Remembering former Devils hockey dad and Coach Tony Sipling

Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of former Devils hockey dad and Coach Tony Sipling. He died Tuesday after bravely battling ALS for years.

In his 49 years, which weren’t enough for anyone who knew him and loved him, he made an indelible mark on his players and the club.

“Tony was a fantastic mentor and coach to our youth and was willing to do whatever it took to insure positive experiences for all players,” said former Devils Chairman and President Rick Lefever. “Men like Tony are hard to replace. My condolences to his wife, Angie; his daughter, Kylie; and his son, Jacob. He will be missed, but not forgotten.”

Former Devils President, team manager and longtime hockey mom, Wendy Schanberger, got to know Tony when he coached her daughter, Summer Schanberger.

“We were lucky in York to have him as a coach,” Wendy Schanberger said. “He always complimented the positives of the players, never focusing on the mistakes. He had a big heart.”

The Devils organization is grieving not only for Tony, but also his family, friends and hockey family. We will remember Tony with a moment of silence during all of our first home games, from Mites to Midgets. We’re also having a special jersey made with Tony’s name on it that will hang in the rink for the season. At the end of the season, we will give it to Tony’s son, Jacob, who played for the Devils.

“These tributes are small gestures to remember Tony and honor his years of service in the York Ice Hockey Club,” said current Devils President Clayton Edwards. “But we know far beyond the moments we take to remember Tony, he will live on forever in the memories of the players he coached.”

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the John W. Keffer Funeral Home. Details are forthcoming.

We send our deepest sympathy to the Sipling family, and everyone in the Devils organization and beyond who is missing Tony right now. Our hockey family will always be here to support you.

And, one more time, please join us in saying, “Thanks, coach.”