|Assets:||Can shut down opposing forwards with aplomb. Loves to hit people. Plays with tremendous intensity and grit. Is a true leader in the dressing room. Possesses a great point shot, which produces a good number of goals. Is also a great pugilist.|
|Flaws:||Has difficulty defending some of the quickest forwards in the NHL, since he can struggle with quick turns. Is prone to taking the occasional bad penalty. Doesn't have the speed to rush up ice with the puck consistently.|
|Career Potential:||Elite all-around defenseman and leader.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2010-11 (Boston)|
|NHL||James Norris Memorial Trophy||2008-09|
|NHL||Mark Messier Leader of the Year Award||2010-11|
|NHL||First All-Star Team||2008-09, 2003-04|
|NHL||Second All-Star Team||2011-12, 2010-11, 2007-08, 2005-06|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2011-12, 2010-11, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07, 2002-03|
|10/02/2012||Signed with HC Lev Praha (KHL).|
|12/17/2011||Missed 2 games (leg injury).|
|12/13/2011||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|4/18/2011||Missed the last playoff game (dehydration).|
|10/09/2010||Signed by the Boston Bruins to a seven-year contract extension.|
|3/11/2010||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|3/09/2010||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/20/2008||Missed 5 games (upper body injury).|
|3/09/2008||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/11/2007||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|1/06/2007||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/01/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins to a five-year contract.|
|4/11/2006||Missed 10 games (hand injury).|
|3/23/2006||Hand injury, day-to-day.|
|12/03/2005||Suspended by the NHL for one game.|
|9/24/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the Farjestads of the Elitserien (Sweden).|
|8/10/2004||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators to a two-year contract.|
|7/16/2004||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|3/08/2004||Missed 1 game (right foot injury).|
|3/06/2004||Right foot injury, day-to-day.|
|2/10/2004||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|2/03/2004||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/08/2003||Missed 8 games (chest injury).|
|2/17/2003||Chest injury, day-to-day.|
|5/14/2002||Missed Game 6 and 7 of Round Two against Toronto (knee injury).|
|5/12/2002||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|3/30/2002||Missed 4 games (flu).|
|1/20/2002||Missed 3 games (shoulder injury).|
|1/15/2002||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|9/24/2001||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators.|
|6/23/2001||Acquired from the New York Islanders.|
|7/01/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins.|
|6/23/2001||Ottawa Senators traded Alexei Yashin to the New York Islanders for Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt and 1st round selection (Jason Spezza) in 2001.|
|6/22/1996||Drafted by the New York Islanders in the 3rd round (56th overall) in 1996.|
Zdeno Chara tops active players in TOI | 05/23/2013 2:17 AM
NewsWhile Ryan Suter's 31:37 minutes per game easily tops all players in this postseason, Zdeno Chara is averaging the most ice time among active participants.
ImpactChara is logging 29:23 minutes per game, comfortably ahead of Drew Doughty (28:06) and Kris Letang (27:17). With that in mind, the towering Boston Bruins captain would likely welcome the "rust" that may come from a second-round sweep.
Chara logging ridiculous ice time | 05/18/2013 9:36 AM
NewsZdeno Chara has been logging a ridiculous amount of ice time in the Bruins' eight playoff games to date.
ImpactHe has averaged 30:02 minutes per game, tops in the NHL and a full two minutes more than second place Drew Doughty of the Kings. In Boston's last two games, both first-period overtime victories, Chara has been on the ice for an astounding 73:48. Needless to say, the 6'7" rearguard is running on all cylinders now.
Zdeno Chara remains red hot in Round 2 | 05/17/2013 8:09 AM
NewsZdeno Chara has been a handful at both ends of the ice during Boston's 2012 playoffs.
ImpactHe continued his remarkable two-way play in the Bruins' 3-2 overtime win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday. Chara racked up a game-high 38:02 of ice time, while dishing out nine shots, six hits and two points. The towering defender got his second goal of the postseason and he leads all defensemen in scoring with 10 points in eight games. The Bruins will continue to lean heavily on him even when their young blueliners, who are currently in the lineup, are replaced by the team's injured veterans.
Zdeno Chara a monster in Game 7 for Bruins | 05/14/2013 9:01 AM
NewsZdeno Chara was a monster in Game 7, logging 35:46 of ice time.
