Who are the Oldest Players in the NHL

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The National Hockey League is full of talented hockey players, and as it is a collision sport where contact is not only expected but often essential to gameplay, it tends to shorten the life of a professional’s career – at least when compared to people who have a 9-to-5 job.

So it’s no surprise there aren’t a ton of NHL players in their late 30s or early 40s. We took a look at each NHL roster to discover the oldest players lacing their skates in the NHL.

Ageless Action

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Some say legends never die, and that just may be the case for 45-year-old veteran and oldest active NHL player, Jaromir Jagr. “The Ageless Wonder” currently suits up for the Calgary Flames but achieved the most success as a Pittsburgh Penguin – securing two NHL championship victories.

When the Minnesota Wild signed Matt Cullen this offseason after he decided against retirement, they weren’t signing an unfamiliar player to the team – Cullen, age 40, spent three seasons with the team several years ago and is also a native of the state. Over his 19-season career, he’s spent time on several teams, including the most recent Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins (oh, and he was on the Pens the cup-winning year before that as well, and won the cup during the 2005-06 season with Carolina).

The third oldest NHL player is Zdeno Chara, age 40. Chara was drafted 56th overall in 1996 by the New York Islanders and has played for two other teams, including his current squad, the Boston Bruins. He’s a seven-time All-Star select and won the Stanley Cup with his current team in 2011.

Fourth on our list is Mark Streit, age 39, of the Montreal Canadiens. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins team (along with Matt Cullen) that won the most recent Stanley Cup. Streit was drafted in 2004 by the Canadiens but has spent time with a few other teams.

Fifth in line is Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks. Hossa is 38 and has been in the league since he was drafted in 1997 by the Ottawa Senators. Hossa is also a three-time Stanley Cup champion – 2010, 2013, and 2015. He’s also one of only 45 NHL players to join the exclusive 500-goal club.

No. 6 is Roberto Luongo, a goaltender who laces up for the Florida Panthers at age 38. This two-time All-Star was drafted fourth overall in 1997 by the New York Islanders and has played for a variety of teams. This go-around with the Panthers, in fact, is his second stint with the team.

Jason Chimera (38, New York Islanders), Joe Thornton (38, San Jose Sharks), Patrick Marleau (38, Toronto Maple Leafs), make up the seventh, eighth, and ninth slots, respectively.

At age 38, Chris Kunitz (left wing for the Tampa Bay Lightning) is the youngest “oldest” NHL player on our top ten list.

The Oldest NHL All-Stars

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The NHL All-Star Game has a different format than the all-pro games of other professional sports. Since 2016, players from all four divisions make up four distinct All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. The game features a 3-on-3 tournament format and is divided into three 20-minute games, where the players compete in a single elimination tournament.

Who were the oldest players in last season’s All-Star Game then? For the Atlantic team, Frans Nielsen, then 33 year old (now age 34), took that honor. Nielsen was drafted in 2002 by the New York Islanders and spent many seasons there, recently relocating to Detroit to play with the Red Wings in 2016.

For the Central Division, Duncan Keith was the oldest at age 33 (now age 34). Keith has spent his entire professional career with the Chicago Blackhawks and was a part of their last three Stanley Cup titles. This was his third All-Star appearance and probably won’t be his last as he has continued to produce even as the years tack on.

Alexander Ovechkin, now age 32, was the youngest “oldest” All-Star (at 31 years old) last season as he suited up for the Metropolitan Division. He’s spent 12 seasons with one team – the Washington Capitals – and has been selected to the All-Star team a whopping 11 times. Ovechkin has received the Maurice Richard Trophy six times (awarded to the top scorer) and the Calder Memorial Trophy his rookie year (which is essentially the “rookie of the year” award in the NHL). It’s safe to say his return to the All-Star Game is pretty likely.

For the Pacific Division, Mike Smith was the oldest at age 34 (now age 35). Currently playing for the Calgary Flames, Smith also has the honor of being the 11th goaltender in NHL history to score a goal when he played for the Coyotes.

