Zdeno Chara
Zdeno Chara
Bruins - Defenseman
NUMBER: 33
HEIGHT: 6' 9"
WEIGHT: 255
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 03/18/1977
AGE: 37
BIRTHPLACE: Trencin, SVK
DRAFTED: NYI: 1996-56 overall

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Was named the 18th Captain in team history on Oct. 3, 2006 ... Has won one Stanley Cup championship (2011 with Boston) ... Has played in six NHL All-Star Games (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012) ... Has a 3/10 record in NHL shootouts (2 deciding goals).

2012-13: Was one of four Bruins to play in every game ... Had two multiple-point games with his season-high a 1-2=3 effort on Jan. 28 at Carolina ... Had a four-game point streak from Mar. 11-16 (2-2=4 totals) ... Played his 500th game as a Bruin Mar. 11 at Ottawa ... Had three multiple-point playoff games including a career-high four-assist effort on May 8 in Toronto which were the most assists by a Bruin in a playoff game since May 3, 1991 (Vladimir Ruzicka vs. Pittsburgh) ... Had a five-game playoff point streak from May 8-16 (2-7=9 totals) ... Played 25 games with Lev Praha of the KHL during the lockout with 4-6=10 totals.

2011-12: Led all NHL defensemen and tied for third overall with a +33 rating ... Finished fourth in scoring among league blueliners and set career season-highs in assists (40) and points (52) ... Was a finalist for the Norris Trophy for the fifth time in his career and was voted to the NHL's Second All- Star Team ... Had 15 multiple-point games, including two three-point efforts which matched his career-high for points in a game ... Had a five-game point streak from Mar. 25-Apr. 1 which included a four-game assist streak from Mar. 27-Apr. 1 (1-7=8 totals) ... Had a four-game assist/point streak from Oct. 29-Nov. 7 (0-7=7) ... Played his 400th game as a Bruin Oct. 8 vs. Tampa Bay, recorded his 300th NHL assist on Jan. 5 vs. Calgary and played his 1,000th NHL game on Mar. 24 in Los Angeles, becoming the 277th player overall and 91st defenseman to hit that milestone and the 11th to do so while playing for Boston ... Missed two games to injury and did not dress for one game (coach's decision) ... Captained his team at the All-Star Game, scored the game-winning goal and was a +7 ... Broke his own record in the Hardest Shot competition at 108.8 mph ... Tied his career-high for points in a playoff game with a 1-2=3 effort Apr. 16 at Washington which included the game-winning goal at 18:07 of the third period.

2010-11: Hit the 10+ goal and 40+ point marks for the seventh time ... Finished with the league's top plus/minus rating at +33 and ranked sixth overall in the league in time on ice at 25:26 ... Had eight multiple-point games, with his season-highs three-point nights each Jan. 17 vs. Carolina, Mar. 22 vs. New Jersey and Mar. 24 vs. Montreal which matched his previous career-high for points in a game ... Scored his first career hat trick on Jan. 17 vs. Carolina, becoming just the fourth defenseman in team history to accomplish the feat, joining Bobby Orr (9), Ray Bourque and Glen Wesley, and the first since Wesley on Dec. 15, 1993 in New Jersey ... Had a four-game point streak from Jan. 8-13 (2-3=5 totals) ... Played his 900th NHL game on Feb. 5 vs. San Jose ... Recorded his 400th NHL point with a goal on Mar. 22 vs. New Jersey ... Did not dress for one game (coach's decision) ... Played in his fifth NHL All-Star Game and had two assists ... Broke his own record in the Hardest Shot competition with a 105.9 mph blast ... Had 2-7=9 totals in 24 postseason games and led the NHL in playoff plus/minus at +16 ... Had two multiple-point games, including a career-high for goals and points in a playoff game with a 2-1=3 effort on May 4 vs. Philadelphia ... Had a three-game assist streak from June 4-8 (0-4=4 totals) ... Played his 100th NHL playoff game on June 15 in Vancouver in game seven of the Stanley Cup Final ... Missed game two of the Conference Quarterfinal vs. Montreal with an illness ... Was a Norris Trophy finalist.

