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

August 20, 2019


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 Comments

  • Reply felix121984 November 29, 2015 at 3:01 am

    So inspiring !!

  • Reply SpriggoYT December 22, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Grew job man. 👍🏻🏒

  • Reply SpriggoYT December 22, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Great job man 👍🏻🏒

  • Reply Anna Zaderej April 3, 2016 at 3:04 am

    God bless you. so inspirational.

  • Reply UGotSerbed April 10, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    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.

  • Reply Gabe Jersey September 12, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Dude he's freaking amazing omg

  • Reply Wolf Lash October 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    heyooo

  • Reply Wolf Lash October 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    heyooo that old man is my grandpa

  • Reply Wolf Lash October 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Johnson's twin brother is his shadow

  • Reply Alexander Milentis December 22, 2016 at 3:03 am

    I hope I can do that at 50 years old, 95 would be amaizing!

  • Reply dlwst44 January 5, 2017 at 1:41 am

    this is real inspiration!!!

  • Reply dlwst44 January 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    YOURE MY BOY BLUE!!!!!

  • Reply tony woz January 29, 2017 at 12:17 am

    INCREDABLE  AMAZING AND INSPIRATIONAL…

  • Reply Rodin March 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    DUDE, HE WAS 4 WHEN THE NHL WAS 10 YEARS OLD

  • Reply Van dayton March 27, 2017 at 3:33 am

    This guy is going to live forever

  • Reply Jacqueline Jordan May 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    He doesn't even look 94

  • Reply Isaiah975 October 4, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Jagr, you still have 50 more years to beat him!

  • Reply Fancy_SoufflAmy October 15, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    His moustache

  • Reply AzNightmare November 4, 2017 at 9:52 am

    This guy looks fantastic for a 94 year old…

  • Reply Peely Vlogs December 7, 2017 at 3:13 am

    What a great man

  • Reply Mickey Winters January 23, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Dudes gonna be 96 in the summer. Dudes king. Still plays. Damn

  • Reply majmunbez gaca March 23, 2018 at 5:36 am

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

  • Reply Cameron Waycaster March 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    1:23 is that a Panthers jersey???

  • Reply stratplayer53 April 10, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    God bless you. amazing and inspiring

  • Reply Fredrik June 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Matt Cooke would still knee him

  • Reply Janet Aldrich June 20, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Wow! So well known by Charles Schulz that you get your own Peanuts strip! Too cool!

  • Reply Caleb Grill October 10, 2018 at 1:33 am

    This guy played Hockey with the creator of Charlie Brown that is very cool.

  • Reply Samantha Rowland November 3, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    This is so pure omg❤️

  • Reply Quinn Brophy December 5, 2018 at 2:45 am

    I know a 97 year old like that except that he didn't have to wear glasses

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