The Oldest Pros

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Seasoned veterans can make a huge contribution to a team, both in the locker room and on the ice. Forty-year-old Matt Cullen, for example, returns to the Minnesota Wild as an experienced player, a Stanley Cup winner, and a local.

Zdeno Chara is another great example of a veteran presence on a team he’s been with for eleven seasons and counting. Showing no signs of slowing down as of late, he’ll continue to contribute.

How about Brooks Orpik? The 37-year-old Washington Capitals player won the 2009 Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins and will likely continue to play at a high level in the upcoming season.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Columbus Blue Jackets is a pretty young team – their oldest player is Brandon Dubinsky, age 31. He was drafted in 2004 by the New York Rangers, where he played for six seasons before departing for Columbus in 2012.

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Top 10 Oldest Players in the NHL

  1. Jaromir Jagr (45) Calgary Flames
  2. Matt Cullen (40) Minnesota Wild
  3. Zdeno Chara (40) Boston Bruins
  4. Mark Streit (39) Montreal Canadiens
  5. Marian Hossa (38) Chicago Blackhawks
  6. Roberto Luongo (38) Florida Panthers
  7. Jason Chimera (38) New York Islanders
  8. Joe Thornton (38) San Jose Sharks
  9. Patrick Marleau (38) Toronto Maple Leafs
  10. Chris Kunitz (38) Tampa Bay Lightning

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New Look NHL Jerseys: Central Division

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Central Division Jerseys

The wait is finally over. The NHL has released visuals of the 31 new Fanatics Breakaway jerseys – designed for the fans, by the fans.

In partnership with the National Hockey League and Adidas, Fanatics launched their latest branded merchandise: the “Breakaway” jersey. A lot of hype has circulated the advanced technology incorporated into the new jerseys – from the breathable FanShield fabrics to the customizable FanID option for NHL devotees.

Read on to see the aesthetic changes implemented to all seven franchises competing in the NHL’s Central Division.

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Over in the Windy City, the Chicago Blackhawks paired with Adidas to ensure their timeless threads remain untouched. And from the looks of it, the Fanatics Breakaway replica hit the spot. Save for minor modifications to the collar (which is now wider), the Hawks will take the ice in the same fashion as before.

Colorado Avalanche

 

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The Colorado Avalanche are one of the few franchises in the league to embrace the change of their jersey’s design. The redesigned uniform stands as a tribute to the team’s original look, satisfying the pleas echoed by old-school fans throughout the past few seasons.

It appears that the Avs opted for a light blue on the shoulders and sleeves, and abandoned the majority of white on the collar. White stripes now line the blue patches that run from wrist to neckline. The most notable change, by far, is the added blue and white stripes that extend to the waistline.

Dallas Stars

 

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Although rumors claimed the Dallas Stars were in for a complete jersey change, the Texas-based squad chose to preserve the team’s #VictoryGreen identity and traditional jersey stripes.

Minnesota Wild

 

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The Minnesota Wild ushered in a new era of uniforms by axing their old Christmas-themed sweaters and presenting a new green design. The laces below the collar are now tucked in, and the piping along the shoulders has been removed. The team’s “Wild Creature” logo sits solo on the player’s chest while a thick, white stripe crosses the center of the jersey.

Other notable changes include thin red stripes on the sleeves and a white stripe placed at the end of the waistline.

Nashville Predators

 

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The Nashville Predators’ new Fanatics-crafted jersey embraces a more minimalist look. The Tennessee-based crew ditched the white piping on the front of the sweater, along with the blue patches just below the collar. A keyboard is found on the inside of the collar, and guitar strings now run through player numbers – a nod to Nashville’s iconic music scene.

St. Louis Blues

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Not many aesthetic changes were implemented into the St. Louis Blues’ new look. The team opted to maintain its previous jersey design during the transition to the Breakaway threads. Aside from technological changes, the team’s new sweaters now feature white jersey numbers instead of yellow ones.

Winnipeg Jets

 

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Following in the footsteps of other NHL franchises, the Winnipeg Jets conserve the same ole’ jersey design. At a second glance, you’ll notice the laces below the collar are now tied down rather than hanging loose.

