The 21 Oldest Professional Athletes Still Playing in 2018

When they were just rookies, they never could've predicted they'd still be playing in 2018. Yet here they are, battling against guys half their age.

Oldest Player in the NHL: Matt Cullen

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Oldest Player in the NHL: Matt Cullen

At 41 years old, Matt Cullen is the oldest active player in the NHL.

He's currently on a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2018-2019 season.

"I'm proud of the fact I've played as long as I have," Cullen told StarTribune.com earlier this year. "It's not easy. It's a young man's game. So, yeah, I'm proud of the fact I've played as long as I have."

Cullen credits his longevity in part to a stretching routine he performs prior to bed each night.

He believes staying loose has allowed him to maintain a powerful skating stride despite appearing in 1,445 career NHL games.

Cullen could lose his status as the NHL's resident graybeard if a team decides to give Jaromir Jagr a shot.

Jagr, age 46, briefly played with the Calgary Flames last season before finishing the year with a team in the Czech Republic. He has not ruled out a return to the NHL.

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