Video: 101-year-old Caps fan attends first game, rides Zamboni


If you get the chance to watch your favorite professional sports team play, you know just how exciting it can be, no matter how old you are. One Washington Capitals fan got that chance on Saturday when she celebrated her 101st birthday by watching the team take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

One of the most iconic things about any live hockey game is the Zamboni that resurfaces the ice during intermissions and Gert Friedman got the chance to parade around on it at her very first Capitals game Saturday night.

“What a fabulous experience that I’ve never had before and a perfect way to celebrate my birthday,” Friedman said.

She even got the chance to see the Capitals win and keep their hopes of getting to the Eastern Conference finals alive with a 3-1 victory. She talked about the game and her chance to ride on the Zamboni.

“It was great fun sitting up on the ice resurfacer seat and seeing the thousands of people,” Friedman said. “I’m very impressed with the skills and finesse and grace and speed of the players and their remarkable ability at playing the game. Thank you to the Caps and the NHL for creating this first-time, lifetime amazing experience.”

You can check out the video of her ride around the ice here. She just couldn’t stop waving and anybody watching this will not be able to stop smiling.

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Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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