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NHL Trade Deadline Analysis

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Trades and trade rumors were exciting in the final hours and minutes before the NHL trade deadline came and went. Once the clock hit 12 a.m. on March 2, 2017, team rosters were frozen – no more moves could be made. Some franchises were able to upgrade, while others … not so much.

Is your team fielding a better lineup now than they did in December or January? How were these trades graded, and did your team’s general manager come out looking like the star pupil or class clown? We took a look at some of the biggest trades that occurred right up until the NHL trade deadline window closed to see which teams came out looking the best.

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Here are the biggest deals, broken down by days, that occurred before the NHL trade deadline expired.

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Sunday, February 26

The Los Angeles Kings trade G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick, and a conditional pick in the 2017 Draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning for G Ben Bishop and fifth-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Welcome to LA Ben.

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Ben Bishop may not have been a Lighting player at the end of the season, so the team’s general manager Steve Yzerman found a way to get some value for the established goalkeeper. However, the quality of this trade depends on how the conditional pick pans out, as it may be tied to how deep into the playoffs the Kings go. The Kings gave up a lot for Bishop, especially since one of their goalies, Jonathan Quick, returned from injury in fine form. It’s an expensive insurance policy.

The Arizona Coyotes trade F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Minnesota Wild for F Grayson Downing, a first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, a second-round pick in 2018, and a conditional pick in 2019.

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher wants to win the Western Conference, and this move brings his organization closer to doing that. While he had to use draft picks as collateral, he also helped the Wild keep prospects such as Kirill Kaprizov, Jordan Greenway, and Joel Eriksson Ek. The Coyotes and general manager John Chayka, however, managed to get a high return for a player who could be on a different team next season. Both the Coyotes and Wild earned high marks for their trade deadline execution, each received an A- from SBNation.

Monday, February 27

The St. Louis Blues trade D Kevin Shattenkirk and G Pheonix Copley to the Washington Capitals for F Brad Malone, F Zach Sanford, a 2017 Draft first-round pick, and conditional draft picks.

👋 @shattdeuces! Kevin meets the media. #RockTheRed

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How do you set up your team as Stanley Cup favorites? If you’re Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan, you go out and upgrade in an area where you’re already dominant. Adding Shattenkirk to his team’s defense, even if it is just until the end of the season, helps to strengthen their power plays. On the other side of the puck, the Blues were in a no-win scenario. Last year, they let David Backes and Troy Brouwer leave as free agents without capitalizing. The Blues didn’t make the same mistake this time, but they’ll need the Capitals to advance deep into the playoffs for those conditional picks to come good.

The Tampa Bay Lightning trade F Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs for F Byron Froese and a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Did the Toronto Maple Leafs want an extended trial of Brian Boyle before he hits free agency at the end of the season? Perhaps! Their cupboard was stocked with second-round picks, so they didn’t give up too much to see if Boyle fits in well with the Leafs. Meanwhile, the Lighting may end up with 10 picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, giving them extended flexibility as they look to negotiate trades or acquire new talent after the season ends.

Tuesday, February 28

The Detroit Red Wings trade D Brendan Smith to the New York Rangers for a 2017 Draft third-round pick and a 2018 Draft second-round pick.

#NYR Brendan Smith set for his first game @thegarden as a #NYR!

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Most analysts were not a fan of the Rangers’ decision to sell off tomorrow for Brendan Smith, who is a strong defender but not on the level of a player like Shattenkirk, who went to the Washington Capitals. The New York Rangers earned C+ grades from CBS Sports and SBNation for this trade, both being very critical of how much they gave away to acquire the “more-than-viable fill-in” Smith. Meanwhile, Detroit earned A grades for a team that typically is buying, not selling, before the deadline.

Wednesday, March 1

The Tampa Bay Lightning trade F Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick, and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Philadelphia Flyers for D Mark Streit; the Tampa Bay Lightning trade D Mark Streit to Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2018 Draft fourth-round pick.

A busy #NHLTrade Deadline for Mark Streit, who ends the day as a member of the @penguins.

