WATCH: 89-year-old New Jersey man still plays ice hockey
A Morris County octogenarian says that he never misses playing in his weekly ice hockey games.
George Bianchi recently turned 89 years old and says that he has been playing the sport for around 40 years. He says that he started playing ice hockey when he was 42 years old.
“I broke my nose after the first month, I loved it after that,” Bianchi says.
Bianchi is a Korean War veteran with 10 grandchildren – who is nearly four times older than some of the players. But they all say that they have a lot of learn from him.
Christopher Tomlin is himself a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“It's great to be able to sit down with somebody as a veteran myself and be able to talk about that stuff. The greatest joy is the conversations we have on the bench,” Tomlin says.
Bianchi plays alongside his grandson Matt.
His teammates gave him a helmet signed by the team for his 89th birthday.