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Ice Flyers Mourn Passing of Vice President

Date: Dec 03, 2009
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Ice Flyers Mourn Passing of Vice President

Ice Flyers Mourn Passing of Vice President

Alan Siskind Helped Bring Hockey Back to Pensacola



The Ice Flyers are saddened to announce the recent passing of the team's Vice President, Alan Siskind, at the age of 67. Siskind originally contacted Tim Kerr to try and form a new team and was the driving force in bringing hockey back to Pensacola. Services will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Temple Beth-El in Pensacola (800 North Palafox Street), and a moment of silence will take place during the Ice Flyers next home game on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:05 p.m. against Fayetteville. Alan Siskind's impact on the Ice Flyers team and Pensacola community will be greatly missed.


Ice Flyers coach Todd Gordon expressed his grief upon hearing the news: "It is a sad day for all of the Ice Flyers family as we hear the news of the passing of Alan Siskind. If not for the efforts of Alan, we, as an organization, would not be where we are today." During 2009, Alan directed the marketing efforts to garner support for a new hockey team in Pensacola. "He was very instrumental in getting us running this season," Gordon continued. "We owe a great deal to him and his family." Indeed, Alan had been involved in the Pensacola business community for many years.


Alan spent the latter part of his professional career in senior executive positions in the automobile business. Over the years he developed a close friendship and work relationship with Ted Ciano. Alan's influence in the business community spread to hockey when Tim Kerr owned the Pensacola Ice Pilots. Alan began consulting for Kerr's Ice Pilots, and the working relationship grew.


After a season without hockey, Alan contacted Tim Kerr about starting a new team in Pensacola. "Alan was instrumental in hockey being back in Pensacola," Kerr said. "We're all going to miss him. He was a pleasure to work with and was an incredible idea-man."


Alan worked tirelessly to form business partnerships with the Ice Flyers and facilitate season ticket requests. With the help of Siskind, the Ice Flyers ensured that Pensacola would see hockey in 2009.


In recognition of all that Alan did for the Ice Flyers and the Pensacola community, the Ice Flyers players, staff, and fans mourn his passing. Coach Gordon explained that "it is especially hard for myself, as not only are we losing a great employee, but I am losing a great friend. My prayers go out to him and his family."


Siskind's family will receive guests at their home on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. The address is 3041 Knotty Pine Drive, Pensacola, FL 32505. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Temple Beth-El in Pensacola (http://templebethelofpensacola.org), or a charity of the donor's choice.


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