ImpactWith Seidenberg hurt, veterans Wade Redden and Andrew Ference out and two youngsters in the lineup, Chara and Johnny Boychuk (28:30) had to pick up the slack. "It was hard," said Chara. "We had a short bench right away. But that's when you have to be smart. Sometimes you do take longer shifts. Sometimes you take quick ones. But at that point, our thinking, I don't think was about thinking about the exhaustion. It was more about doing the right thing, the right play, being in the right position, and hopefully we scored before they do." Chara had a helper, a plus-two rating and three shots on goal in the win.
Zdeno Chara scores, but Bruins drop Game 5 | 05/10/2013 10:00 PM
NewsZdeno Chara scored the Bruins' lone goal in a 2-1 loss Friday night.
ImpactDavid Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg each registered an assist on Chara's goal. Chara also registered a team-high eight shots on goal, followed by Jaromir Jagr with seven. Johnny Boychuk had three blocked shots, giving him 21 in five games. Milan Lucic recorded a team-high seven hits for the Bruins.
Zdeno Chara grabs four helpers Wednesday | 05/09/2013 10:18 AM
NewsZdeno Chara contributed an assist on all four of Boston's goals in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win against Toronto.
ImpactThe towering defenseman had only one helper in the team's previous three playoff games versus the Maple Leafs. The game didn't begin well for Chara either after he was on the ice for Toronto's first two goals, but he finished strongly and ended up with an even plus-minus rating.
Chara and Seidenberg separated | 05/04/2013 10:25 AM
NewsBoston coach Claude Julien split up his top defensmen pairing during Friday's practise.
ImpactHe separated Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. Chara was skating alongside Adam McQuaid, while Seidenberg paired with Johnny Boychuk. Wade Redden and Dougie Hamilton were the third pair. We are not sure if this is how the Bruins will lineup for Saturday's contest but we don't believe it will matter much. The defense corps should have no trouble containing the Maple Leafs' offense no matter how it is configured.
Boston GM expects more from Zdeno Chara | 04/30/2013 8:24 AM
NewsBoston GM Peter Chiarelli expects to see a better Zdeno Chara when the playoffs begin.
ImpactChiarelli didn't sound satisfied with the play of the Bruins captain when he spoke to the media on Monday. "For Z, he's obviously a very valuable player, one of the best, if not the best, defensemen in the league. Obviously you want him to be firing on all cylinders. So like the rest of them, he's got to get his game back," Chiarelli said. "With Z, it's about a strong defensive game, nothing fancy, big shots, a lot of straight lines. He is, obviously, important to the team, and what he does a lot of guys follow. He's got a lot of experience and we expect him to get his game where it has to be." Chara finished the regular season with two assists and a minus-3 rating in his last eight games. He'll be tasked with shutting down Toronto's Phil Kessel in the opening round of the playoffs and he's done a good job of that in regular-season play since Kessel was traded to the Leafs.
Zdeno Chara should be fine for Tuesday | 04/23/2013 7:13 AM
NewsZdeno Chara didn't practice Monday after a collision he had against Florida on Sunday.
ImpactCoach Claude Julien said the Boston captain suffered no ill effects, so we expect him to play Tuesday night.
Chara scores but Bruins can't hold off Pens | 03/12/2013 10:24 PM
NewsZdeno Chara scored his fifth goal on a Boston power play Tuesday night in a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh.
ImpactChara and Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Penguins stormed back in the third with three unanswered markers to earn the victory. Chara has 11 points and a plus-11 rating in 24 contests.
Julien supports Chara for defending Seguin | 03/05/2013 8:35 AM
NewsCoach Claude Julien came to Zdeno Chara's defense for his actions in Sunday's loss to Montreal when he took 17 minutes penalties to defend teammate Tyler Seguin.
Impact"What Zdeno Chara did yesterday, I support 100 percent," said Julien Monday. "Besides that 17 minutes of penalties he got, what he did is going to go a long way for our hockey club. Especially for Tyler Seguin. Tyler's a good player. He needs to know everybody's got his back. Zdeno showed that yesterday. That will allow Tyler to become a better player. When you know people have your back, you can play at ease. That thing that Zdeno did is certainly going to help Tyler be comfortable." He added that the team was more responsible for their third-period collapse than it was about not having Chara for most of the frame.
