I was just looking into notable retired NHLers and this is what I can tell....out of NHL players who were at least good (meaning not necessarily HOFers but fairly good players), these are the ones who retired as of or before 1960 and are still alive (meaning not necessarily the oldest but the longest since retirement):
Wally Stanowski (retired in 1951)
Fleming Mackell (retired in 1960)
The first three were born in 1918/19 and the rest after '25. I don't know if I'm missing any. I'm sure there are more like Suomi but these are the ones I thought were notable, correct me if I'm wrong or missing any. Emile Bouchard passed away last year.
The first three were born in 1918/19 and the rest after '25. I don't know if I'm missing any...
Ya, looks about right. One omission though....
wasnt this guy the oldest & latest to retire from playing,
eclipsing even Gordie Howe? Signed to a 'C Form' in 37
by Red Dutton of the Amerc's. Traded to his hometown
of Chicago for Jack Shill.... finally hung em up in what, 09?
I mailed a custom hockey card to get signed by Mr. Wally Stanowski along with Edgar Laprade since neither had one showing their full career year by year stats. They're both 93 I think and were great NHLers...Laprade is actually in the HOF.
Anyways, I was quite happy when they both sigend and returned it fairly quickly. Nice to see more and more NHLers live past their 80s now...a lot of these fellows did a tonne of hard labour and tough jobs in unsafe conditions while or after they played.