2009-10: Led the team in plus/minus at +19 and led team defensemen in scoring, finishing third overall in the club's scoring race ... Had six multiple-point games with his season-high a 1-2=3 night Dec. 23 vs. Atlanta, which tied his career-high for points in a game ... Had three four-game point streaks ... Had an assist on the overtime goal in the 2010 Winter Classic game vs. Philadelphia at Fenway Park on Jan. 1 ... Took four shootout shots, scoring one goal which was the deciding tally on Jan. 14 at San Jose ... Played his 800th NHL game on Dec. 18 in Chicago ... Missed one game to injury and did not dress for one game (coach's decision) ... Added 2-5=7 totals with 29 PIM in 13 playoff games, setting a career post-season high in goals and tying his previous high in points ... Recorded his first career multiple-point playoff game with a two-goal effort on Apr. 17 vs. Buffalo.

2008-09: Won his first Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman and was named a First Team All-Star as well ... Scored a career-high 19 goals, the most by a Boston defenseman since Ray Bourque in 1996-97 (19) ... Had 11 multiple-point games, all two-point efforts including matching his career-high for goals in a game with two two-goal nights ... Had two four-game point streaks, from Dec. 6-12 (2-2=4 totals) and Jan. 17-27 (2-3=5 totals) ... Had three three-game point streaks as well ... Played his 700th NHL game Nov. 6 vs. Toronto, recorded his 200th NHL assist Jan. 10 vs. Carolina, earned his 300th NHL point in a 1-1=2 effort Feb. 5 in Ottawa and scored his 100th NHL goal Feb. 28 vs. Washington ... Did not dress for two games (coach's decision) ... Added 1-3=4 totals in 11 playoff games, including a two-assist effort May 10 vs. Carolina ... Played in his fourth NHL All-Star Game Jan. 25 in Montreal ... Defended his Hardest Shot title for the third straight year.

2007-08: Was voted a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman ... Had ten multiple-point games, including a career-high for assists in a game with three Jan. 12 at Philadelphia ... Had a six-game point streak from Feb. 16-28 (6- 2=8 totals) ... Had two four-game point streaks, from Nov. 10-20 (1-4=5 totals) and Jan. 12-20 (1-5=6 totals) ... Missed five games with a shoulder injury ... Was voted a starter for the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Game and won the Hardest Shot competition for the second straight year.

2006-07: Led the NHL in average ice time at 27:57 minutes per game ... Had six multiple-point games with his season-high a 1-2=3 effort Feb. 3 at Carolina, which matched his career-high for points in a game ... Had a five-game point streak from Dec. 16-26 (1-4=5 totals) ... Had a four-game assist/point streak from Jan. 11-17 (1-5=6 totals) ... Scored an overtime goal Feb. 3 at Carolina ... Recorded his 200th NHL point with an assist in a 1-1=2 night Jan. 11 vs. NY Islanders ... Played his 600th NHL game Mar. 20 in Montreal ... Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 6 at Florida and recorded his first points as a Bruin with two assists in that game ... Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 26 vs. Montreal ... Missed two games with a hip injury ... Played in the NHL All-Star Game and scored two goals ... Won the Hardest Shot competition during the All-Star Super Skills events.

2005-06: Had nine multiple-point games, all two-point efforts including two two-goal games ... Had a five-game point streak from Dec. 20-28 (3-3=6 totals) ... Had two four-game point streaks, from Oct. 27-Nov. 2 (3-4=7 totals) and Mar. 1-6 (1-3=4 totals) ... Had three game-winning goals, including an overtime score Apr. 11 vs. Boston ... Played his 500th NHL game Jan. 12 vs. San Jose and recorded his 100th NHL assist Nov. 19 vs. New Jersey ... Missed ten games to injury (hand) and served a one-game NHL-imposed suspension for incurring an instigator penalty in the last five minutes of the Dec. 2 game vs. Los Angeles ... Had one multiple-point playoff game, a 1-1=2 effort Apr. 25 at Tampa Bay.

2004-05: Played the lockout season with Farjestads in Sweden, leading team defensemen in scoring with 10-15=25 totals in 33 games.

2003-04: Named a First Team NHL All-Star and finished second in Norris Trophy balloting as the league's top defenseman ... Tied for third in the NHL at +33 ... Had ten multiple-point games, including two three-point efforts ... Missed three games to injuries.

2002-03: Had seven multiple-point games, including a career-high 2-1=3 effort Nov. 12 at NY Islanders ... Played in the NHL All-Star Game ... Missed eight games with an injury ... Scored his first career playoff goal Apr. 25 vs. Philadelphia and had one multiple-point playoff game, a two-assist effort Apr. 14 at NY Islanders.

