Do Goaltenders Age Better?

I bet the average age of ice hockey goaltenders is the highest of any position in any sport outside of NFL field goal kicker. And if you adjust for some kind of ‘importance measure’ (say, share of team salary), they surely blow everyone else away.

Now, they don’t break ‘oldest athlete’ records and so have a smaller absolute range of ages than other sports, but the best seem (to me) to hit the performance wall much later.

I put together a spreadsheet of the ages of playoff goaltenders. Average age?

29 1/4 years old!

Median is a year younger.

Wow. Surely the highest.

Data is here. I did ages as days /365. Not perfectly accurate but I’m hardly about to start effing around with leap years.

I’m watching the game forchrissakes!

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