An NHL career is definitely on the down slope once a guy hits the age of 35. The grind of season after season takes it's toll on everyone, regardless of age. Sooner or later, it's time to hang up the skates.
There are those who are opting for later.
There are 54 skaters who have seen their 35th birthday at this point of the NHL season. as we near the halfway point of the 2010-11 campaign, a lot of these players are more than holding their own night in and night out.
Here's my list of the top fifteen performers in the league over the age of 35. I gave a bit of weight to age as the big 4-0 was approached, but for the most part, age is just a number for these players.