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A LETTER FROM OVERSEAS IN IRAQ

SGT. Richard Voorhis is an extraordinary Phoenix Coyotes season ticket holder!

Tuesday, 05.20.2008 / 5:25 PM / Features
Arizona Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes are lucky to have some of the greatest fans in the NHL who continue to show their support from all over the world. With Memorial Day right around the corner, PhoenixCoyotes.com thought it was appropriate to share a letter from Sgt. Richard Voorhis who is stationed in Iraq with the Arizona National Guard.

SGT. Richard Voorhis and his son at Jobing.com Arena for a Coyotes game.
Thank You Coyotes, for another great season, and for helping me to keep my sanity. 

My name is SGT Richard Voorhis, and I am a member of the Arizona National Guard.  My unit is the 996th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC) out of Glendale.  The reason I’m saying thank you is simple.  I have been on Active Duty orders since October of last year, and am currently deployed overseas in Iraq.  I am also a season ticket holder. We have 2 seats in section 103, and I have been a rabid ‘Yotes fan since 2003.  Until then I was a Colorado Avalanche fan, but have since seen the error of my ways.

Since I’ve been deployed, I have followed your season, no matter where I have been at (Camp Bullis, TX, Ft. Lewis, WA; Kuwait; and now Iraq).  Mostly it has been online on the web.  In Ft. Lewis, I could “watch” the games in almost real time.  They have a box score feature that updates every 30 seconds, and tells who took a shot, whether or not it was on goal, who got a penalty, and what it was for, and of course goals.  Almost as good as being there.

But here in Iraq, I wasn’t able to use that feature because of the time difference.  Arizona is 10 hours behind me.  But every morning when I got up, first thing I would do was check on the game.  Everyone thought I was crazy when I would yell after a Coyotes win, or grumble after a loss.  As the season started to close, you can believe I was checking the standings on the whole Western Conference.  I would do the math to see who had to lose, and to whom for my ‘Yotes to make the playoffs.  The funny thing is when I’d IM with my wife and kids each night, I’d be the one that would tell them how many points behind the Coyotes were, and who had to lose, and how many times they’d have to lose in order for us to make the playoffs.

Following you guys on your hunt for the “WHITEOUT” really kept my mind off of what is going on over here.  It gave me a little touch of home that could almost make me think that I wasn’t nearly half-way around the world.  But most importantly, it gave me just one more thing that I could talk with my family about back home, and share with them like I was there.

SGT. Richard Voorhis with Grant Fuhr
Now that the season is over for you guys, I have to resort to following the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  It’s gonna be Pittsburgh and Detroit in the finals.  And like a true Coyotes fan, all I can say is…… GO PENS.  Anybody other than Detroit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’d also like to say that you guys made such an improvement this year.  Last year we were at the bottom of the league.  This year, you were in the playoff picture until like the last 4-5 games.  This was such an awesome year!

I’ll be following the transactions over the off-season, and can’t wait for next season to start.  You can rest assured that I’ll be following you guys until I get home.  Hopefully in time for Christmas.

So, thanks for a great season, and let's get a Whiteout next year. 

Richard D. Voorhis
SGT, 996th ASMC, AZARNG



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