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Seniors Gear Up for World Hockey Tournament
Mark Sertich and his son. They actually play on the same team called The Continental 75’s in the 70+ division.

Seniors Gear Up for
World Hockey Tournament

Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament July 6-15

Jun 28, 2018


Seventy teams from across the US and Canada will play 106 games at the unique, chalet-style ice arena over the 10 days. More than 1,100 ice hockey players, aged 40-96, will compete. Admission for spectators is free. For hockey fans the tournament offers a wealth of opportunities to see great on-ice action. Games will be played from 6am until after midnight all week long.

What hockey players say about the Snoopy Tournament:

Mark Sertich who is the Guinness Book of World Records --Oldest Hockey Player in the World, playing at 96 years old!“The most important thing he did for hockey was to put on the Senior World Hockey Tournament. We got to know hockey players from all over the world -- people who loved hockey like we did and loved to play no matter how old they were. Without the Tournament we would not have had the opportunity to know each other. We stay in touch today by the internet, but back when we started, it was just the Tournament and telephones.” — ROLAND THIBAULT, Long-time Friend and Coach of Sparky’s Diamond Icers

“More importantly to hockey, Sparky provided one of the best senior hockey tournaments. We got to meet hockey players from the U.S., Canada, and other parts of the world. It was an incentive for me to keep playing hockey and to be in the best possible shape to play when July rolled around. I’m sure that by having the Senior World Hockey Tournament, Sparky encouraged many players to continue to play the great game of hockey into later years so they could attend a wonderful tournament and gain hockey friendships from all over.” — MARK SERTICH, Guinness Book of World Records - Oldest Hockey Player in the World

“While I was playing professionally I heard about Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament, but after I retired from hockey I had to wait a while to play – I wasn’t old enough. I think my first tournament was about 2005, and I’ve played in nine tournaments over the years. Now I make a point to come and play, when work and other things permit…Charles Schulz created a place where there was hockey life after hockey, for me and for many other players I’ve met. …. It reminds us that as life moves on, we can still enjoy the game.” — TONY STILES, Former NHL Player, 43 years of tournament history


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