Barksdale Bombers named local hockey champions

The Barksdale Bombers hockey team from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, pose for a group photo in the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum at Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021.

The Barksdale Bombers hockey team from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, pose for a group photo in the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum at Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021. The team had just won the Mudbug Adult Hockey League championship game of the season with a score of 5-2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman William Pugh)

An Airman from the Barksdale Bombers hockey team from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, prepares to maneuver through opposing players during the Mudbugs Adult Hockey League championship game at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021.

An Airman from the Barksdale Bombers hockey team from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, prepares to maneuver through opposing players during the Mudbugs Adult Hockey League championship game at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021. The team contains a combination of players with different ranks and roles in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman William Pugh)

Airmen from the Barksdale Bombers hockey team from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, have a pre-game huddle before the Mudbugs Adult Hockey League championship game at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021.

Airmen from the Barksdale Bombers hockey team from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, have a pre-game huddle before the Mudbugs Adult Hockey League championship game at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021. The Bombers won the game with a score of 5-2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman William Pugh)

Maj. Jeffrey Sovern, Barksdale Bombers hockey team member, watches his team compete for the Mudbug Adult Hockey League championship at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021.

Maj. Jeffrey Sovern, Barksdale Bombers hockey team member, watches his team compete for the Mudbug Adult Hockey League championship at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021. The Bombers is a fully equipped team of 15 Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Graves)

Master Sgt. Jonathan Weiman, Lt. Col. Scott Andresen, and Lt. Col. Scott Eberle, Barksdale Bombers hockey team members, watch as their team competes at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021.

Master Sgt. Jonathan Weiman, Lt. Col. Scott Andresen, and Lt. Col. Scott Eberle, Barksdale Bombers hockey team members, watch as their team competes at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021. The Bombers competed against the Red Team for the Mudbug Adult Hockey League championship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Graves)

Mark Geer, Barksdale Bombers hockey team captain, gives a pre-game speech to his teammates ahead of the Mudbug Adult Hockey League championship game at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021.

Mark Geer, Barksdale Bombers hockey team captain, gives a pre-game speech to his teammates ahead of the Mudbug Adult Hockey League championship game at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021. The Bombers hockey team was established in 2016 by a group of Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Graves)

The Barksdale Bombers hockey team competes for the Mudbug Adult Hockey League championship at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021.

The Barksdale Bombers hockey team competes for the Mudbug Adult Hockey League championship at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021. The Bombers took home the championship trophy with an overall score of 5-2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina Graves)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

The Barksdale official hockey team, the Barksdale Bombers, won the Mudbugs Adult Hockey League championship game at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, in Shreveport, Louisiana, March 31, 2021.

Comprised of Airmen from across the installation, the team was formed seven years ago to provide Airmen an opportunity to compete alongside other service members.

“I mean, none of us are trying to catch contracts to the National Hockey League,” said Master Sgt. Richard Capauno, 2nd Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance section chief. “So we play because we love playing the game.”

The team was created in 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Don Killian. Since then, the team has cycled through many different players who join during their time stationed at Barksdale.

“I'm fortunate enough that since I'm a civilian, I'm able to stay here and provide a little bit of continuity for the team, and be the point of contact to get the team going,” said Mark Geer, 2nd Bomb Wing director of staff and Bombers team captain. “However, there's been a lot of other individuals before me that really started the team.”

Geer cites camaraderie and a competitive attitude as huge factors in the success of the team in the championship game.

“I think it’s just the competitiveness that we have and how we gel as a team,” Geer said. “We have a combination of all levels of hockey skills and I think we all come together and work well.”

The Barksdale Bombers overcame the opposing team, finishing with a score of 5-2.

“Winning any type of championship allows us to push our chest out a little bit more and just be able to call ourselves champions,” Geer said.

The team is always open to receiving new members. For more information about the team, contact Barksdale Bombers Hockey on Facebook.

“Reach out if you want to come watch a game, or if you want to get involved and play,” Capauno said. “We welcome everybody in and all are well appreciated.”