Zdeno Chara, the hulking defenseman who captained the Boston Bruins to their sixth Stanley Cup, introduced Tuesday he’s retiring from the NHL.
The 45-year-old finishes his profession with 209 objectives and 680 factors in 1,680 video games over 24 seasons with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Bruins and Washington Capitals earlier than returning to the Isles for what proved to be his final season. Chara scored twice and had 14 factors whereas averaging practically 19 minutes of ice time over 44 video games in what in the end grew to become his remaining NHL marketing campaign.
Chara, who at 6-foot-9 was additionally the tallest participant in NHL historical past, made his formal announcement with an Instagram put up. He additionally mentioned within the put up he signed a one-day contract so he might retire as a Bruin.
“I’m honored to return to TD Backyard at this time to signal a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins and formally end my profession with the crew that has meant a lot to me and my household,” Chara wrote.
Chara performed his first eight seasons with the Islanders and Senators earlier than signing with the Bruins heading into 2006-07 season. The Bruins additionally named Chara captain just some months after he signed as a free agent. He grew to become the third Slovakian-born participant to captain an NHL crew.
Chara spent 14 seasons with the Bruins and loved one of the memorable careers within the franchise’s illustrious historical past.
His time in Boston additionally noticed him emerge as one of many distinguished defensemen and leaders within the NHL. Chara received the Norris Trophy for his performances throughout the 2008-09 season. He scored 19 objectives and 50 factors whereas averaging greater than 26 minutes in 80 video games. He additionally completed eighth in Hart Trophy voting that season.
Within the 2010-11 season, Chara performed a vital function within the Bruins profitable an exhilarating, seven-game Stanley Cup remaining collection towards the Vancouver Canucks to assist the franchise win its first title in 39 seasons.
That very same season, Chara additionally received the Mark Messier Management Award.
Chara spent 14 seasons with the Bruins and scored 481 factors in 1,023 video games with the membership.
He remained with the Bruins by means of the 2019-20 season earlier than signing with the Capitals as a 43-year-old. Chara spent 55 video games with the Caps after which signed a contract with the Islanders to have a second stint with the membership that drafted within the third spherical in 1996. Chara’s profession additionally had an influence on what he did past the NHL. He led his native Slovakia to 2 silver medal finishes on the IIHF Males’s World Championships whereas guiding his homeland to second place on the World Cup of Hockey in 2016.
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