Father time refuses to slow this man down. Just like Tom Brady, it doesn’t seem like Zdeno Chara is ready to call it a career just yet. After being the captain of the Boston Bruins for 13 seasons, Chara signed a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals last season. He had a solid season with the Caps even at 44 years old. He tallied 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points in 55 games. While the offensive stats aren’t flashy, Chara is still a beast in his own defensive zone.
It was not a happy end to the season for Zdeno Chara and the Capitals. Chara’s former team, the Boston Bruins, eliminated them in the first round of the playoffs in just five games. There was a lot of concern as to where Chara would take his life after last season. There was a lot of speculation as if he would retire, but that is off the table. Reports coming out are that Zdeno Chara is going back to the team where he started his NHL career, the New York Islanders.
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) September 18, 2021
A Familiar Place
Long Island is not a strange place for Big Z. His NHL career started back during the 1997-98 season with these same Islanders. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Islanders. In those four seasons, Zdeno Chara managed to tally 6 goals and 23 assists for 29 points in 231 games. Chara is known for being an absolute unit while in his own zone. Being 6’9 will do that for you. Even at 44 years old, he still displays the traits that made him a future hall of famer in this league. He will provide more grit to an already tough lineup in New York.
There is a reason that Zdeno Chara is such a household name around the NHL. He is one of the more recognizable players when on the ice for a lot of reasons. His leadership is not one to overlook and he is a great mentor for any young defenseman in this league. Over his entire career, he has split it with four different teams, the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, and Washington Capitals.
Over his career, Chara has managed to put up 207 goals and 459 assists for 666 points in 1,608 games played. What is more impressive is that he has exactly 2,000 penalty minutes over his entire career. His 108.8 MPH slapshot at the 2012 All-Star game is still the NHL record. Zdeno Chara also was the winner of the 2009 Norris Trophy for the best defenseman in the NHL. He also captained the Bruins to the first Stanley Cup win since 1972 back in 2011. He is still the tallest man to ever hoist the cup for an NHL team.
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