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VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4 to 0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

September 20, 2022: After twenty-five seasons in the NHL, defenseman Zdeno Chara retires as a Boston Bruin.

 

Our sister station 98.5 The Sports Hub had the breaking news earlier this morning. Of course, the story came from Zee himself, via his Instagram:

 

The caption reads:

After 25 seasons of professional hockey 1,680 NHL regular season games, 200 Stanley Cup Playoff games, and hundreds of international games I am proud to announce my decision to retire from the National Hockey League. In doing so, I am honored to return to TD Garden today to sign a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins and officially finish my career with the team that has meant so much to me and my family. There are so many people that have helped contribute to my success, including all of you, and I look forward to properly thanking everyone this afternoon.

Thank you,
Big Zee

 

It’s no surprise that Chara is signing the one-day deal to retire as a Bruin. Big Zee took the ice for 1,023 of his 1,680 career NHL games with Boston. He also wore the spoked “B” for 943 of his astounding 1,070 career playoff games. And those playoff games he played in the 2010-2011 season are a big part of the reason the Stanley Cup returned to Boston in 2011. The Captain brought the Cup back to the Hub of Hockey, so it only makes sense that he would retire as a Boston Bruin.

 

Zdeno Chara Retires

Before the pomp and circumstance of Big Zee’s retirement ceremony takes center ice, let’s take a look back at his stunning quarter-century career. We’ll focus on his years with the Bruins, of course, but his entire body of work is worth celebrating. For those of us lucky enough to have watched him play–especially here in Boston–he was larger than life in the NHL. Both literally and figuratively.