BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 25: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the second period of the game against the Calgary Flames at TD Garden on February 25, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth,

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is used to motivating his teammates on the ice or in the dressing room. But without any games, he’s turned to pumping up the general public.

Chara posted a video for fans to his Instagram account Monday morning. In the video, he thanked those on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 epidemic. He also added a positive message for those generally struggling with the new way of life under coronavirus protocol.

Hello, Boston has always been a city of champions and comebacks. We've overcome tough situations before and shown what it means to be #BostonStrong. #rootingforboston.

7,787 Likes, 120 Comments - Zdeno Chara (@zeechara33) on Instagram: "Hello, Boston has always been a city of champions and comebacks. We've overcome tough situations..."

“I know as a Bostonian people we are tough and resilient, so there is no doubt we’ll get through this and be much stronger in the end,” Chara says. “I can’t wait to see you guys at the TD Garden again. Until then, keep safe, healthy, and disciplined.”

Perhaps the most relatable part of the video though, is Chara’s sigh at the beginning. That is the inhale/exhale of somebody who has been indoors way too long, and is feels like the default way for anybody to start a conversation right now.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at

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