Veteran defenseman Zdeno Hara signed a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday and announced his retirement from the NHL. Chara played 14 of his 24 professional seasons with the Bruins.
“After 25 seasons of professional hockey, 1,680 NHL regular season games, 200 Stanley Cup playoff games and hundreds of international appearances, I am proud to announce my decision to retire from the National Hockey League,” Chara said. posted on instagram. “I’m honored to be back at TD Garden today to sign a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins and officially end my career with a team that meant so much to me and my family.”
During his NHL career, Chara played in 1,680 games, the most by a defenseman in league history. He also ranks sixth in Bruins history in games played (1,023). During his time in Boston, Chara scored 481 points (148 goals and 333 assists).
During his storied NHL career, the 6-foot-9 defenseman won several awards. He won the 2009 Norris Trophy, the 2011 Stanley Cup with the Bruins, and appeared in six All-Star Games. In the season he won the Norris Trophy, Chara scored a career-high 19 goals with 31 assists in 80 games for Boston. Chara also became the first Bruins captain since 1972 to help the franchise win the Stanley Cup.
He scored 680 points (209 goals and 471 assists) in 24 years in the league and currently ranks third among Bruins defensemen (481), behind only Hall of Famers Ray Burke (1,506) and Bobby Orr (888).
Chara was originally selected in the third round (56th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. He spent the first eight seasons of his NHL career split between the Islanders and the Ottawa Senators before joining the Bruins on a free transfer in 2006.
Chara also played the 2020-21 campaign with the Washington Capitals and ended his career with the Islanders for the second time last season. The bumbling blue liner scored two goals and 12 assists in 72 games for the Islanders in 2021-22.