Nicklas Lidstrom and NHL's All Over-35 Team

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Nicklas Lidstrom and NHL's All Over-35 Team
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In a league that is getting younger by the day, I think it's time we recognize the talent that players at or over the age of 35 can still offer.

The National Hockey League's (NHL) veterans seem to already be in the forgotten past, as names like Nick Lidstrom, Teemu Selanne and Martin Brodeur are slowly being replaced by names like Drew Doughty, Sidney Crosby and James Reimer (sorry, Leafs fan bias), and rightfully so.

The young names of today's game are growing and dare I say it, making the game even more exciting than before. However, forgetting all the old names the NHL still has to offer until their Hall of Fame inductions years down is a crime, as they are just as vital to this league as anybody.

They are the pioneers of the current NHL era that the young names have grown up watching.

So, before we watch all the young, upcoming superstars lead the NHL into a new era, let's take a look at the best has to offer in terms of players aged 35 and up, because I can guarantee you these old "bags" can still teach the young a thing or two on the ice.

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