Penguins F Cullen retires after 21 seasons

Penguins F Cullen retires after 21 seasons

Penguins F Cullen retires after 21 seasons

"I may have skated my last shift, but I'm not hanging up my skates just yet".

He won the Norris Trophy voted as the best defenseman in the NHL in 2008-09, has been selected to play in five NHL All-Star Games, helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011, and is the longest-tenured captain in the NHL (since 2006-07). "It just felt right and I really at peace with everything when it was over". I wouldn't trade that past year for anything.

Drafted by the then Mighty Ducks of Anaheim with the 35th overall pick in 1996, Cullen went on to play for eight National Hockey League teams: The Ducks, Panthers, Hurricanes, Rangers, Senators, Wild, Predators and Penguins.

"I felt like it was only right to retire in Pittsburgh with everything that the organization had given me and done for me", Cullen wrote. He won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017 after joining the team as a free agent.

"I remember waking up in the middle of the night many times these last few years thinking, 'What am I doing?" I don't think I can play another year in the NHL.' After each time I signed the past few years I woke up in a cold sweat, not sure if I could still play.

"I definitely was able to push my body to different limits, which I kind of heard they exist but was never in that position that I had to push it", Chara said June 14. I don't know anything else.

Cullen had been the oldest active player since January 29, 2018, when Calgary Flames forward Jaromir Jagr was assigned to Kladno in the Czech Republic.

Cullen had 731 points (266 goals, 465 assists) and 502 penalty minutes over 1,516 career games with Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Minnesota, Nashville and Pittsburgh.