17-Year Veteran Forward Speaks On NHL Future

Heading into the 2022-23 NHL season, there were doubts about how much longer Joe Pavelski's career would last.

A 17-year veteran at the age of 38, retirement seemed like a possibility. However, at the Dallas Stars' final media day, Pavelski dismissed any notions of hanging up his skates.

Pavelski's remarkable performance throughout the season proved that age was just a number. As the oldest forward in the league this past season, he still put an impressive 28 goals and 49 assists while playing all 82 regular season games.

Even in the postseason, Pavelski's excellence continued, as he scored nine goals and provided five assists, playing a pivotal role in the Stars' journey.

What made Pavelski's achievements even more impressive was his ability to overcome challenges. Despite suffering a concussion, he bounced back and delivered standout moments in the playoffs. He became the oldest player in NHL history to score an overtime goal in a potential elimination game, highlighting his enduring abilities and determination.

Pavelski's remarkable accomplishments extended beyond individual records. He claimed the top spot on the NHL's list of active all-time playoff goal leaders, solidifying his status as one of the game's greats. His outstanding performance and leadership were evident throughout the season, and he became an invaluable asset to the Dallas Stars.

While Pavelski initially contemplated retirement, his remarkable season and the team's success convinced him to continue playing. In January, he even signed a one-year contract extension, demonstrating his commitment to the Stars. His decision to push forward into another season at the age of 38 is a testament to his passion for the game and his enduring love for hockey.

As Pavelski gears up for another season, fans eagerly anticipate witnessing his continued contributions and witnessing the legacy he continues to build. The talented winger has proven time and again that age is no barrier to success, leaving open the possibility of extending his career even further into his 40s. Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports