Filppula was a game-time call, and he took warmups to test the injury, but he's been cleared to play. The 35-year-old will center the second line and seek to add to his 15 points in 48 games. He has three goals and six assists this season.
Valtteri Filppula turned 36 years old on January 17th, 2014. He is a Finnish forward who plays for the Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in Järvenpää, Finland, he first played with the Ilves team when he was 16 years old. In 1997, he moved to North America and joined the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). In 1998, he began playing with the Detroit Red Wings, where he has since won two Stanley Cups.
He is one of only four players to have scored a goal in an NHL game while wearing #00 along with Luc Robitaille, Eric Lindros, and Henrik Sedin.
In 2009, Filppula was selected to play in the All-Star Game. The following year, he was also named as a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and ability to lead by example.
At the age of 22, Getzlaf teamed up with Corey Perry (21) and Dustin Penner (24) to create the Ducks' "kid line," which emerged as the team's top scoring unit during the team's run to the Stanley Cup final in 2007. Getzlaf, who played his junior season at Boston College before turning pro, averaged more than a point per game during his first two seasons with the Ducks.
Getzlaf was drafted by the Anaheim Angels after playing only two seasons in the BC program but was traded to the Ducks along with Rick Madson in exchange for John Gibson, Andy Welinski and this draft's second overall pick (Tyler Johnson). He immediately became a key part of one of hockey's most successful young teams. As a rookie, Getzlaf led all NHL rookies with 10 goals and added 19 assists for 29 points in 48 games. He was named to the All-Rookie Team.
In 2008-09, Getzlaf improved upon those numbers with 26 goals and 62 assists for 88 points in 79 games. He was again selected to the All-Star Game and was named to the First Team of the 2009 NHL All-Star Game.
Getzlaf signed a six-year, $33 million contract extension with the Ducks in 2009. The deal will keep him in Anaheim through the 2015-16 season.
32 years old (August 8, 1988). Kor/Daniel Gallinari This is unsurprising given that he is one of, if not the, finest Italian basketball players of his generation and is coming off another successful season in the NBA. Gallinari is definitely past his peak at 32 years old, but he's still a bright, helpful player who can contribute on both ends of the floor. He averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds last season.
Born in San Marino, Italy, he moved with his family to Switzerland when he was five years old. They then lived in Germany for eight years before moving back to Switzerland. He grew up in Lugano, Switzerland, and started playing basketball when he was six years old. He joined the youth team of local club HC Lugano and played there until 1996 when he made the move to Pro-Cim Basket Calenzana. In 1998, he signed with Sutor Montegranaro where he stayed for three seasons. In 2001, he came over to Europe's top league, the Euroleague, when he signed with PAOK Thessaloniki. He spent two seasons in Greece before moving back to Switzerland in 2003 where he has been since.
He first made an impression during his rookie season in 2001-2002 when he helped PAOK win its first Greek championship. He followed this up by winning the Swiss Basketball Championship in 2002. Since then, he has won several more championships with different clubs in Switzerland and Greece.
This season, Iginla has nine goals and 22 points with the Flames. He spent his entire NHL career with Calgary, where he scored 525 goals. He had played 441 straight games before being pulled by the Flames on Wednesday night. "Iginla, Jarome, is 35 years old. He isn't 45 years old "Shero said. "He's one of our best players."
Iginla was drafted in 1996 by the Calgary Flames after playing two seasons at Boston University. He has one major award in his career - the Jack Adams Award as the top professional hockey player in Canada in 2003.
Iginla has four goals this season and three in eight games since returning from injury. He missed the first two months of the season because of a blood clot in his arm. The club announced in January that Iginla would be sidelined for six to eight weeks due to the same issue.
Iginla has two children: a son, Jagger, who was born in 1998; and a daughter, Summer, who was born in 2000. He and wife Tara divorced in 2001 after only being married for a year. In 2002, Iginla married Jessica Gass-Foster, former captain of the Canadian women's ice hockey team. They have one child together, a son named Tye.
Iginla was nominated for the Masterton Trophy which is given to the player who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of hockey.
It took a while for DeMarre Carroll to get rolling in his career, and it also took a few teams for him to find a place in the lineup. He received his first significant role with Atlanta when he was 27 years old. He wasn't renowned as a huge scorer, but he was a good rebounder and defender. Carroll's minutes have been decreasing over the last 30 years. He started out playing almost 30 minutes a game, but that number has dropped to around 20 today. Still, he's one of only four players left in the NBA who has played for three different teams since the 1980-81 season.
Carroll was born on January 4th, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents are both doctors -- his mother is a pediatrician and his father is an anesthesiologist -- and they lived in various cities during Dr. Carroll's professional basketball career (including Detroit, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta). They currently live in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
DeMarre has two brothers who are also athletes. Jahmal Carroll plays football for Virginia Tech and Jamil Carroll plays baseball for Vanderbilt University. The family business began when their father John Carroll was hired by the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach under Joe Dumars in 1975. He became head coach of the Pistons in 1990, taking them to the playoffs each year until 1996, when they were eliminated by the Chicago Bulls in the first round.