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2019-20 NHL ALL OLDIES ALL STARS

Thirty-five is usually the age when rec league hockey players start playing "Oldtimers" hockey. It's not too common that players of that age, and older, star or contribute greatly at the NHL level.

Following is the All Oldies All Stars- composed of the oldest NHL'er at each position. (Ages are as of May 26/2020.)

Wouldn't any of these players make the perfect "ringer" for your Oldtimers or pickup hockey team?

GOAL

RYAN MILLER, Anaheim

Born July 17, 1980.(39)
Drafted by Buffalo Sabres- round 5 #138 overall 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

At Michigan State University Miller won the Hobey Baker Award in 2001 as the top collegiate hockey player in the U.S. Won the Aldege (Baz) Bastien Memorial Award in 2004-05 as the best goaltender in the American Hockey League during the NHL lockout season.

Made his NHL debut with the Buffalo in 2002-03 and played with the Sabres until 2013-14. Won Vezina Trophy in 2009-10 as best goaltender in the NHL. After a short stint with St.Louis in 2013-14 he spent three seasons with Vancouver and the past three years with Anaheim where he has served as the backup for John Gibson.

DEFENSE

ZDENO CHARA, Boston

Born March 18, 1977.(43)
Drafted by New York Islanders- round 3 #56 overall 1996 NHL Entry Draft

Chara is in his 14th season with Boston after stints with New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators. The 6-9, 250 pound giant provides a veteran, steadying influence on the Bruins blueline.

Won Norris Trophy as NHL's top defenseman in 2008-09 and the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award in 2010-11. Member of Bruins 2010-11 Stanley Cup winning team.

DEFENSE

RON HAINSEY, Ottawa

Born March 24, 1981.(39)
Drafted by Montreal- round 1 #13 overall in 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Now with Ottawa, Hainsey's previous NHL stops include Montreal, Columbus, Atlanta, Winnipeg, Carolina, Pittsburgh and Toronto. The steady defender is in his 17th NHL season.

Hainsey won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2016-17.

CENTER

JOE THORNTON, San Jose

Born July 2, 1979.(40)
Drafted by Boston- round 1 #1 overall in 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Nicknamed "Jumbo Joe", Thornton is 6-4, 220 pounds.

Began his NHL career with Boston in 1997-98. Traded to San Jose Sharks in 2005-06. In the 2005-06 which he split between Boston and San Jose, Thornton won the Art Ross Trophy as leading scorer and the Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP.

An excellent playmaker, Thornton is climbing up the all-time assist leaders list.

LEFT WING

PATRICK MARLEAU, Pittsburgh

Born Sept.15/1979. (40)
Drafted by San Jose- round 1 #2 overall in 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

The speedy Marleau (who also plays center) was an integral part of San Jose's offense for 19 years before moving to Toronto in 2017-18 for two seasons. Marleau was captain of the Sharks from 2003-09.

He returned to San Jose in 2019-20 and played for both the Sharks and Pittsburgh that season.

Marleau was member of Canada's gold medal winning Olympic teams of 2010 and 2014.

RIGHT WING

JUSTIN WILLIAMS, Carolina

Born Oct.4/1981. (38)
Drafted by Philadelphia- round 1 #28 overall in 2000.

Nicknamed "Mr. Game 7" because of his stellar performances in the deciding game of NHL playoffs.

Williams is as a Stanley Cup winner with Carolina in 2006 and Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.

In September of 2019, Williams "decided to step away from the game" but returned to play 20 games before the 2019-20 season was "paused". He scored 8 goals and 3 assists.

- Randy Steinman

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