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Zdeno Chara | Defenseman

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 255
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Zdeno Chara admits that he doesn't like when people judge him because of his age.
Chara, 38, missed 19 games because of torn ligaments in his knee early in the year, and he was also dealing with a non displaced fracture of his left fibula at the end of the season. "I don’t understand why all of a sudden my age is an issue just because I got hurt and I missed a lot of games, a big chunk of the season," said Chara, 38. "I don’t like it. I don’t like when people start to judge you based on age or the amount of games you played.I still feel very motivated, very confident that I’m going to be healthy and strong next season. I don’t know. Obviously I am planning to play beyond what maybe people are guessing or expecting. My plans have always been to play in this league at a high level for a long time." May 17 - 10:46 AM

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The Boston Bruins confirmed that Zdeno Chara does indeed have a fractured bone.

More specifically, the fracture is in his left fibula and it's non-displaced. He won't need surgery and should be fine in four weeks. He is no longer expected to play in the 2015 World Championships as a result.
Apr 21 - 6:28 PM

Zdeno Chara apparently suffered a fractured ankle near the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

Chara will not play in the World Championships as a result. He might have sustained the injury when he was struck by the puck on April 4. That would mean that he played through the injury for three games as the Bruins tried to make the playoffs.
Apr 21 - 3:44 PM

Zdeno Chara expects to return to form next season.

"I know people talk about my age and this and that, but trust me, it’s not an issue," said the 38-year-old blueliner. "If it wasn't an issue last year, why would it be an issue this year? One year (doesn’t change) everything. It's something where an injury did happen and it obviously slows down the season." He wasn't 100 percent when he returned from a torn PCL, but he feels fully recovered now even though he plans to wear knee braces for the rest of his career. Chara had 20 points and an even plus-minus rating in 63 games.
Apr 14 - 8:41 AM

Zdeno Chara said the PCL in his left knee is permanently torn.

He suffered the injury back in October and missed 19 games with the ailment. However, it won't require further surgery and it has healed sufficiently. Chara posted just 20 points in 63 games this past campaign. The 38-year-old blueliner may not be much of a fantasy factor anymore.
Apr 13 - 2:20 PM

Zdeno Chara was hobbled by another shot on Wednesday.

At 13:11 of the first, he blocked a shot that sent him down to the ice and over to the bench in pain, but he stayed in the game and ended up logging 23:25 of ice time. Chara appeared to get hit again in the foot/ankle like he was in Saturday's game against Toronto.
Apr 9 - 8:25 AM

Zdeno Chara is expected to play Wednesday after he returned to practice on Tuesday.

He blocked a shot with his ankle on Saturday and missed Monday's session as a result. However, he felt fine on Tuesday.
Apr 7 - 4:31 PM

Zdeno Chara blocked a shot with his left ankle on Saturday, but he was able to finish the game.

"I know he's better (yesterday) than he was after last game, so we'll hope for the best here," coach Claude Julien said Monday after Chara was absent from practice. The Bruins called it a "maintenance day" for the big defender and said he was listed as "day-to-day."
Apr 7 - 10:18 AM

Zdeno Chara skipped Monday's practice for maintenance, according to coach Claude Julien.

It's apparently related to a blocked shot from Saturday, so he's being listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Boston visits Washington on Wednesday, so Chara has some time to rest up before that meeting. In the meantime, Joe Morrow has joined the Bruins from Providence.
Apr 6 - 11:42 AM

Zdeno Chara scored a goal in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Chara's goal at the 10:22 mark of the third period cut Tampa's lead to 4-2, but it was too little too late for Boston. Chara finished the game with a minus-1 rating with five shots on goal, two hits and a blocked shot in 24:14 of action. Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins. Boston has a one point lead over the Ottawa Senators for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Mar 22 - 7:40 PM

Zdeno Chara scored a goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.

The goal was scored into an empty net, but Chara also had two shots, three blocks and he finished the game with a plus-2 rating in 24:13 of ice time in the contest. Age seems to have caught up to Chara, but he is still more than capable of contributing at the NHL level. The 37-year-old has seven goals and 19 points in 49 games this season.
Mar 15 - 11:10 AM

Zdeno Chara scored a goal in Boston's 3-2 overtime win over Philadelphia.

He beat Flyers' goaltender Steve Mason with a wrister from the point. Chara's first period goal opened the scoring at the 7:07 mark of the opening frame. The 37-year-old has now picked up two goals and an assist in his last three contests. He has six goals and 18 points in 45 games this season. Chara is still an effective player but injuries and age have definitely slowed him down.
Mar 8 - 9:58 AM

Zdeno Chara scored on the power play and assisted in the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday night.

Chara still makes his presence felt in a positive way for Boston, even if his offensive production has slowed at 37. The goal was just his fifth of the season — first since Feb. 16 — and he now has 19 points. Fantasy owners will have to reel back their expectations next season. Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic matched Chara’s night with a goal and an assist of their own. Brad Marchand picked up the other goal.
Feb 28 - 8:19 PM

Zdeno Chara scored his fourth goal of season to put the Bruins up 2-0 in the first period, but the lead would evaporate in a 4-3 overtime loss in Calgary.

Dougie Hamilton circled the offensive zone while looking for someone to dish to, and as he came around the net he found the Captain all by his lonesome out by his point. So, naturally, Hamilton gave Chara a pass the old man could walk into and hammer home. Chara also contributed two hits along with his goal in 26:45 of ice time, and has 14 points in 37 games on the season.
Feb 17 - 2:24 AM

Zdeno Chara did some skating over the All-Star break to keep himself in shape.

He sat out 19 games because of a tear in his knee earlier this season, so he's anxious to get the unofficial second half started. Chara should be better as the NHL reaches the home stretch. "I feel better. I feel obviously that I got my stride back," he said. "You know it's something that when you're coming back from an injury, it's not something that you can just have back right away in a few games. But you’re still making adjustments those first few games, as far as the game and yourself and finding that comfort. After a few games you start to feel you're regaining and start to feel better and better. So yeah, it's all better."
Jan 29 - 10:09 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1David Krejci
2Patrice Bergeron
3Carl Soderberg
4Gregory Campbell
5Marc Savard
LW1Milan Lucic
2Brad Marchand
3Daniel Paille
4Maxime Talbot
RW1Loui Eriksson
2Brett Connolly
3Reilly Smith
4Chris Kelly
5David Pastrnak
D1Zdeno Chara
2Torey Krug
3Dougie Hamilton
4Dennis Seidenberg
5Adam McQuaid
6Matt Bartkowski
7Kevan Miller
8Joe Morrow
G1Tuukka Rask