Norm Dann, Mark Sertich, Norm Hebert, Mike Campbell, Bill Searle, Tony Andrea and Roger Benson have all played more than 10,500 games each. For context, if they have played for the last 50 years, thats over 200 games a year!
According to ESPN, the top lifetime games played by NHL players including Mark Messier and Gordie Howe averaged 1,730 games. The average 80+ year old has played just over 6,300 games.
The age of The Real Iron Men of Hockey ranges from 80 years to 99 years of age. Most of the Real Iron Men of Hockey surveyed were in the 80 to 84 year old range. Our most senior member, Mark Sertich was 99 at the time of the survey.
Looking at the distribution we may need to recruit athletes between 95 and 98.
82% of those surveyed were born in Canada, while 18% were born in the United States of America.
Looking through the player bio's you will see there are many Canadians who now reside in the US.
British Columbia and Quebec take top honor in housing the most Real Iron Men of Hockey. Ontario is close behind, followed by Saskatchewan, California, Florida and Massachusetts.
Our athletes surveyed have a wide variety of career backgrounds, from self employed entrepreneurs, teachers, business management, farming, policemen, finance, engineering, firemen, military, provincial and state government, pilots, lawyers and architects.