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Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara  #33

Boston Bruins  Defenseman
NUMBER: 33 BIRTHDATE: March 18, 1977  (AGE 37)
HEIGHT: 6' 9" BIRTHPLACE: Trencin, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 255 DRAFTED: NYI / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (56th overall)
Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award 2010-2011
James Norris Memorial Trophy 2008-2009
2014-15: Has played the last 5 games, with single assists 12/13 vs OTT and 12/17 at MIN, after missing 19 games w/a left knee ligament tear suffered 10/23 vs NYI ... Has 2-3=5 totals in 5 of his last 9 games played including single goals each 10/16 at MTL (PP) and 10/18 at BUF ... Multi-pt gms: 0 Inj: 19 2013-14: First Team NHL All-Star and Norris Trophy finalist 17-23=40 w/66 PIM in 77 gp 17 goals tied for 2nd highest mark of his career Ranked 4th among NHL d men in goals and 2nd in PPG (10) Fun Fact: Currently has the highest career plus/minus (+188) of all active defensemen and 5th-best of all active players ... Prior to missing 19 games w/a knee injury earlier this season, he had missed just 20 of a possible 631 games since joining the Bruins at the start of the 2006-07 season and just 11 of those 20 games were due to injury
AHL All-Rookie Team (1998) WC-A All-Star Team (2004) NHL First All-Star Team (2004, 2009, 2014) NHL Second All-Star Team (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012) James Norris Memorial Trophy (2009) Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award (2011) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012) Traded to Ottawa by NY Islanders with Bill Muckalt and NY Islanders' 1st round choice (Jason Spezza) in 2001 Entry Draft for Alexei Yashin, June 23, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Farjestad (Sweden), September 24, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 1, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Lev Praha (KHL), October 2, 2012.
Quote of the Day

I don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.

— Capitals defenseman Mike Green on teammate Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal against the Devils on Saturday