94-Year-Old Hockey Player Still Hits the Ice Every Week (VIDEO)
08/13/2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT
Hockey and war are hardly the only two physical activities that have occupied Sertich's 94 years of life, though: He finished his first marathon when he was 59 (and has completed five more since) and competed five times in inline skating marathons, all the while beginning every day with pushups and sit-ups.
But he's always returned to the ice. Since 1983, Sertich has played in the annual Snoopy's Senior World Hockey Tournament, a Santa Rosa, California, sporting event for players over the age of 40, created by none other than Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.
Like Sertich, Schulz was a native Minnesotan, and the two formed a lasting friendship. "I played with 'Sparky' Charles Schulz for many years on the same line," Sertich told CBS Minnesota. "It's really something to have under your belt."
Schulz even gifted Sertich a drawing of Snoopy with Sertich's distinctive handlebar mustache; today, it hangs in his house. "It was quite an honor, I'll tell ya," he says.
"Mark is a great example as an athlete, but [also] as a human being," his teammate Bob Somers told CBS.
"I say that most important step is the first one out the door," said Sertich, who continues to hit the ice several times a week, year-round. "Even when you don't feel like doing it, you make up your mind to do it because once you get out there, you're okay."