Donald Brashear comes out of retirement to play professional hockey at 51

Published September 21, 2023 at 8:51

Former NHL enforcer Donald Brashear has pulled a card out of Gordie Howe's playbook and has come out of retirement at the age of 51. Unlike Howe though, he won't be playing in the NHL.

Brashear signs with Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH) Team

The Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey, or LNAH for short, is a Quebec-based league that was founded in 1996 and consists of seven teams. Brashear signed a one year deal with the Jonquière Marquis, who finished third in the league last year.

Brashear has actually played in this league before, most recently in the 2015-16 season in which he played seven games and scored two goals for the Thetford Mines Assurancia.

Old Guys Can Still Play

Despite his age, Jonquière Marquis owner Bob Desjardins is quite happy with his latest aquisition.

"For me, it's like wow! I managed to convince Donald to join us. From the start of our conversations, I sensed that Brash wasn't closed to the idea. I have enormous respect for the man. Guys who have played over 1,000 NHL games, that's an incredible feat."

He even joked about Donald's age, making fun of himself in the process.

"Yes, he's 51, but it's incredible that he's still in such great shape. I'm 56 and it's hard for me to put my socks on in the morning."

According to Desjardins, two other teams in the league were also seaking his services.

Brashear most recently played in the NHL in the 2009-10 season with the New York Rangers.

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