24. Chris Chelios
Unfortunately, not everyone can be Gordie Howe. Chelios found this out the hard way during an ill-fated seven-game spell with the Atlanta Thrashers. The 11-time NHL All-Star joined Atlanta at the tender age of 47. While he shares the record for most seasons with Howe, he didn’t share the Canadian’s impact on the ice as an elder statesman. In sum, he looked his age.
It’s always strange when a player close to 50 is in the same team as athletes half their age. Chelios was old enough to be the father of most of his teammates in Atlanta. How he related to them in the locker room is definitely strange. Chelios’s longevity must be respect because he was brilliant until suddenly age caught up with him. There’s no shame in that, but his time in Atlanta kept him in the NHL for a bit too long.