Zdeno Chara, 2006
| 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
260 lb (118 kg/18 st 8 lb)
| NHL Team|
| Boston Bruins|
New York Islanders
|Born|| March 18, 1977,|
|NHL Draft|| 56th overall, 1996|
New York Islanders
|Pro career||1997 – present|
</div></div> Zdeno Chára (pronounced /'zdeno 'xaːra/, born March 18, 1977) is a Slovak ice hockey defenceman and team captain of Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). At 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he is the tallest player ever to play in the NHL.
Playing career Edit
Chara was drafted 56th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. After four seasons with the Islanders, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Chára was part of a package deal with Bill Muckalt and the second overall pick in that year's draft (Jason Spezza) that sent Alexei Yashin to New York.
As a Senator for four years, Chára found his game and more than doubled his previous offensive totals in his first season with Ottawa. In his second season with the team, 2002-03, Chára made his first All-Star Game appearance and recorded the second hardest shot behind Al MacInnis in the skills competition.
The next season, in addition to posting 16 goals and 41 points, Chára recorded the league's third highest plus-minus, behind Martin St. Louis and Marek Malik, culminating into his first Norris Trophy nomination. Although he would lose to Scott Niedermayer as the league's best defenceman, he would join Niedermayer on the NHL First All-Star Team.
After the 2004-05, in which Chára played in the Swedish Elite League for Färjestad, he increased his offensive numbers to 16 goals and 43 points, being named to the NHL Second All-Star Team. As Chára's would not come to terms to a new contract with Ottawa, he became an unrestricted free agent at the end of 2005-06.
Subsequently, on July 1, 2006, he signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Boston Bruins and was named the team's captain, a role left vacant since Joe Thornton's departure, before the beginning of the 2006-07 season. On January 13, 2007, Zdeno was named to 2007 All-Star Game in Dallas and won the hardest shot competition, clocking a shot at 100.4 mph (161.6 km/h).
In 2008, he was voted in as a starter in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career and repeated as the winner of the hardest shot competition, recording an even-faster 103.1 mph (166 km/h) on the radar gun. On March 8, 2008, during a game against the Washington Capitals, Chara suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder. However, after missing five games, he played the remainder of the season including the playoffs. Upon a first round elimination at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, he underwent a shoulder operation on April 29.
At the end of the season, Chara received his second nomination for the Norris Trophy after tallying a career-high 17 goals, 34 assists and 51 points, marking the fifth straight season he had either matched or increased his previous season's points total.
Zdeno Chára married his long-time girlfriend Tatiana Biskupicova on July 14, 2007 in a Catholic church in Nemšová, Slovakia. His father, Zdenek, was a Greco-Roman wrestler who competed for Czechoslovakia in the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Career statistics Edit
|1996–97||Prince George Cougars||WHL||49||3||19||22||120||15||1||7||8||45|
|1997–98||New York Islanders||NHL||25||0||1||1||50||--||--||--||--||--|
|1998–99||Lowell Lock Monsters||AHL||23||2||2||4||47||--||--||--||--||--|
|1998–99||New York Islanders||NHL||59||2||6||8||83||--||--||--||--||--|
|1999–00||New York Islanders||NHL||65||2||9||11||57||--||--||--||--||--|
|2000–01||New York Islanders||NHL||82||2||7||9||157||--||--||--||--||--|
|2001–02||HC Dukla Trenčín||SVK||8||2||2||4||32||--||--||--||--||--|
International play Edit
Chara has played for Slovakia in the following international competitions:
- 1999 World Championships
- 2000 World Championships
- 2001 World Championships
- 2004 World Championships
- 2004 World Cup
- 2005 World Championships
- 2006 Winter Olympics
- 2007 World Championships
See also Edit
- List of NHL seasons
- List of NHL players
- List of WHL seasons
- List of AHL seasons
- List of Boston Bruins players
- List of current NHL captains
- ↑ Wigge, Larry (2003). "Chara towers over NHL All-Stars". NHL.com. Retrieved on 2008-04-24.
- ↑ Allen, Kevin (2008). "Ovechkin, Chara dazzle in NHL All-Star prelude". USA Today. Retrieved on 2008-04-24.
- ↑ "Bruins D Chara has shoulder surgery". Yahoo! (2008-04-30). Retrieved on 2008-08-08.
- ↑ "Hamill a true surprise pick". Boston Globe (2007). Retrieved on 2008-04-24.
- ↑ Dupont, Kevin Paul (2006). "Perfect fit". Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2008-04-26.
- ↑ Simpson, Rob. "Chara's Challenge: Zee vs. The Mountain". Bruins.com. Retrieved on 2008-07-15.
- ↑ Simpson, Rob. "Bruins, Boots and Blisters". Bruins.com. Retrieved on 2008-07-15.
|Boston Bruins captains|
2006 – present
Current team captains of the National Hockey League
|Atlantic||Langenbrunner (New Jersey)||Guerin (N.Y. Islanders)||Drury (N.Y. Rangers)||Richards (Philadelphia)||Crosby (Pittsburgh)|
|Northeast||Chara (Boston)||Rivet (Buffalo)||S. Koivu (Montreal)||Alfredsson (Ottawa)||Vacant (Toronto)|
|Southeast||Vacant (Atlanta)||Brind'Amour (Carolina)||Vacant (Florida)||Lecavalier (Tampa Bay)||Clark (Washington)|
|Central||Toews (Chicago)||Nash (Columbus)||Lidstrom (Detroit)||Arnott (Nashville)||Brewer (St. Louis)|
|Northwest||Iginla (Calgary)||Sakic (Colorado)||Moreau (Edmonton)||M. Koivu (Minnesota)||Luongo (Vancouver)|
|Pacific||Niedermayer (Anaheim)||Morrow (Dallas)||Brown (Los Angeles)||Doan (Phoenix)||Marleau (San Jose)|