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Video: A 32-year-old scored his first NHL goal last night

Dec 30, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

Bracken Kearns AP

A PHT congratulations goes out to San Jose forward Bracken Kearns, who scored his first NHL goal last night at the age of 32.

“It was amazing, absolutely amazing. It felt so good,” said Kearns, per CSN Bay Area: “I’ve dreamt about scoring in the NHL since I was a kid, so it’s an amazing feeling.”

The goal gave the Sharks a 3-0 lead over the Ducks in a contest San Jose went on to win, 3-1, snapping Anaheim’s 10-game winning streak in the process.

We wrote about Kearns — son of former NHL d-man Dennis Kearns — a couple of years ago when he was making his NHL debut at the age of 30.

Here’s the goal:

If you’re curious, the oldest player to score his first NHL goal is former Soviet star Helmut Balderis, who did it at age 37 as a member of the Minnesota North Stars.


  1. cofran2004 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Good for him… he beat me to scoring my first. Although I do still have 5 years to somehow learn to skate, learn to shoot, get into shape, make an ECHL team, work my way through the AHL, get an NHL call up, and light the lamp on a nightly basis.

    Hey, it could happen… but congrats to bracken!

    • esracerx46 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Come on man! Get your butt into gear!

      Congrats to Kearns on achieving a dream most of us can’t even fathom.

  2. supercoop8 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    In a season of seeming never ending suspensions and concussions this is just the best.

  3. sjsharks66 - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Release the Bracken!

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