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Massachusetts Hockey Mourns the Loss of Dr. Alan "Doc" Ashare

By Fiona Doull, 07/06/23, 10:45AM EDT


Massachusetts Hockey is saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Alan Ashare, long-time member of our Board of Directors and dedicated volunteer. “Doc” Ashare was known throughout the hockey world for his passionate advocacy for safety in youth hockey and his desire to make the game safe and enjoyable for all. A specialist in nuclear medicine by trade, Doc used his knowledge and passion to encourage youth hockey leaders, coaches and players to enjoy the game in a safe environment. He was responsible for the creation of the “Head Up, Don’t Duck” program that is used throughout the country today to educate players about neck and spine safety. He was a long-time member and co-chair of SPEC (Safety and Protective Equipment Committee) with USA Hockey and earned Director Emeritus status with the group as well.

Funeral Services for Dr. Alan Ashare

Sunday, July 9, 2023
Service at 12:30 PM -- Jerusalem Memorial Chapels: 3026 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756
Cemetery (immediately following Service): Patchogue Hebrew Cemetery: 208-212 Peconic Ave, Holtsville, NY 11742

All are welcome to visit after the cemetery at the home of Jenn & Russ Shinsky (7 Northern Parkway East, Plainview NY) starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Ashare Family kindly requests that those who wish to express sympathy consider making a donation, in lieu of flowers or gifts, to The USA Hockey Foundation, an organization of which  Doc Ashare was a lifelong and integral member.

Online donations can be made by clicking here. Please include: “IMO Dr. Ashare” in the comment box.

Checks can be made payable to The USA Hockey Foundation and include in memo: "IMO Dr. Ashare."

Celebration of Life

Celebration of Life Service will be held honoring  Dr. Alan “Doc” Ashare  

Saturday , 7/29/23, at the Stockyard Restaurant. 135 Market St. Brighton, MA

12:00pm - 12:30pm: Meet the family

12:30pm - Welcome, a religious offering by Dr. Dave Crandel 

12:45pm - 1:30pm - Lunch 

1:30pm - Remembering Doc