101-year-old woman gets frisky with hockey star

A Canadian centenarian celebrates her birthday with some serious mullet love.


Juliana Bunim
December 7, 2005 4:36PM (UTC)

Who says nubile cheerleaders get all the action? When Edmonton, Alberta, native Lilian Hosking turned 101 on Sunday, she said her birthday wish was to run her fingers through the famous mane of local hockey star Ryan Smyth. And boy, did her dream come true. Smyth, a forward for the Oilers, appeared on Hosking's doorstep at the Meadowcroft seniors' residence on Monday bearing an autographed jersey and two puck-shaped brownies -- and Hosking went straight for his hair.

The Edmonton Sun got caught up in the action: "Hosking pulled Smyth in for a hug, her nimble fingers instantly twirling into his famous mullet.

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"Smyth, whose own grandmother and family mentor died three years ago, blushed and kissed her on the cheek. 'Now I'll have to bring back the Stanley Cup for you too,'" Smith said.

"It was my wish to see Smitty," explained Hosking, who has lived at Meadowcroft since it opened in 1972. "It's been the best birthday of my life ... I love to watch him skate up and down the ice and bang in goals. And I love his hair. I hope he never cuts it."

Is it just us, or is it hot in here?


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