Minnesota native and the world’s oldest known hockey player according to the Guinness World Records, Mark Sertich, passed away at the age of 99.
Remarkably, Mark Sertich and his legendary handlebar mustache earned his Guinness World Record over 3 years ago, on July 20, 2017, at the age of 96 years and 2 days old while playing in the Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament in Santa Rosa, CA.
Which is pretty crazy considering he started playing hockey in 1931!
But setting a Guinness World Record didn’t slow the World War II veteran down, as Mark continued to play three to four times per week until the day he died.
While Mark Sertich will surely be missed by his family, hockey brethren, and many others, may we all celebrate his long love for the game. Stick taps to the legend!
We are sad to lose Mark "Sertie" Sertich, Minnesota hockey player known as the World's Oldest Hockey Player. He was a kind and wonderful man, one that loved the game. https://t.co/tTFG4NCtOC— WAY OF THE WARRIORS (@WOTWsFilm) August 25, 2020
Sad to hear about the passing of Mark Sertich, a Minnesota man who still played hockey 3 times weekly at 99 years old. He was a WWII veteran, a legend at Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament and grandfather to a pro. RIP to the Guinness Book of World Records’ oldest player. pic.twitter.com/8aGMnuT9hs— Matt Caputo (@MattCaputo) August 25, 2020