Who is the oldest former NHL player? Stephen Wochy (born Wojciechowski; December 25, 1922) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player, who played 54 games for the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League. He was born in Fort William, Ontario. After Jim Conacher’s death in April 2020, he became the oldest living former NHL player.
Who is the oldest person in the NHL in 2021? Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins is now the oldest active player in the NHL after Matt Cullen announced his retirement Wednesday. Cullen, a forward who played 21 seasons in the NHL, is 136 days older than the defenseman, who turned 42 on March 18.
What age did Gretzky retire? Wayne Gretzky, the greatest hockey player of all time, retired at age 38, right before the conclusion of the 1998-99 NHL season. Having led the league in assists two of the past three seasons and having led the Rangers in scoring for the third straight season, he certainly retired when he was on top.
Who played in the NHL the longest? Gordie Howe appeared in 1,767 games, the second-most in league history. He held the record for most games played for 59 years, from 1961 to 2021. Zdeno Chara has played in 1,680 games as of the end of the 2021-22 season, the most by a defenseman.