A rare hockey post on GG today (Did you know this blog’s name was inspired by hockey?): an 85-year old man is set to break a Guinness record by becoming the oldest person to play in a competitive hockey game. Via Puck Daddy:
“Meet Jan Loos. He turned 85 on Thursday and still plays in an adult hockey league in London, Ont. The “Huff N Puff” league is for players 55 and older, and Loos isn’t the only super veteran on the roster. He has four teammates over the age of 80.
Loos plays three times a week, but when he steps on the ice Friday for his next game, he’ll be making history by becoming the oldest man to ever play in a competitive hockey game. The current record is held by 78-year old Fred DeWit, a goaltender from Holland.”
85 years old and ready to play a competitive hockey game? Evidently “Jan Loos” is the pseudonym of Chris Chelios! (For those of you who aren’t hockey fans, that was a decent burn.)
Seriously though, this is pretty incredible. At 85 my grandparents could barely move, let alone even attempt to get anywhere near an ice rink. I guess what I’m saying is that this guy is awesome. He’s the octogenarian Ovechkin. He’s the senior citizen Sidney Crosby. I feel like he’d be a 3rd-liner on the Oilers (actually, we should pitch this to them). Nice work, Jan Loos. Nice work.