Skip to main content

World's oldest hockey player, Mark Sertich of Duluth, dies at 99

A legend from the State of Hockey.

The world's oldest hockey player died Monday at the age of 99. A family friend told KBJR that Mark Sertich died at his home in West Duluth. 

The Star Tribune reports that Sertich last skated in early July, which proved to be the final time he broke his own mark as the Guinness World Records record-holder for the oldest ice hockey player, which he set two days after his 96th birthday while playing in the Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament, in Santa Rosa, California. 

Sertich suffered a stroke last week, the Star Tribune reported. 

In a video interview with Great Big Story in 2018, Sertich said he had about 85 years of playing hockey under his belt and was still playing three times a week. Sertich played with a group of mostly retired firefighters, and credited the sport and buddies with giving him a sense of belonging.

"At my age, it's a wonderful way of being connected with younger people, and I think that's very important for an older person. I'm so fortunate that it's given me a chance to be involved. It's really the best thing that's ever happened to me," he said in the 2018 interview.

Sertich was always hockey tough. When he was 94, he fell on the ice and suffered two fractured ribs and a punctured lung. But not even those injuries could keep him off the ice.

If you're interested in learning more about Sertich, here's a profile from Duluth News Tribune and another interview about a commercial he was in.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 11.21.49 AM

Alex Rodriguez: 'I'm not a Packers fan'

He was at Lambeau screaming "Cheese!" and "Let's go!" during the playoff game against the 49ers.

St. Paul Police Department

Woman killed in St. Paul's North End identified as 31-year-old

A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the shooting.

police lights

Homes shot at randomly in Wisconsin; residents nearly struck

The people inside the homes were nearly struck, according to the  Juneau County Sheriff’s Office.

Levi Arneberg

Charges: Man killed roommate's 4 pet ferrets after argument

He told police he swears one of the ferrets was "laughing and breathing" as he kept shooting it in the head, charges state.

Minneapolis police

St. Cloud 27-year-old ID'd as victim of homicide near U of M

The shooting, which also injured two others, occurred Thursday near the 500 block of 15th Avenue South.

2019_0914_Packers_Away_0419

What happens to the Vikings if Aaron Rodgers leaves the NFC North?

Rodgers said he isn't interested in rebuilding in Green Bay, is it time for the Vikings to pounce or stay the course?

ambulance

Sheriff: Men found unresponsive in garage died of cocaine overdose

Two of the three men found unresponsive in an Eyota garage last week died of a drug overdose, a preliminary autopsy found.

Related

unnamed (5)

Minnesotans sets world record for longest ice hockey pass

Tom Chorske and Zach Lamppa set the Guinness World Record.

Marshall Bader

MN continues huge show of support after death of beloved hockey player

Marshall Bader died in an accident at his family's farm.

Screen Shot 2019-06-11 at 7.18.33 AM

That's not rain on Duluth's weather radar – it's birds

Meteorologists in Duluth were curious what the blue blob on radar was.

Warroad

Study incorrectly names Grand Forks best hockey town in America

We might be acting unfair, but Minnesota is the State of Hockey.

Minnesota sets record for number of 8 and under hockey players

The State of Hockey is doing its part to help grow the game.

steinfeldt-plank-sabes-jcc-facebook

MN's newest world record holder is a boss

He planked for 38 minutes straight on his 71st birthday.