You hear it all the time now, "hockey is a young man's game."
The endurance, skill, and physical fitness required to play hockey at the highest level has, in general, always favored younger players. But, since the inception of the so-called "new NHL," which came about after the 2005 lockout, speed and skill have been allowed to thrive like never before, making the game even more suited to younger talent.
Indeed, the past two Stanley Cup champions sported rosters whose best players were just this side of legal drinking age, cementing the notion that, if you want to win a Stanley Cup in this day and age, you'd better have a healthy dose of young blood pumping through your roster.
Without a doubt, hockey is and likely always will be a young man's game. However, that doesn't mean that some of the older dogs in the game can't give some of the young pups a run for their money. Teams often add veteran players to their roster for "experience" or "leadership." These are both fine things, but, to have a player that can deliver these things as well as a heaping helping of talent all on their own, well, that's about as coveted as the young phenom who's wearing out the highlight reel.
Thirty-five is hardly "old" in day-to-day life, but, in the NHL, it's tantamount to the beginning of a player's "golden years."
What follows is a list of 10 NHL veterans, 35 and over that, at the end of the day, are still rather large difference makers for their respective clubs.