Zdeno Chara finally hangs up his skates

Three NHL players announced their retirement from the game on Tuesday. One of these players was Zdeno Chara, who after 24 years in the NHL has decided to pursue a career. He spent 14 years with the Boston Bruins, five years including his final season with the New York Islanders, four years with the Ottawa Senators and one season as a member of the Washington Capitals.

Even though it only lasted one season, it was great fun to see Chara wear the red, white, and blue and call it ours. He brought leadership to the dressing room and many players young and old looked up to him. Although he is definitely the oldest in the room.

Chara was drafted in the third round 56th overall by the Islanders in 1996. He signed a one-day contract with the Bruins to retire with them. His time with the Bruins was when he was well known in the league. He even helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2011.

In Chara’s only season with the Caps, he recorded two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 55 games. It was a pandemic-shortened season but he only missed one game.

Chara’s two goals both came against former teams. His first goal came against the Islanders at home in a 6-3 victory on January 28. On February 1, he lit the lamp again this time at home against the Bruins in an eventual loss where the Caps lost the lead.

Chara was 43 when he adapted for the Caps. He is retiring after turning 45. He announced it on his Instagram.

Chara wrote, “After 25 seasons of professional hockey, 1,680 NHL regular season games, 200 Stanley Cup playoff games and hundreds of international games, I’m proud to announce my decision to withdraw from the National Hockey League. In doing so, I am honored to return to TD Garden to sign a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins and officially end my career with the team that meant so much to me and my family. There are so many people who have contributed to my success, including all of you, and I can’t wait to give everyone a proper thank you.

Congratulations on a brilliant career, Big Zee! Stars and Sticks wishes you the best for your retirement.

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