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As the NHL has progressed more toward speed and skill, it seems as though the league has also progressed toward youth, with younger players taking up a bigger chunk of NHL rosters. This season, 174 players younger than 24 started the season with NHL

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Oct 28, 2016

As the NHL has progressed more toward speed and skill, it seems as though the league has also progressed toward youth, with younger players taking up a bigger chunk of NHL rosters. This season, 174 players younger than 24 started the season with NHL teams, a sizeable increase from past seasons. From 2012-13 through 2015-16, fewer than 140 players per season under the age of 24 managed to stick with an NHL roster for opening night.

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As a result, the league’s average age has been declining. The 2015-2016 season was the first since 1993-94 where both defensemen and forwards had an average age under 27 years old.

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Despite the youth movement, veteran skaters have found ways to be successful. The most prominent, of course, is 44-year-old Jaromir Jagr. At this point in his career, he is a living legend; teammates such as Aaron Ekblad, Aleksander Barkov, and Jonathan Huberdeau weren’t even born when Jagr made his NHL debut in 1991.

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Jagr isn’t the only old-timer still enjoying success at the NHL level, either. Here’s a look at the top 10 players in the NHL who are 34 and older:

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