Former Bombers Miller, Reier among List of Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees

January 6, 2004 - ECHL (ECHL) - Dayton Bombers News Release

The Dayton Bombers, who host Atlantic City for a 7:00 p.m. game at the Ervin J. Nutter Center Thursday night, have announced that two former players, forwards Colin Miller and Mike Reier, are among the seven individuals who will be inducted into the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame (DDHOF) when the Bombers face off against the Toledo Storm (7:00 p.m.) on Saturday, February 7.

A crafty centerman, Colin Miller played four seasons with the Bombers from 1995-99. Miller’s stick handling and passing prowess was his strength as a player. He posted 83 goals and 192 assists in 271 games with the Bombers. Throughout most of his career, he was the center on the Bombers' first line and also a first liner on the penalty kill and power plays. Miller is currently the head hockey coach for the University of Dayton club team.

Mike Reier spent parts of three seasons with the Dayton Bombers from 1991-94. In 141 games, Reier, a left-winger, accumulated 218 points on 69 goals and 149 assists. His best season was the Bombers’ inaugural 1991-92 campaign when he compiled 75 assists and 98 points. The 75 helpers are second only to Tom Nemeth’s 82 as the most assists in a season by a Bomber.

The group to be inducted brings the total in the DHHOF to 21 since it was founded in 1970 by long-time Dayton Gems' general manager and DHHOF member, Ed ‘ Lefty’ McFadden.

Also on this year's list are IHL Dayton Gems' goalie Jim ‘Peppermint’ Pettie, Arnold Johnson, Jack Walker, Bucky Albers, and Pick Shaffer.

Arnold Johnson—along with the late Bud Gingher—was responsible for bringing hockey back to Dayton when the two purchased the Bombers in 1991. He remained an owner—with Gingher—until 1998. Gingher is also a member of the DDHOF. Johnson still lives in the Dayton-area.

Well-known local car dealer Jack Walker was President of the Dayton Gems from the mid-1960’s through the mid-1970’s and has been involved with Dayton-area youth hockey for many years.

Dayton Daily News sportswriter Bucky Albers becomes a DHHOF member as both a member of the media and executive. Albers covered the Gems for the Journal Herald during the Gems’ early years. He then became the team’s General Manager for one season from 1974 to 1975.

Local businessman Pick Shaffer of Shaffer Amusements will also be honored by the DHHOF for his contribution over many years to Dayton-area youth hockey, including managing the SilverSticks youth hockey tournament.

There will be a pre-game reception recognizing the new DHHOF members prior to the February 7 game.

The Dayton Bombers will kick off a three-game week against New Jersey teams on Thursday, January 8 when they host new Northern Division rival Atlantic City for a 7:00 p.m. game with a “70s & 80s” theme at the Ervin J. Nutter Center. The Dayton Bombers will bring back the atmosphere of the “70s and 80s” during the fun event. Bellbottoms and leisure suits are back “in” and are encouraged.

To purchase tickets, contact the Bombers' office at (937) 775-4747, log onto www.daytonbombers.com, or visit the Nutter Center Box Office. To purchase Super Saving Fun "Merchandise"/Flex Ticket Combo Packs, call (937) 775-4747.

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