2001-02: Led the team and was fifth overall in the NHL at +30 ... Had two multiple-point games, both two-point efforts ... Played his 300th NHL game Mar. 30 vs. Tampa Bay ... Missed seven games with injuries and the flu ... Played his first career playoff game Apr. 17 at Philadelphia and recorded his first playoff point with an assist May 10 at Toronto ... Missed the final two playoff games with a knee injury.

2000-01: Led the league in hits with 373 and led the team in penalty minutes with 157 ... Played in a career-high 82 games ... Played his 200th NHL game Jan. 31 vs. New Jersey.

1999-2000: Finished second in the NHL with 309 hits ... Had one multiple-point game, a 1-1=2 effort Nov. 3 at NY Rangers, including the game-tying goal ... Played his 100th NHL game Nov. 19 at Colorado ... Missed 16 games with a shoulder injury and one with the flu.

1998-99: Split the season between NY Islanders and Lowell/AHL ... Had 2-2= 4 totals in 23 Lowell games with two recalls to New York ... Led NHL rookies in hits with 214 ... Was a +4 Jan. 21 at Pittsburgh ... Scored his first career shorthanded goal Mar. 27 vs. Ottawa ... Scored his first NHL goal Jan. 29 vs. Phoenix.

1997-98: Split the season between NY Islanders and their AHL affiliate in Kentucky ... Had 4-9=13 totals in 48 Kentucky games with three recalls to New York ... Played his first NHL game Nov. 19 at Detroit and recorded his first NHL point with an assist Apr. 15 at NY Rangers ... Played for the World Team in the AHL All-Star Game and was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team.

JUNIORS: Played one season of junior hockey with Prince George of the Western Hockey League in 1996-97 ... Led Cougars defensemen in scoring with 3-19=22 totals and 120 PIM in 49 games and added 1-7=8 totals in 15 playoff contests ... Missed 23 games with a broken wrist ... Europe: Played junior hockey in Slovakia with his hometown Trencin team.

INTERNATIONAL: Has represented Slovakia in seven World Championships - 1999 (1-0=1 totals in six games), 2000 (0-0=0 totals in nine games, Silver medal), 2001 (0-1=1 totals in seven games), 2004 (2-0=2 totals in nine games), 2005 (0-2=2 totals in seven games), 2007 (3-1=4 totals with 4 PIM in seven games) and 2012 (2-2=4 totals in ten games, Silver medal, named tournament's best defenseman) ... Played for Slovakia in the 2004 World Cup (0-2=2 totals in four games) ... Played for Slovakia in two Olympic Games - 2006 (1-1=2 totals in six games) and 2010 (0-3=3 totals with 6 PIM in 7 games) ... Captained the 2010 Olympic squad.

AWARDS: James Norris Memorial Trophy (2008-09) ... Mark Messier Leadership Award (2010-11) ... NHL First All-Star Team (2003-04, 2008-09) ... NHL Second All-Star Team (2005-06, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12).

TRANSACTIONS: NY Islanders' third pick, 56th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft ... Traded to Ottawa by NY Islanders with Bill Muckalt and 2001 first round draft pick (Jason Spezza) for Alexei Yashin, June 23, 2001 ... Signed by Boston as a free agent, July 1, 2006.

ETC: Full name, Zdenko Chara ... Nickname, Zee ... Wife, Tatiana; daughter, Elliz Victoria ... Multilingual, he speaks the Slovak languages (Slovak, Czech and Polish) in addition to English, Russian, German and Swedish and he is studying Italian ... He and his father are both Olympians, as he represented Slovakia on the 2006 and 2010 hockey teams and his father was a wrestler on Czechoslovakia's 1976 Olympic team ... He is just the third Slovakian-born captain in NHL history ... Is the tallest player in league history ... Holds the NHL's Hardest Shot record at 108.8 mph set during the 2012 All-Star Skills Competition.

CONTRACT STATUS: Is in year three of a seven-year contract with an NHL cap figure of $6,916,667.

NHL FIRSTS:
Game - Nov. 19, 1997 at Detroit
Goal - Jan. 29, 1999 vs. Phoenix
Assist/Point - Apr. 15, 1998 at NY Rangers