Bruins to honor Zdeno Chara with ceremonial puck drop on Oct. 22

BOSTON- Boston Bruins to honor career of former Bruins captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara with a face-off ceremony on Saturday, October 22, when the team hosts the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden at 1 p.m.

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Chara, 45, led the Bruins to a playoff berth in 11 of his 14 seasons with the team, including a Stanley Cup championship in 2010-11. He ranks sixth in franchise history in games played (1,023) and third in points by a defenseman (481) behind Hall of Famers. Ray Bourque (1,506) and Bobby Orr (888).

During his 24-year NHL career, Chara received several individual accolades. He received the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2008-09, after recording a career-high 19 goals and 31 assists in 80 games with Boston. He was the recipient of the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2010-2011 for his exemplary leadership on and off the ice. He was named to the NHL First Team All-Star three times (2003-04, 2008-09, 2013-14), Second Team All-Star four times (2005-06, 2007-08, 2010 -11, 2011-12) and was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game six times (2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12). He was also a Golden Puck recipient as Slovakian Player of the Year six times (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2017-18, 2018-19). He twice received the silver medal with Slovakia at the IIHF World Hockey Championships (2000, 2012) and also received the silver medal with the European team at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

In 2011, Chara became the first Bruins captain to bring a Stanley Cup back to Boston since 1972. He would make two more trips to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 and 2019 and finished his career with 18 goals and 52 assists for 70 points. in 200 playoff games. Chara ranks first in the NHL with 14 career Game 7 appearances.

In his 14 seasons as a Bruin, Chara ranked first on the team in games played (1023), plus-minus rating (+240), penalty minutes (1055) and time on ice per game (24:29). Chara finished his Boston career with 148 goals and 333 assists for 481 points.

Off the ice, Chara consistently led the team in philanthropic and community events, both locally and internationally. For three years, Chara participated in the Bruins’ annual pie delivery, where he traveled to various shelters around Boston to donate pies for Thanksgiving. In 2019, Chara partnered with New Balance to host a shoe drive and donate shoes in Boston and Slovakia. Along with participating in annual team events including holiday toy shopping, hospital tours and the Bruins PJ Drive, Chara has also partnered with former Boston Mayor Martin. J Walsh, to donate 3,333 pairs of socks to seven local shelters in the city of Boston. Chara’s community initiatives and commitment led to a King Clancy nomination for the 2018-19 season, which is awarded to the player “who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a humanitarian contribution outstanding in his community.

Chara announced his retirement on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

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