Matt Cullen retires from the Pittsburgh Penguins at age 42

Ross Houston
July 11, 2019

Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cullen waves to fans during a pregame celebration of his 1,500th career NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh, March 5, 2019.

Matt Cullen has spent half his lifetime in the National Hockey League but, on Wednesday, the 42-year-old announced that he's calling it quits after a 21-year career. Chara has been in Boston for the previous 13 seasons and has played in 955 games, scoring 143 goals and notching 324 assists while wearing Black and Gold. "It just felt right, and I was really at peace with everything when it was over".

Cullen's first stint with the Penguins was from 2015 to 2017, when he helped Pittsburgh to back-to-back Stanley Cup titles.


Drafted 35th overall by Anaheim in 1996, Cullen's best statistical season came in Carolina's 2005-06 run to the Cup, when he set career highs in goals (25) and points (49, which he equalled two seasons later) while adding 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 25 playoff games.

Cullen left the Hurricanes that offseason to join the New York Rangers only for him to be traded back to the Hurricanes a year later.

Since debuting in the NHL in 1997, Cullen has appeared in 1,516 NHL games - 19th most in NHL history. The Minnesota native played for eight teams, accumulating 731 points (266 goals, 465 assists).


The veteran center announced his decision to hang up the skates via the Penguins' Twitter account on Wednesday.

Cullen also played on four World Championship teams.


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