A loose assembly of older, avid hockey players meet Tuesday mornings at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel for games. They come for the exercise and also because it keeps them off the streets and is better for the aging process than, say, staring at shopping channels on TV. Some are cancer survivors. Several have had heart attacks and open-heart surgery. At least one has a pacemaker. The number of bypassed arteries is around 20 or 25. There are several artificial knees, various arthroscopic procedures, a half-dozen repaired rotator cuffs and about a dozen stents. And there have been lots and lots of stitches.
Feb. 26, 2013 Clark Torell, left, and Iver Mindel get dressed for their weekly hockey game at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel. Torell, 71, built power stations for Bechtel and began skating on frozen construction ponds in New Jersey. Mindel, 68, is a former high school math teacher who first got a taste of hockey in college. Linda Davidson/The Washington Post Buy Photo