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Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, arrives at the rink for a game with his Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, arrives at the rink for a game with his Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, arrives at the rink for a game with his Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal (L), a retired dentist, plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (L), a retired dentist, plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (L), a retired dentist, plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal (9), a retired dentist, puts pressure on the net as he plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (9), a retired dentist, puts pressure on the net as he plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (9), a retired dentist, puts pressure on the net as he plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal (front, C) poses for a photo with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013 after their game. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (front, C) poses for a photo with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013 after their game. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (front, C) poses for a photo with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013 after their game. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal (L), a retired dentist, tries to put a shot on net as he plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (L), a retired dentist, tries to put a shot on net as he plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (L), a retired dentist, tries to put a shot on net as he plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal (C), a retired dentist, puts on his sweater before playing hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (C), a retired dentist, puts on his sweater before playing hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (C), a retired dentist, puts on his sweater before playing hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal (L), a retired dentist, chats with a teammate in the locker room before playing hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (L), a retired dentist, chats with a teammate in the locker room before playing hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and...more

Paul Koukal (L), a retired dentist, chats with a teammate in the locker room before playing hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, attends a family party before his hockey game with the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Tonawanda, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Photo taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, attends a family party before his hockey game with the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Tonawanda, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly...more

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, attends a family party before his hockey game with the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Tonawanda, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Photo taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal (2nd R), lines up to shake hands after a game with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013 after their game. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal (2nd R), lines up to shake hands after a game with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013 after their game. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for...more

Paul Koukal (2nd R), lines up to shake hands after a game with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013 after their game. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, poses for a photo after a game with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, poses for a photo after a game with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly...more

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, poses for a photo after a game with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, heads for the ice for warmups with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, heads for the ice for warmups with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly...more

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, heads for the ice for warmups with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken...more

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken...more

Paul Koukal, a retired dentist, plays hockey with his team, the Niagara Falls Senior Alumni Hockey League's Leafs, in Niagara Falls, New York January 17, 2013. Koukal turns 90 on Jan. 21 and continues to hit the ice for a weekly game. Picture taken January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Doug Benz
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