At nearly 101 years old, Gert Friedman has experienced almost everything.
However, when she attended Saturday’s Washington Capitals game, it was her very first NHL contest. She didn’t just sit in the stands, either.
Friedman rode the Zamboni, the ice resurfacing machine, between the first and the second period. Decked out in a Braden Holtby throwback jersey, she soaked in the moment, waving to a crowd cheering her on.
Gert celebrated her 101st birthday by attending her first ever @washcaps / NHL game. Story: https://t.co/0xuYpYTKFN pic.twitter.com/5AitbyZv8W
— #StanleyCup Playoffs (@NHL) May 8, 2016
“What a fabulous experience that I’ve never had before and a perfect way to celebrate my birthday,” Friedman told NHL.com. “It was great fun sitting up on the ice resurfacer seat and seeing the thousands of people.
“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.”
Friedman has lived in Arlington, Va. since 1940. She was a school teacher and also worked at the National Gallery of Art and the Hishhorn Museum. She and her husband, Herbert, were married for 60 years before he passed away in 2000.
You can watch her once-in-a-lifetime ride here.