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Penguins center Matt Cullen retires after 21 seasons | Lexington Herald Leader

11 July 2019

Veteran centre Matt Cullen is retiring after a 21-season career that includes three Stanley Cup titles. He wraps his career with 1516 games played, 266 goals and 731 points. He was never a superstar - he only hit the 20-goal mark twice and never reached 50 points in a season - but he was always seen as a reliable, team-first guy who was great in the locker room. In fact, Cullen had two stints each with the Hurricanes, Wild and Penguins.

He had seven goals and 13 assists in 71 games with the Penguins this past season.

The longevity of Cullen's career was largely built on intangibles and character.

After bouncing around playing for the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, and the Ottawa Senators, Cullen landed with the Pittsburgh Penguins where he won back to back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cullen waves to fans during a pregame celebration of his 1,500th career NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh, March 5, 2019. Cullen was a second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in the 1996 draft, making his National Hockey League debut during the 1997-98 season.

Cullen also played on four World Championship teams. In nine games, Cullen had two goals and four assists for six points. He's a graduate of Moorhead High School and St. Cloud State University.

Penguins center Matt Cullen retires after 21 seasons | Lexington Herald Leader