Penguins center Matt Cullen retires after 21 seasons

The Associated Press
Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cullen waves to fans during a pre-game celebration of his 1500th career NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Cullen joins Chris Chelios as the only two American-born players to accomplish the feat. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cullen waves to fans during a pre-game celebration of his 1500th career NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Cullen joins Chris Chelios as the only two American-born players to accomplish the feat. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Penguins center Matt Cullen has retired after a 21-season career that included three Stanley Cup titles.

The 42 year-old won a Cup with Carolina in 2006 and then consecutive titles with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017.

Cullen had 266 goals, 465 assists and 502 penalty minutes over 1,516 games with Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Minnesota, Nashville and Pittsburgh. He also had 19 goals and 39 assists in 132 career playoff games.

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Drafted 35th overall by Anaheim in 1996, Cullen's best statistical season came in Carolina's run to the Cup in the 2005-06 season, when he set career highs in goals (25) and points (49). He added 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 25 playoff games.

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

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