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Community Mourns Death Of Young Hockey Player

Saturday Services planned for 12-year-old Flint Hill Elementary graduate Evan Soggin

At 12 years old, Evan Soggin had already made a name for himself in the local hockey community as a fast ball of energy with a versatility that gave him big-league potential.

But he also boasted a list of other accomplishments that looked like it would someday run pages long: He was a hockey star, a budding equestrian, a thespian, a musician, a scholar of Tae Kwan Do, a recent graduate of Flint Hill Elementary School headed for middle school at Thoreau. A jokester who didn't do things quite the normal way but had an uncanny ability to make tears roll down friends' cheeks as their bellies ached with laughter.

Above all those things, friends and family say, it is Soggin's smile, loyalty, humor, compassion, spirituality beyond his years and "zest for life" that they are missing after his sudden death earlier this week.

Soggin was riding his horse, Calvin, on Monday at his family's Oakton home when he was bucked and caught his foot in a stirrup, his father Steve said in an email. He was dragged before his horse kicked or stepped on him, and was flown to a local hospital. He underwent surgery for several hours, but died from severe internal bleeding, Steve said.

Evan is survived by his father Steve, mother Gyoen and brother Nick, a 17-year-old student at Madison High School.

Soggin was most at home with the Reston Raiders Hockey Club, where he played year-round and was enrolled in summer camp, despite not really growing up with the sport. It wasn't until Nick fell into the sport and saw quick success that Evan wanted to try it himself, said Club President Chris Kelly, who coached him in 2007.

He started at 5 years old in goal, but quickly got tired of watching all the action, Kelly said.

"He was such an active kid that by the end of the season he had decided that staying home in the net was too boring, as he preferred playing out of the net so he could follow the action up and down the ice," Kelly said.

Club founder Larry Roe, who coached Evan in 2008, laughed Thursday night as he called Evan "a little bit of a rambunctious kid [who] liked to have his own agenda sometimes."

But that kind of spark paid off often in game situations. Roe recalled his "favorite Evan story," from a game in Baltimore, when the team was losing by one and down two players in the final minutes of the game. Evan and two other players were outnumbered on the ice against five opponents, Roe said, but he got the puck, skated through the entire opposing team and scored.

"He really lifted the team that day and did a great job. He was a good kid who always kept the coach on his toes," Roe said. "We're very sorry to lose a great kid from our hockey family."

With custom-made sneakers in Raiders blue, black and white — "he was Raiders through and through," Kelly said — Soggin dreamed of attending a hockey boarding high school and maybe one day going pro, family and friends said.

But much like his many talents, he had many visions too: He often talked about becoming a Navy Seal, Steve Soggin said.

"He studied them in books, sought out interaction with Special Forces, and supported the Wounded Warrior program," Steve Soggin wrote.

At school, he made many friends through the arts, said Tori Traxler, who met Soggin on the bus several years ago when the pair were in third grade at Flint Hill. He loved photography and horses and played piano, drums, viola and saxophone in advanced and area bands. He also loved drama, recently appearing in a performance of  “Alice in Wonderland."

Several of Soggin's mentors and friends said he "marched to the beat of his own drum," which only made him more charming.

"Evan was different and special," Traxler said. "He always tried so hard in the things he loved ... If I was crying, he would be the shoulder I would cry on. If I was angry or anything he would always help me get through it. He would make me laugh all the time," she said.

His memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of the Good Shepherd will be true to that spirit, his family said. They ask that those who attend dress casually and not in black, "as Evan would want," and for Raider players to wear their jerseys.

The Soggin Family and Soggin's coaches and friends hope his legacy lives on through a newly-formed Reston Raiders scholarship fund in his name.

"He would love the thought of helping other kids get to go to hockey camp, get equipment, and play," his family wrote.

