Cullen retires from NHL after 21 seasons

Matt Cullen, who was the oldest player in the NHL last season, retired at the age of 42.
The forwards played 21 seasons in the NHL, including last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, when he had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 71 regular-season games.
“It had been an emotional time, but I knew it was coming,” Cullen informed NHL.com. “It felt right, and that I was really at peace with everything as it was finished.
“I felt as though it was only right to retire in Pittsburgh with everything that the organization had given me done for me. I am so glad I came back and completed my this past year in Pittsburgh. I would not trade that previous year for anything.”
When he helped Pittsburgh cullen’s first stint with the Penguins was from 2015 to 2017. When he played with a career-high 25 goals cullen also hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
He ranks 19th in NHL history — and also second one of U.S.-born gamers — in matches played (1,516). The Minnesota native played for eight teams, amassing 731 points (266 targets, 465 aids ). Cullen was a pick of the Anaheim Ducks in the 1996 draft, which makes his NHL debut during the 1997-98 season.
“I’m thankful for every single match, every second, this game has given me. … It’s hard to think that this is the end, but here I am,” Cullen said.
“I may have skated my final shift, but I’m not hanging my skates up just yet. For me to have the ability to shoot (my sons) to the rink and play with them on the ice, as a dad, that is as good as it gets.”
–Field Level Media

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