Hi there Capitals-fans! Didn´t find anything about a thing I find rather impressive in an odd way. Posted in The History Board, but thought that some here may be interested in it.
Keitch Aucoin is if I´ve understood it correctly playing tonight and therefore making his NHL playoffs debut at 33. Debuting 33 or older is a "feat" rather unusual, there´s been four this millenium. Three being older Europeans coming over.
Not being a Washington- or Keith Acouin-fan I say kudos Aucoin for sticking around. Must be a big day for him.
Here´s a list including anyone 33 or older making there playoff debut, if anybody should be interested in this kind of hockeyhistory:
38. Connie Madigan, 1972-73, regular season and play off debut
38. Jack Laviolette, 1917-18, reg. and p.o. (obviously not a “real” debut, as he wasn´t able to play before as the league started that season… already won the SC and played many seasons in the NHA – but if you wanna be a “paper nazi” he´s up there )
36. Joe Hall, 1917-18, reg. and p.o. (same situation as Laviolette...)
37. Art Duncan, 1928-29, po. (also not “real” debut, lost 3 SC-finals before NHL-debut…)
36. Leo Reise, 1928-29, p.o.
36. Helge Bostrom, 1929-30, reg. and p.o.
35. Herb Gardiner, 1926-27, reg. and po. (also won the Hart Trophy that year…)
35. Joe Simpson, 1928-29, p.o.
34. Dick Irvin (sr.), 1926-27, reg. and p.o.
34. Cully Wilson, 1926-27, p.o.
34. Irwin Boyd, 1942-43, p.o.
34. Bob Barlow, 1969-70, p.o.
34. Lubomir Sekeras, 2002-03, p.o.
34. Petteri Nummelin, 2006-07, p.o.
33. Johnny Matz, 1924-25, reg. and p.o.
33. Dave Ritchie, 1924-25, p.o.
33. Ed Gorman, 1925-26, p.o.
33. Charlie Langlois, 1927-28, p.o.
33. Ty Arbour, 1929-30, p.o.
33. Jacques Toupin, 1943-44, reg. and p.o.
33. Bill McCreary, 1967-68, p.o. (St. Louis first team...)
33. Bob McCord, 1967-68, p.o.
33. Myron Stankiewicz, 1968-69, reg. And p.o.
33. Barry Ashbee, 1972-73, p.o.
33. Jiri Bubla, 1982-83, p.o. (reg. 1981-82, actually not defecting, but allowed to leave like Milan Novy and Ivan Hlinka)
33. Patric Kjellberg, 2002-03, p.o.
33. Mathieu Darche, 2009-10, p.o.