The world's oldest hockey player, Mark Sertich
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The world’s oldest hockey player is no longer with us. According to a report by the Duluth News Tribune, 99-year-old Mark Sertich passed away on Monday, August 24 due to complications from a stroke.

Sertich was widely known for being an inspiration to hockey players across the world. He played hockey since 1931 and was officially recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records for being the world’s oldest ice hockey player. He played hockey for over 85 years and was still playing three times a week prior to having a stroke on Thursday.

Sertich was a Duluth Denfeld graduate, a father of seven and a WWII veteran. You can read more about his life story in the piece by the Duluth News Tribune.

Many hockey players just hope to continue playing the game once they graduate out of minor hockey, so Sertich’s story is truly inspiring and one you simply don’t see often in sports. To see someone keep that same passion for the game over all these years is incredible.

The hockey world lost a true legend of the game today.