The memorial service for Evan Soggin begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 2351 Hunter Mill Rd, Vienna. In lieu of flowers the Soggin family would like to suggest donations be sent to the scholarship fund. Click here to be redirected to the online form, or, checks can be made out to Reston Raiders: Evan Soggin Scholarship Fund and sent to Reston Raider Hockey Club, P.O. Box 3152, Reston, VA, 20195.

Bert Katz July 22, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Rest in Peace young man...to his family, my condolences...my thoughts and prayers are with you at this tough moment.
Rhea Baker July 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story of his life. Having lost a child I know how difficult it is. Remembering the Joy will help you get thru. I'll say a prayer for the family.
Lory July 22, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Sandy Andrews Evan indeed was a very talented young man. Memories of him from past concerts and plays stand out as examples of his unique abilities. He certainly had a beautfiul smile. The Flint Hill Community has the Soggin family in its thoughts and prayers.
Laura Wendel July 22, 2011 at 02:16 PM
A Flint Hill Falcon takes flight way to soon. This remarkable young man taught us all the important lesson to live life to the fullest each day. Prayers to all who knew and loved Evan & his family.
Ellen Stoupa July 22, 2011 at 02:45 PM
My sincere condolences to the Soggin family on the loss of Evan. May God be with you during this extremely difficult time.
Patricia Mandes July 22, 2011 at 03:18 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt sympathy goes to Evan's family and his community of friends.
Mark Keam July 22, 2011 at 03:25 PM
I'm so saddened to learn about this loss. Evan's future was so bright and he will be missed by our community. Evan and his family and friends are all in our thoughts and prayers during this devastating time. May the grace of the Lord comfort his loved ones.
Jan Kirkpatrick Berlin July 22, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Overwhelming sadness fills our hearts and souls. Sending our gentle prayers and all our support to his dear parents and family. Jan & John Berlin
Donna Perez July 22, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Our sincere condolences to the Soggin family on the loss of Evan. May God be with you during this extremely difficult time. Lauren Perez and Family
Jacky July 22, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Jacky and I will never forget our times with Evan in Stage Presence drama classes and in Alice in Wonderland. A talented actor, a vivacious presence and a loving friend- we will always have you in our hearts you energetic boy! God bless you and your family... Stacey Jones and Jacky Spalding
Aimee Davis July 22, 2011 at 06:12 PM
I just posted a great picture I had of Evan with his Flint Hill classmates enjoying their 5th grade picnic last June. Evan always had a smile & a hello for me - he had such a big personality - always making Joe laugh! A life too short. Our prayers are with the Soggin family. Aimee, Joe & the Davis family
Kevin Trainor July 22, 2011 at 08:39 PM
To say that Evan had a powerfully engaging personality might not do him justice. It didn't take but a couple of conversations in class before realizing the confidence and passion with which he approached his life. My thoughts go out to the Soggin family. Kevin Trainor
peggie colquitt July 23, 2011 at 04:36 PM
My condolences to the Soggin family. My heart goes out to you. Evan will greatly be missed. Peggie Colquitt - Nick's former teacher
Caroline Nothwanger July 25, 2011 at 04:55 AM
I just heard this very sad news this evening--our heartfelt condolences to the Soggin family in your loss of Evan, he was much too young for this. Paul, Caroline, Cathy, Libby, & Robbie Teague
Charlie Ragusa July 25, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Steve, Gyoen and Nick: I can't stop thinking about Evan and how you all are coping with this tragedy. I've known you since Appletree School when Nick went to school with our son, Julian. I was out of town on Saturday, so I missed the memorial. I'm sad, very sad. Julian, Xiou and I offer our condolences and our love to all of you.
ford August 01, 2011 at 07:16 PM
I was his friend and I was shocked to here this. His 3 best friends were Thomas, Marcos, and Jared. I sat at his table during lunch and his laugh was contagious, when he laughed, I laughed to. When everyone was laughing, he laughed harder. He was like a brother to me and I miss him sooooo much.
Pat December 14, 2011 at 01:20 AM
I am so sorry for you loss I offer my condolences to you

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