Every hockey player is different. Some are young rookies looking to break into the league and make a big statement.
Others are veterans who have been around the show long enough to know exactly what's going on.
These are the players who have survived and thrived through the test of time to become as good or better than others half their age.
The men in the following slides have it all. Skills, determination, heart and a never-say-die attitude. And each one is over the age of 35 and still playing elite hockey.
Here are five men who even Father Time can't stop at this moment.
Martin Brodeur is considered one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. He has been a New Jersey Devil his entire hockey career.
Brodeur is currently the all-time goalie leader in wins, losses, shutouts and games played. He also holds numerous franchise records.
This season, the French-Canadian has continued his strong play with a record of nine wins and two losses with one shutout.
His goals-against average (GAA) is 2.18 and he has a save percentage of 0.913.
In his latest game, he was even credited for his third career goal. What can't he do?
"The Finnish Flash" is still lighting it up with the NHL's Anaheim Ducks.
Teemu Selanne started his career by being drafted by the Winnipeg Jets 10th overall in the 1988 entry draft. He went on to set the all-time rookie record of 76 goals in one season. That mark has never been equaled.
He has also played for the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche throughout his career.
He stands with seven goals and 12 assists for a solid 19 points on this lockout-shortened season.
"Teddy Flash" has had a streaky campaign so far but still has all the skill in the world to find his teammates or the back of the opponent's net.
Jaromir Jagr is easily one of the most productive Europeans to ever play NHL hockey. He is the current goals, assists and points leader among European-born and trained players.
He is a former Penguin, Capital, Ranger and Flyer. The Czech-born player served as captain for both the Rangers and Penguins in his stints with those clubs. Jagr is currently playing right wing on the Dallas Stars.
Even at age 41, Jagr is showing himself to be the consummate hockey player. He's totaled 22 points so far coming in the form of 12 goals and 10 assists.
It appears he has found the fountain of youth, as he continues to play a high-level game and leads his Stars squad in total points in this short season.
Sergei Gonchar is like a fine wine. He only gets better with age.
The Senators blueliner currently leads his team with a solid 21 points. That's two goals and 19 assists in his 28 games played thus far.
He is on fire as of late and has registered a point in nine straight contests.
Gonchar also reached an NHL milestone a few years back by becoming the first Russian defenseman to reach 200 total goals.
The Russian-born player has looked extremely dangerous this season and has continued to be an effective offensive defenseman for the Sens.
Martin St. Louis is the perfect example of what an undrafted player can become in the big leagues.
Despite being only 5'8", the former Vermont Catamount standout has enjoyed immense success in his NHL career.
He is having another solid season for the Bolts and has accumulated seven goals and 32 assists for a pronounced 39 points.
The right wing hailing from Laval is a very smart player with excellent hockey IQ and speed to burn. The winger is also incredibly durable and only missed seven games between the years of 2002 to 2012.
St. Louis is one of the most creative playmakers in the game today and stands as a symbol that anyone can achieve their dream through hard work and perseverance.
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