Oct 19, 2015 5:16 PM

75-year-old Mass. man brings the heat to Bedford hockey rink


BEDFORD - A Massachusetts man is a local legend around New Hampshire hockey rinks.

At age 75, he's one of the scrappy players on the ice in a very competitive league.

Everyone at the rink knows Bard Salmon...and his rugged reputation. He has two kids and three grandchildren. He started playing hockey on a New England pond and played with his older brother at M.I.T. but these days he's the rough and tough defenseman in the League of Scoundrels.

"I'm not bothered by someone's size or slap shot," said Salmon. "I might have a chance to nail someone in the boards," he confessed with a laugh.

At Bard's age most are slowing down but even after knee surgeries, he's still impressing his teammates and opponents.

"Someone might have a stroke, a heart attack,it's hard on the muscles and ligaments but I've been fortunate my body has withstood it."

"He's amazing at his age," said his teammate, Greg Natola. "He's out there playing and showing up every week giving us young guys inspiration."

Bard has played with his team for over a decade. He plays twice a week and to him, the game of hockey isn't just for fitness and fun. It's about the camaraderie is what keeps him coming to the rink.

"The emotion. The feeling if you win, you go into the locker room; everyone's talking, talking about different plays," Salmon said. "You lose, it's quiet... even if you're down by a lot, everyone's trying to get the next goal."

Bard's team won the league championship last year. His admiration for the sport has spread to many including his daughter who picked up the game in her 40s, not long ago. The battle scars, body checks, and defying age is all for the love of the game.


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