Zdeno Chara Announces Retirement from NHL After 24 Season Career

Big Z is finally hanging up his skates following a lengthy 24 season career spent between the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals.

The Slovakian defenceman retires having played the most games all-time by a defenceman at 1,680 and seventh for all-time list.

At 45 years old, Chara will sign a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins, where he spent 14 seasons of his career and retire as a Bruin following two seasons away from the club where he spent his Bruins career as captain.

Chara ends his career with 209 goals and 680 points, and winning the 2008-09 Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman. As a Bruin he was a major part of their 2011 Stanley Cup win as his large frame and great defensive abilties made him one of the most feared defencemen in NHL history.

He was also instrumental on other Bruin playoff runs which include runs to the Finals in 2013 and 2019, along with other longtime Boston Bruins in Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask.

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Until his retirement today, Chara was the oldest active player in North American major professional sports leagues as he was one of the final few players in North America to have played during the 1990’s.

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