Cingel leaves Sharks to return to his spiritual home
Martin Cingel will not be returning to Dumfries for a second season with the BCD Solway Sharks.
The popular forward has accepted a role with Edinburgh Capitals to coach their Scottish National League side as well as providing injury cover on the Caps’ EIHL playing roster.
Cingel scored 38 points (20+18) in 22 games with the Sharks this season in NIHL1 North despite missing a large part of the season with a broken collarbone. Â He was a key part of the Sharks’ second half revival as they climbed from eighth to finish fourth in the table and qualify for the end of season Playoff weekend.
In the semi final against Blackburn Hawks, Cingel opened the scoring as Solway were ahead of the League champions for most of the first period before going down 5-2.
In addition to his role as a player, Cingel made a huge contribution off the ice as an assistant coach, even when unable to play through injury he would travel to games and help Martin Grubb and Scott McMeeken on the bench.
Sharks’ head coach Martin Grubb said: “While we are sad to see him leave,Â I am very pleased for Martin Cingel – Edinburgh is where he is rightly considered a legend and I am glad I had the pleasure of working with him.
“He is a true professional who knows the game inside out and cares about his team and team mates and he will be missed here.
“I hope I have helped him in some way as he embarks on his coaching role. I wish him nothing but success and I know he will do a great job and he will be a great coach and role model for the young players at the Caps.”
Cingel himself took to social media after his appointment was announced, saying: “I’d like to thank Solway Sharks, Martin Grubb, the fans, staff and the players. Â I wish the club all the best for the future #topclub.”