The 73 Year Old Hockey Rookie

I’ve been helping people learn how to play hockey and improve their skills for the past 6 years. Most of that help has been done over the internet with the use of videos and articles. I also respond to a lot of emails!

One of the most common questions I get online is “Am I too old to start playing hockey?” The answer is always “Absolutely NOT!”. I have helped countless people in their 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s learn to play hockey or get back to the game they love, however recently I received an email that set an all time record.

The 73 Year Old Rookie

73-year-old-rookieA few months ago I received a brief email from Kent Meyer, stating he’s 73 years old and just starting to play. He had played rugby for 20 years and missed the camaraderie and physical effort. I responded letting him know he was the most experienced rookie and welcomed him to the best game in the world. Not long after Kent emailed me again letting me know hockey had the #1 spot in his heart.

What Kent has to say about starting hockey

Kent sent the following email and with his permission I am sharing with others.

Why I’m learning to play hockey at 73

Jeremy,

I guess most hockey players would have hung up their skates at my age. For me the adventure is just beginning. Before June of 2014 I never skated in my life. I’m sorry that I didn’t begin skating and playing hockey at three like many of my friends; Most of whom are in their mid-twenties. However, I love a great challenge and ice hockey certainly is that!

Learning to skate before even really playing the game is tough. I played university and touring side rugby for twenty years until age 67. It was a challenge as well, but nothing like ice hockey. After all, running is probably familiar to most of us. Balancing on narrow blades on ice is not. Because of severe arthritis in both hips and two complete hip replacements I had to give up rugby. The good thing is that I missed the competitive and physical contact and sought out a replacement. Ice hockey was a logical choice.

Hockey is definitely now my all consuming passion and a huge part of my life. I have watched and with various degrees of success, imitated the skating basics taught in your videos. They have no doubt helped me to more quickly learn to skate. I am currently on a bronze league team the ‘Titans’ which plays its games at Skatetown in Roseville, CA. Our new season begins at the end of March so I’m working hard to be in playing shape.

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Jeremy, thanks for all you have done and will do for those of us who want to improve our game, don’t stop! I hope that my story will encourage other “seniors” to challenge themselves to try ice hockey. I have never been in better physical shape and the camaraderie on my team is awesome.

Hockey has made me twenty years younger

I hope that this article will help inspire others to take up the greatest game in the world. If you are interested in hockey, I have included some links below that will help you in your journey

So are you too old for hockey?

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8 Comments
  1. Reply Glenn B. March 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I played as a kid, but switched to basketball. I picked it up again at age 43. My team even won an Adult League National Championship. Unfortunately I had to leave the game 3 or 4 years later after a couple concussions and an unrelated brain surgery. My wife was nervous about me still playing.
    At 53 I’m thinking about giving it another shot however. My doc always said I was good to go as long as I wore a helmet.

  2. Reply David V March 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Add another to the list, I’m 41 and after being a fan since I was 19 (I grew up in Southern California and like many kids my age, hockey wasn’t on my radar until Gretzky arrived), I’m finally indulging my interest and passion and hitting the ice. Still very early on, just learning to skate, but I plan on taking this as far as I can go, and thankfully there are numerous online and real-life resources like this out there to help. Thanks again and keep up the great work.

  3. Reply Will hurst February 28, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I am 45 and officially picked up hockey this past week. I have always enjoyed and admired the sport. I am looking for a new challenge and this week I hit a puck with a stick for the first time in my life. I am hooked. I am taking skating lessions as that is the most challenging thing and we have a great community to help me with learning the game, techniques, and skills. I have found your instruction to be the best on the web for hockey. Thanks for your dedication to the game. My goal is to be able to play on our local league which starts back up in early fall this year!!!

  4. Reply Chris S February 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    What a great story! Truly inspiring to me figuring I am 31 and just starting out. I had my doubts about being too old but after reading this I’m ready to go! Thanks Kent!

  5. Reply Kyle M February 23, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Kent is a great man and has a passion for the game that is second to none (especially for playing in Nor Cal). I am on the Titans with Kent (I’m the taller Assistant captain in the photo) and this guy has inspired so many people. Thank you Jeremy for sharing Kent’s story.

  6. Reply Bob M February 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Just started playing hockey at age 53. Never too old to start. Way to go Kent!!!

  7. Reply Janet February 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    You’re never too old to start hockey and Kent’s story is inspiring. I started playing at 47 and am now 50, and I see many years of playing in my future. Hockey is the hardest, most challenging sport I’ve ever tried and I’m enjoying every minute of it.
    Jeremy, your videos have been incredibly helpful and have made me a better player. Your videos on defense have been particularly helpful. Thank you for sharing your passion for the game with us.

  8. Reply Cory G February 21, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I hope I’m still playing when I’m this old. Awesome

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