94-Year-Old Proves You’re Never Too Old To Play Hockey


THANK YOU, HEATHER OF. IF YOU HAVE A GOOD QUESTION, GO TO W — YOU CAN ASK HEATHER BY GOING TO WCCO.COM/LINKS. IT IS — AGE ISN’T A NUMBER. IT’S WHAT YOU DO WITH IT THAT MATTERS. THIS MAN CELEBRATED HIS 94th BIRTHDAY BY NOT ONLY BLOWING OUT HIS CANDLES ON HIS CAKE, BUT ALSO BY HITTING THE ICE AND BLOWING A FEW PUCKA — PUCKS PAST THE GOALIE. EACH DAY, HE STARTS HIS DAY FACE DOWN IN THE CARPET, THE MORE VIGOROUS, THE BETTER. YOU DON’T GET TO 94 IN HIS SHAPE BY ABUSING YOUR BODY OR TAKING OCCASIONAL WALKS. WHEN I — AS I GOT A LITTLE OLDER, I FIGURED I’D GET INTO JOGGING, AND WHEN I WAS 39 I RAN MY FIRST MARATHON. HE TACKLED FIVE MORE PLUS 11 INLINE SKATING MARATHONS, BUT WHEN HE WAS A KID, MOST SPORT ROSE ABOVE THE REST: ICE HOCKEY. WELL, I LIKE TO SAY, HOW COME YOU ALLEGATION — ALWAYS CLOSE YOUR EYES WHEN I GET THE PUCK, INCLUDING THE GOALIE. AT 94 YEARS OF AGE, HE’S ON THIS ICE, THREE DAYS A WEEK, ALL YEAR-ROUND. MARK IS A REALLY GREAT EXAMPLE AS AN ATHLETE, BUT AS A HUMAN BEING. THIS MAN IS AMONG THE GROUP OF DULUTH RETIREES, COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS, SOME HALF HIS AGE WHO SKATE WITH AND ADMIRE HIS DEVOTION TO THE GAME. WE ALL ENJOY HIM. WE LIKE TO PLAY WITH HIM BECAUSE HE’S GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES, AND BECAUSE HE’S PATIENT AND SETS A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE. IN 1983, HE BEGAN PLAYING IN SNOOPY’S SENIOR WORLD TOURNAMENT IN CALIFORNIA, FORMING A DEEP BOND WITH PEANUTS CARTOON CREATOR CHARLES SCHULZ. I PLAYED WITH HIM IN — ON THE SAME LANE, AND IT WAS REALLY SOMETHING TO HAVE UNDER YOUR BELT. OR ON THE WALL. SCHULZPENNED HIM A PERSONALIZED COMIC STRIP WITH SNOOPY SPORTING A HANDLE BAR’ STACHE. THE ONLY TIME HE DIDN’T PLAY HOCKEY, WAS WORLD WAR II, WHEN HE FOUGHT FOR GEORGE PATTON’S ARMY. PERHAPS WHEN HE SAW — WHAT HE SAW THERE GAVE HIM THE PASSION TO STAY FIT, AND THE FRIENDSHIPS THAT IT’S BROUGHT. THIS IS JUST THE GREATEST THING THAT YOU COULD HAVE HAPPEN TO YOU, IS ASSOCIATING WITH A BUNCH OF GUYS LIKE THAT. YES — YET DESPITE THE AGE, GETTING HURT’S THE LAST THING ON MARK’S MIND. IF SOMETHING HAPPENS I’VE GOT MY E.M.T. RIGHT ON THE ICE WITH ME, SO HOW CAN YOU BEAT THAT, HUFF? HE’S NOT ONE FOR EXCUSES, AND SAYS ANYONE CAN DO IT. LET’S CALL — LET’S CALL IT THE ROAD /PHAF — MAP TO THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH. THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IS THAT FIRST ONE OUT THE DOOR, AND EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T — AND EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE DO IT — DOING IT, ONCE YOU GET OUT THERE, YOU FEEL OKAY. MARK TRIED TO SKATE IN HIS 12TH INLINE MARATHON, BUT HE SAYS HE FELL AT UNLUCKY MILE 13. HE LAUGHED OFF A FEW UNLUCKY FINGERS, AND HE SAYS HE’LL JUST

29 thoughts on “94-Year-Old Proves You’re Never Too Old To Play Hockey

  1. What a B-O-S-S. Everything from his moustache to him playing hockey regularily. Thank you Mr. Sertich for your service. If not for men like you, Europe would be worse off.

  2. for some odd reason , these rly old ppl that are doing well are always former army people or went to war or something…

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