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This three-team trade may end up getting counted as a win for each of the three teams involved, even if the Tampa Bay Lightning just worked their magic as a middleman. While the Lightning did manage to add to their draft pick total and free up some cap space, the other two teams found ways to add players in positions of need. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking for Streit to provide quality help on defense while the Flyers, in Filppula, get a playmaking center who still has a year remaining on his existing contract. If he doesn’t pan out, the Flyers would be able to ship him off next season without too much lost.

The Detroit Red Wings trade F Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for D Dylan McIlrath and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Welcome to the squad, Thomas Vanek! 👊

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As a team looking to push for a wild-card spot, the Florida Panthers needed to do something. What they did was add Thomas Vanek to their side, in the hopes he can add the same attacking threat he provided the Detroit Red Wings. Vanek has scored 15 goals for Detroit this season, which is more impressive when you consider he missed nearly a month of games due to injury. The Red Wings continue to stockpile assets they can either use in the draft or include in trades after the end of the current season.

Face Off

Your team may have been one of the many teams wheeling and dealing before the close of the NHL trade deadline. Did they give up more than you thought they should? Do you believe they did enough to make a legitimate push into the Stanley Cup Finals this year? Or are they already scheming for what happens at the end of the season? No matter how your team ended up, make sure you sport their colors at the game or out-and-about by getting the best officially licensed NHL team merchandise and apparel at Fanatics.com.

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Mapping NHL Teams: Central Division

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The NHL, National Hockey League, is made up of players and fans from around the world. Within the Western Conference is the Central Division, made up of seven teams battling it out to advance to the playoffs and make their supporters proud. This division includes teams from the U.S. and Canada: the Minnesota Wild; the Chicago Blackhawks; the St. Louis Blues; the Nashville Predators; the Dallas Stars; the Winnipeg Jets; and the Colorado Avalanche.

While many of these teams’ fans may be local, often their players are not. We wanted to see just exactly who is lacing up to take the ice within the Central Division. Let’s head to center ice and see the similar and sometimes varied backgrounds and hometowns of these professional hockey players.

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While there are 170 players across these seven teams, almost half are of Canadian heritage. Several key players in this division, such as the Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon (born in Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues (born in King City, Ontario), call the most northern country in North America their home. While over 80 players may claim a Canadian birthright, the second largest group is only represented with 30 players – the U.S.

Representing just below 20 percent of the division’s player population, it’s possible the most notable American player is Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane. He was a first overall draft pick in 2007 and has scored over 260 regular season goals in his career for the Blackhawks. He’s also a four-time All-Star and played a part in three Stanley Cup championships in 2010, 2013, and 2015.

Going Home Again

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Digging deeper into the two groups that make up almost two-thirds – or over 110 of the 170 – of the Central Division player population, we see a breakdown of the most and least common birth states and provinces. Across the provinces and territories of Canada, Ontario sees the largest share of players with over a third of all Central Division Canadian players – like P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators, born in Toronto, and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars hailing from Brampton.

Minnesota is the birth state of over 20 percent of Americans playing for a Central Division team. Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien hails from Roseau, Minnesota, and a fellow defender for the Colorado Avalanche, Erik Johnson, was born in Bloomington. Neighboring state, Michigan, is home to the second largest group of American players, such as Chicago Blackhawks center Tyler Motte or Vancouver Canucks center Reid Boucher.

International Face-Off

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While St. Louis is know as the Gateway to the West, it should potentially be known as the “Gateway to the North.” Over 65 percent of the Blues’ roster is made up of Canadian-born players, the largest percentage of any roster in the Central Division. Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets’ roster boasts the most American-born players, whether that’s Andrew Copp, Adam Lowry, or Connor Hellebuyck.

With a more multicultural lineup than most of the teams, the Nashville Predators’ roster has five Swedish players, like Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg; three Finnish players, like Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros; and two Swiss players, like Yannick Weber and Roman Josi. The Dallas Stars also have a diverse lineup, with players from the Czech Republic, Finland, France, and Sweden.

United Nations of Ice Hockey

Whether they come from Canada or America, Sweden or France, these players all put on the same pads and skates when taking the ice. Share their love of the game and pride for your team by picking up the latest officially licensed merchandise and apparel from Fanatics.com.

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