Matt Cullen Hangs Up Skates after 21 NHL Seasons

Matt Cullen Matt Cullen |  Photo: Courtesy: WDAY-TV

Updated: July 10, 2019 02:27 PM

Following three Stanley Cup titles and 21 memorable seasons, Minnesota-born forward Matt Cullen has officially announced his retirement from the NHL.

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The 42-year-old forward, born in Virginia, Minn. rounded out his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins finishing with seven goals and 13 assists in 71 games.

Cullen, the oldest playing in the league last season, skated with eight different franchises including; Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Minnesota, Nashville, and Pittsburgh. He celebrated playing in his 1,500th NHL game this past season putting him 19th overall in games played with 1,516 which ranks second-most among U.S. born players. His Cup wins came with the Hurricanes (2006) and the Penguins (2016, 2017) in back-to-back years.

Cullen graduated from Moorhead High School in 1995. During his time, he led Moorhead to three state tournament appearances and two runner-up finishes. He went on to play at St. Cloud State University from 1995 to 1997. He was then drafted in the second round, 35th overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

Cullen also played on four World Championship teams. He won bronse with Team USA in 2004.

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