Twice a week at the Bloomington Ice Garden, a group of ex-Gophers, NHL players, and Olympians play an informal but structured game of hockey. It’s a fun game with great players, but what makes them really impressive is average age of the players: 74 years old. They call themselves the Minnesota Old Timers.
Icy sidewalks are dangerous enough for seniors — try adding skates and nine more people all scampering for a puck. How do they do it? And more importantly: what keeps them going, decades past their physical peak? Journalist Matthew Schneeman finds that it’s a simple but difficult lesson to learn.