The long grind of the NHL postseason is a strenuous mental and physical challenge for its participants. It can be particularly draining for older players.
Regardless of years of experience and conditioning, age can slow the legs and dull the skills, hampering a veteran's abilities and effectiveness. Still, there are several players in this year's postseason doing their best to defy Father Time.
Some, though no longer capable of the heroics of their youth, are filling meaningful roles. A handful, despite their age, are still playing at an elite level. They're providing a fine example for their younger teammates to follow.
Here's a listing of 10 “golden oldies” making their presence felt in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs.