NHL legend Zdeno Chara calls it quits at age 45.
Zdeno Chara, a defender with the New York Islanders who is Slovak and 45 years old, has decided to call it a career.
Zdeno Chara, a defender for the New York Islanders who is Slovak and 45 years old, made the announcement of his retirement on Facebook on Tuesday.
“I am delighted to announce that I have decided to retire from the National Hockey League after 25 seasons, 1680 regular season games, 200 playoff games, and hundreds of international games,” he said.
On Facebook, Chara expressed her thoughts. Because of this, it is a great pleasure for me to come back to the TD Garden today to sign a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins. This will mark the official end of my career with the Bruins, a franchise that holds a lot of significance for both me and my family. added chara.
“Big Z,” who has a height of 2.06 meters, played for the Bruins for a total of 14 seasons and won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2011 while serving as the captain. Chara was awarded the Norris Trophy as the best defensive player in the National Hockey League for the 2009 season. He was responsible for 209 goals and 471 assists throughout the regular season.
After the Canadian Gordie Howe, the American Chris Chelios, and the Czech Jaromir Jagr, the Slovak defender became the fourth oldest player to play in the National Hockey League during his final NHL game, which took place in April and was played while wearing the uniform of the Islanders.