Matt Cullen, who was the oldest player in the NHL last season, retired at the age of 42.
The forward played 21 seasons in the NHL, such as last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, when he had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 71 regular-season games.
“It was an emotional time, but that I knew it was coming,” Cullen informed NHL.com. “It just felt right, and that I was really at peace with everything when it was over.
“I felt as though it was only right to retire in Pittsburgh with all that the organization had given me done for me personally. I am so happy I completed my last year at Pittsburgh and came back. I would not trade that previous year for anything.”
When he helped Pittsburgh cullen’s first stint with the Penguins was to 2017. When he scored a career-high 25 targets, cullen hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes.
He ranks 19th in NHL history — and secondly one of U.S.-born gamers — in games played (1,516). The Minnesota native played for eight groups, accumulating 731 points (266 goals, 465 assists). Cullen was a second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks from the 1996 draft, which makes his NHL debut during the 1997-98 season.
“I am thankful for every game, every moment, this game has given me. … It is hard to think this is the end, but here I am,” Cullen said.
“I might have skated my final shift, but I am not hanging my skates up just yet. For me to have the ability to shoot (my sons) into the rink and play with them on the ice, as a father, that is as good as it gets”
–Field Level Media