Just how old are the players in the NHL? Of all the 750+ players who played at least 7 games in the 2010/11 season here are how many there are by year of birth. This is my first attempt uploading an Excel chart, which I had to copy into Photosuite and save as a jpg. The greatest number of players were born in 1984, players who turned 26 in 2010. From that age and older there is a steady decline in frequency. I was born in 1979, aged 31, and 80% of NHL hockey players are younger than I am.