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Duluth Community Surprises Hockey Player Mark Sertich with 99th Birthday Parade

Updated: July 18, 2020 10:40 PM

At the age of 95 the Guinness Book of World Records deemed Duluth's Mark Sertich the oldest hockey player in the world.

He still hasn't stopped skating since then, and on Saturday he turned 99.

The Duluth community, wanting to celebrate that remarkable milestone, surprised 'Sertie' with a drive by parade Saturday afternoon. 

An ambulance, trucks from the Duluth fire department, Duluth police officers, and friends and family drove past his Duluth house. Many cars had balloons, some made happy birthday signs, and a lot were honking him a happy birthday.

For past birthdays Sertich has skated with family and friends at Duluth Heritage Center.

This year, because of the coronavirus, those closest to him planned the vehicle parade to drive right outside of his front porch instead.

His long life has been full of accomplishments, including netting a hat trick on a recent rink outing. Sertich is also a World War II veteran. He and his platoon helped liberate the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. 

As for Saturday's celebration, Sertich said he was surprised.

"You cant believe how surprised I was. It was amazing, absolutely. Something you know I never actually thought would happen and like I say it's wonderful. I feel honored to be appreciated by them this way," said Sertich.

Following the parade Sertich shared his plan for his 99th year, "what I'm going to do now is I'm going to turn those upside down. I like that number 66 a lot better than 99."

After Saturday's birthday he said his goal is to continue playing hockey and reach 100-years-old.

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