Darien resident named Oldest Ice Hockey Player by Guinness

A Darien resident now holds the Guinness World Record for oldest ice hockey player, as of Nov. 27. Former Connecticut Superior Court Judge Harold Dean, 86, played with the Puckaneers Ice Hockey Team in Oldsmar, Florida on that day, and told the Darien Times that he still plays three or four times a week.

Dean’s dedication to the sport goes back to his youth, having served as a captain of his high school team at Hackley School in Tarrytown, N.Y. He went on to play at St. Lawrence University in college. Dean’s playing career was put on hold for a while when he embarked on a 28-year tour with the Air Force, earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then spent 30-years serving on the bench in Connecticut.

He now spends much of the year in St. Petersburg Florida, and finds himself playing frequently with Canadian expats who have made the move to the Sunshine State. Earlier this year, Dean competed in the USA Hockey National Championships in the over-70 division, and a Goals for a Cause charity tournament for seniors.

In 2000, Dean was a member of the Central Ontario team that won the CARHA World Cup. The event is said to be the largest international recreational hockey tournament for adults.
“Getting old takes courage, it’s not for sissies,” Dean told the Times.

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