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86 and Still Playing Goal – Awesome

I heard form @TroyDavis via Twitter this morning about one of the most inspirational guys I have ever heard of.

Jim Martin, 86 years young, is still playing goal. Still in the old school pads.

“I’ve got pretty good reflexes for someone my age,” says Jim Martin, who took up the sport a mere 20 years ago at the invitation of a friend.

“But I’m still half a second too slow.”

That’s right – he took up goaltending at 67. That’s what it’s all about. Here’s to you Jim!

“The body was never meant to sit around. You have to think young and act young. As a man thinketh, so he is.”

How will Martin know when it’s time to hang up his skates?

“When I wake up in the morning and see my name in the obituaries,” he says with a twinkle in his eye.

Check out the article Puck Stops Here in today’s Calgary Herald by Cindy Stephen.

About The Author

David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.

1 Comment

  1. Ms.Conduct

    Awesome. I’m totally done whinging about having only started playing in my 30s!