After 21 seasons in the NHL, 42-year-old Matt Cullen is calling it quits. The three-time Stanley Cup champion (2x Pittsburgh, 1 Carolina) announced his retirement through the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
“I’ve been in a constant state of almost-retirement for the last few years. But coming into this last season, I knew that no matter what it would be the end,” Cullen wrote on the Penguins website in a Players’ Tribune-esque goodbye post. “It was an emotional time, but I knew it was coming. It just felt right and I was really at peace with everything when it was over. I felt like it was only right to retire in Pittsburgh with everything that the organization had given me and done for me. I’m so happy I came back and finished my last year in Pittsburgh. I wouldn’t trade that last year for anything.”
Cullen received many salutes on social media from his past teammates including current Capital Carl Hagelin.