Zdeno Chara penalties hurt Boston on Sunday | 03/04/2013 10:55 AM
NewsThe Bruins ended up paying for Zdeno Chara's attempt to stand up for teammate Tyler Seguin in Sunday's loss to Montreal.
ImpactBoston held a 3-2 lead late in the second period when Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin chopped at Seguin and sent him to the ice without a penalty. Chara went after Emelin as a result of the play and earned himself two for instigating, five for fighting, and a 10-minute misconduct. With Chara in the box, Montreal scored two goals before the midway point of the third to record a 4-3 victory.
Zdeno Chara gets his 3rd goal of 2013 | 02/25/2013 10:26 AM
NewsZdeno Chara scored his third goal of the season on Sunday.
ImpactChara pulled off an impressive spin-o-rama before beating goaltender Jacob Markstrom. That goal extended Chara's point streak to three games and gives him eight points in 15 contests.
Zdeno Chara has big game in win Monday | 01/28/2013 11:48 PM
NewsZdeno Chara had a goal and two assists in the Bruins' 5-3 win over the Hurricanes Monday night.
ImpactWith the three-point night, Chara now has five points in as many games in this shortened 48-game season. Dougie Hamilton registered his fourth assist of the season in the contest and should be owned in all formats if he's still available in your free agent pool.
Zdeno Chara scores the game-winner Friday | 01/25/2013 10:49 PM
NewsZdeno Chara netted the game-winning goal in Boston's 4-2 win against the New York Islanders.
ImpactShawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell, and Patrice Bergeron accounted for the Bruins' other three goals. Dougie Hamilton registered his second and third assists of the season.
Zdeno Chara hopes Euro trips helps Bruins | 01/10/2013 9:55 AM
NewsZdeno Chara arrived in Boston from the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
ImpactHe is hoping that Boston can get off to a strong start since they had so many player go overseas to play during the lockout. "We were one of the teams that had most guys involved and playing, 12 guys overseas and some others guys in the minors," Chara said. "That's a pretty good number, considering that some teams maybe didn't have half of that. If it's going to be an advantage or not, we'll see. Hopefully it is." The Bruins captain played in 25 games with Lev Praha of the KHL, where he posted 10 points, 24 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating while averaging 24:44 of ice time. He can contribute in several categories and should be high on everyone's draft board.
Report: Bruins to open up at home vs. Rangers | 01/09/2013 9:26 PM
NewsThe Bruins will open their season at home against the Rangers on Jan. 19.
The Boston Globe
ImpactThis according to The Boston Globe, which says the NHL informed the Bruins of their opener. It's expected be be a 7:00 p.m. EST start. Boston was 1-2-1 versus New York last year.
Lockout's end draws Zdeno Chara from KHL | 01/06/2013 3:36 PM
NewsGood news for the Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara's KHL team informed him of the CBA agreement, allowing him top avoid the risk of injuring himself in a Sunday game.
ImpactChara had a solid run with Prague Lev, although his numbers (four goals and six assists for 10 points in 25 games) aren't exactly eye-popping. He's one of many Bruins who stayed in game shape (or close to it) during the lockout.
|Cze Jr.||Total||Cze Jr.||15||1||2||3||-||42||-||-||-||-||-||0.20|
|Svk Jr.||Total||Svk Jr.||24||1||13||14||-||80||-||-||-||-||-||0.58|
|Svk U18||Total||Svk U18||30||22||22||44||-||113||-||-||-||-||-||1.47|
|Goals||1||7 times-last:at NJ||last:Apr 10||1|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Apr 20||3|
|Points||3||at Car||Jan 28||3|
|Penalty Minutes||17||vs. Mtl||Mar 3||19|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. Tor||Mar 7||4|
|Power Play Goals||1||3 times-last:at NJ||last:Apr 10||1|
|Power Play Points||1||4 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Apr 20||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Apr 28||0|
|Shorthanded Points||1||at Car||Jan 28||1|
|Shots||6||vs. Ott||Apr 28||9|
|Penalty Minutes||157||2000-01 (NYI)|
|Plus/Minus||+33||3 times-last: 2011-12 (Bos)|
|Power Play Goals||11||2008-09 (Bos)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||6 times-last: 2010-11 (Bos)|
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