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Zdeno Chara | Defenseman

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 255
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The Bruins defence is going to have to tighten up a bit if the team is going to realize the success it has had the past few seasons.
To date, key Boston defensemen are posting minus ratings. Zdeno Chara was minus three against Montreal Thursday night, Dennis Seidenberg is minus two after five games and Dougie Hamilton is minus four after six. "It's not like we've got a bunch of new guys who don't know how to play," said coach Claude Julien. "It's more that we've got to be a little more committed to playing good defense. Good defense wins games and championships." We expect the Bruins to improve in their five-on-five play so be patient with your Boston players. Oct 18 - 8:51 AM

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Zdeno Chara registered a game-high six shots in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Detroit.

The Bruins recorded just 17 shots in the defeat. Brad Marchand finished a little behind Chara with a total of four, but 10 players in the lineup failed to register a single shot on goal.
Oct 10 - 9:25 AM

Veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara scored a power-play goal at 14:17 of the third period in the Boston Bruins' 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals Wednesday.

The other Boston goal was scored by Simon Gagne, who is with the Bruins on a tryout. It was an empty-netter with four seconds remaining in regulation. Goalies Tuukka Rask (14 saves) and Jeremy Smith (12 saves) combined for the shutout. Capitals goalie Braden Holtby stopped all 21 shots he faced. Pheonix Copley played the third period and made eight saves.
Sep 24 - 10:49 PM

Zdeno Chara feels that at the age of 37, it's important that he continues to focus on what's ahead.

"There's always room to improve," said Chara. "I've been saying that for many years. It's about looking ahead, not back. I always say that players that are satisfied and think they did everything, that's not the right attitude. I always want to win and bring that attitude of never being satisfied or complacent with what you've done. I'm going into training camp just like every other training camp, trying to be the best I can and be prepared mentally and physicaly and lead the way into the season." All the same, it wouldn't be surprising if Chara starts to see his playing time start to tick downward slightly this season, especially if the Bruins' young defensemen like Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, and, once he's re-signed, Torey Krug, are able to build off of their promising 2013-14 campaign.
Sep 9 - 8:30 AM

Zdeno Chara left hand is still on the mend after a pair of slashes in the second round against Montreal.

"It's good. It's healed and we're still looking to get the full feeling," he said. "It should be something that we stay on top of and it'll get better." He suffered a broken pinky in Game 3 and a slice on his ring finger during Game 5. Chara still doesn't think that surgery will be necessary.
Jun 24 - 10:10 AM

Zdeno Chara doesn't think he'll need finger surgery.

Chara reportedly suffered a finger fracture during the Bruins' second-round series against Montreal. He didn't specifically confirm the injury, but he did say that it's something that will require monitoring over the next few days.
May 16 - 2:17 PM

According to Otto Sykora, who is the GM of the Slovakian national men's hockey team, Zdeno Chara suffered a finger fracture in Game 4 during Boston's second-round series against Montreal.

The report, via, also stated that the injury will require surgery. Sykora unveiled the story when he was asked if Chara would be joining his country for the ongoing World Hockey Championship in Minsk, Belarus. The big defenseman's game slipped as Boston's semifinal series went on, so it would make sense that he was playing banged up. Still, we will wait for confirmation from the Bruins before speculating further.
May 16 - 6:52 AM

Zdeno Chara was victimized in Games 6 and 7 by the speedy Montreal Canadiens.

Perhaps the Canadiens were right when they felt Chara was getting tired in the series. Max Pacioretty out-skated him to the puck for a back-breaking goal in Game 6 and he was unlucky in Game 7 when Daniel Briere's centering effort went off his skate and into the net. He was also whistled for eight penalty minutes in those two games and he posted just one shot. The 37-year-old defender has been able to avoid showing his age with solid play on the ice, but in Boston's second-round series against Montreal he appeared to be a step behind quite often.
May 15 - 10:34 AM

Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais indicates that Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara grew tired in Game 5 (even if Boston won).

"When you do that, he’s just another defenseman," Desharnais said. This isn't the first series where players have at least implied that the elite and large (but admittedly) aging blueliner might slow down. His on-ice play hasn't really giving those thoughts a whole lot of credence, however.
May 11 - 3:29 PM

Zdeno Chara is leading the Boston Bruins with an average of 25:52 minutes per contest.

Chara is also tied for second on the team with a plus-five rating. He recorded an assist on Saturday, giving him four points in 10 playoff games.
May 11 - 8:48 AM

Zdeno Chara registered a plus-5 rating in Boston's 5-3 win over Montreal in Game 2.

He played a game-high 26:59 of ice time in the contest, where he added an assist and five hits. Chara has three points in seven playoff contests in 2014.
May 3 - 6:18 PM

RDS is reporting the Bruins and Habs' second round series will begin on Thursday, May 1, at the TD Garden at 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 is a matinee on Saturday, May 3, followed by Tuesday and Thursday of the following week for Games 3 & 4 in Montreal. Since the Bruins disposed of the Red Wings in five games and the Habs swept the Lightning, Game 1 will come after a five day layoff for Boston and a nine day break for Montreal.
Source: RDS
Apr 29 - 8:21 PM

Zdeno Chara is a finalist for the 2013-14 James Norris Memorial Trophy.

The towering defenseman registered 17 goals and 40 points in 77 games, while posting a plus-25 rating and leading he Bruins in average ice time per contest (24:39). His 10 power-play markers ranked him second among NHL rearguards. Chara won the Norris in 2008-09 and this marks the sixth time that he's up for the award.
Apr 28 - 2:11 PM

Zdeno Chara found the back of the net in Boston's 4-2 win over Detroit.

It was Chara's 15th career goal in 134 playoff games. Among active players, Chara ranks 10th in total postseason contests, but those ahead of him, Sergei Gonchar and Brad Stuart, are still alive in their respective first round series.
Apr 27 - 8:37 AM

Zdeno Chara was more engaged in Game 2 against Detroit.

He nearly participated in fisticuffs with Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith at the end of the first period and scored a power-play goal in the third. Chara was also credited with four hits and two blocks. He ended up logging 26:04 of ice time in Boston's 4-1 win.
Apr 21 - 9:47 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Krejci
2Patrice Bergeron
3Carl Soderberg
4Ryan Spooner
5Gregory Campbell
6Marc Savard
LW1Milan Lucic
2Brad Marchand
3Matt Fraser
4Simon Gagne
5Daniel Paille
6Anthony Camara
RW1Loui Eriksson
2Reilly Smith
3Chris Kelly
4Seth Griffith
D1Zdeno Chara
2Torey Krug
3Dougie Hamilton
4Dennis Seidenberg
5Adam McQuaid
6Matt Bartkowski
7Kevan Miller
G1Tuukka Rask
2Niklas Svedberg