Back From Iraq, Ready For Hockey
Ticket Holder Follows Bombers While Deployed In Iraq

By Debbie Juniewicz
Staff Writer
Dayton Daily News

DAYTON, Ohio – His wife, his son and the Dayton Bombers – that’s what Senior Master Sgt. Joe Bovair missed most during his recent Iraq deployment.

Bovair, who is assigned to the 88th Security Forces Squadron, returned home Jan. 28 to hugs and kisses from his wife Connie and 5-year-old son Kevin, and within 48 hours, was at the Nutter Center enjoying power plays and penalty kills.

“I absolutely missed the Bombers,” the season ticket holder said. “A couple of us brought our jerseys to Iraq, and I’d check and read articles whenever I got a chance.”

Bovair has been pleasantly surprised by the Bombers’ success this season. At 22-14-4 and 48 points, the Bombers have already surpassed their win and point totals from the 2005-06 season. Dayton, which ranks third in the North Division standings, has the best winning percentage in the division at .600.

“It’s very exciting to follow a team that’s vying for first place,” Bovair said. “I was actually a little afraid to come back, thinking I’d jinx them.”

While Bovair wasn’t a hockey player, growing up in Detroit led to a lifelong love of the Red Wings and the game.

“I bought Bombers season tickets the week I arrived in Dayton in 2004,” he said. “They could lose all their games and I’d keep coming back.”

Bovair will have to wait a few days to see the Bombers. Dayton is on the road at Columbia on Friday and at South Carolina on Saturday. The Bombers will host the Toledo Storm on Tuesday.