Thank you Marty Siegel! / by Ed Shanahan

Twenty-three years ago Marty Siegel, a dentist in Northern Virginia and an avid hockey player created a new league.  Marty was a coach in training for the Reston Raiders who were scheduled to become the first tenants in a new rink in Reston, only the second rink in Northern Virginia.  Like many of his fellow coaches, Marty had grown weary of playing games at midnight in far away rinks, getting to bed at 3, then heading to work tired in the morning.  Marty decided to lease prime time ice slots on Friday and Sunday nights and to invite his fellow coaches to play a modified pickup game with teams and jerseys, but no travel.  From the beginning it was a wild success.  Over the years the game moved from Reston to Ashburn but the spirit was still the same.  Play hard and dish out the "carp" even harder.  I was fortunate to be among the players when we launched and to play for the next fifteen years.

Marty recently decided to hang up his skates and his sons plus fellow players held a going away party in conjunction with his last game last night.  Those of us who no longer play have always been viewed as part of the family and were invited to come, watch, taunt and in my case shoot some pictures.  And I think there was more taunting last night than anything!

Marty thank you again.  Your game is in great shape!  Photo of the "Siegel Boys" below.  To see more go to https://www.facebook.com/ed.shanahan.549/media_set?set=a.10154408357225309.1073741897.740800308&type=3

 Barry, Marty and Evan Siegel after Marty's final game

Barry, Marty and Evan Siegel after Marty's final game