'I love the competition': N.S. hockey player, 90, aims to play until he's 100
Published Friday, February 26, 2016 10:48PM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 26, 2016 11:15PM EST
Mike Campbell spends three nights a week at the ice rink playing hockey with 'the boys' -- the 70- and 80-year-olds.
The Cape Breton resident recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his teammates, who say they admire Campbell's competitive spirit.
"He's the first guys here and the last guys off the ice," Roger Garabb told CTV News. "And he's the dirtiest guy on the ice, and I mean it too!"
His teammates can attest to his toughness.
"He always gives 100 per cent," Blair Joseph said. "If you go by him you pay the price with the stick."
Campbell admits that he “plays hard” on the ice.
"I just don’t want to embarrass myself, so I want to play hard," he said. "I just love the competition. I love the exercise and I never have to force myself to go."
Campbell said it's not just the hockey that helps him stay fit.
He doesn't drink or smoke, he shovels his driveway and works in his yard.
Campbell also credits his teammates for keeping him young.
"They always gave me encouragement, not to quit. Nobody at any time ever said, you should quit," he said.
The team recently helped Campbell celebrate his 90th birthday with a cake and a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey.
The life-long Leafs fan said his birthday wishes are to play until he’s 100 and to see his favourite team win another Stanley Cup.
With a report from CTV News' Todd Battis