your tribute page and I couldn't resist checking it out. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I entered your site and found all the fantastic things you've written and searched out about Craig.
I know that Craig is gearing up for another season in Denver, but I'll try to make him aware of your site (although he may already be) and let you know what he thinks of it, if he doesn't get the chance himself (I hope that doesn't come off sounding too pretentious, I think its great that someone cares that much about this type of player. I know we could use more in hockey today).
(ed. note: Thanks for the visit, Robert!
I've gotten a few hits from people who know Craig personally, but this
is a first from a relative!)
"Hi, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one in the world that is a Craig Billington fan. I'm an avid hockey fan, but mostly I watch the Colorado Avs. Well, needless to say, I was pretty excited when we acquired him as our backup. I'm pretty new to being on-line, so I haven't seen very many pages, that really interested me, but yours is nice. Was it just me or do you think it was completely unfair when Billington got ejected from that game for throwing the stick? For all the penalties that go on in hockey, I would have thought, that Billington would be the least of the referee's worries. Keep up the good work, now if only I could find somebody to start a page on my favorite player, who is also one of the NHL's most underrated players (Eric LaCroix, Col)!!"
"Once again I love your site and I'm glad to see
that there are other diehard Billington fans like myself."
- Dave Agnew
Take a look at Joe's page - Legends of Hockey.
Check out Jason's Netminder
"Hi. Ian Wilson suggested that I take a tour of the Billington tribute you've put together, and I've just done exactly that. I didn't know as much about Billington as you seem to, but I always had the sense that he was a team player, that he was the perfect guy to have in reserve, and that he would accept his fate without complaint or accusation. The information on your page only confirms this, and I'm even more disappointed now that he isn't still a Bruin than I was ten minutes ago." - Augustine Fennell.
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