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ZDENO CHÁRA    Slovakia  / Czech Rep.

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BIRTHYEAR 1977-03-18 BIRTHPLACETrencin, SVK
AGE 39 NATION Slovakia / Czech Rep.
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 205 cm / 6'9" WEIGHT 113 kg / 249 lbs
YOUTH TEAM HK Dukla Trencin CONTRACT 17/18
NHL DRAFT 1996 round 3 #56 overall by New York Islanders
CAP HIT $6,916,667 powered by
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HIGHLIGHTS
2-time World Championship Silver Medal 2
1-time NHL Stanley Cup Champion 1

A dominating all-round defenseman. Plays aggressively, loves to be physical and hits a lot. A hard-working team player. Possesses one of the hardest slapshots in the game. Lacks speed and agility, which can lead to issues with quick forwards. A very good penalty killer and, thanks to his slapshot, a useful point man on powerplay. (Matias Strozyk, 2011)

© Photo: Timo Savela

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1994-95 HK Dukla Trencin U18 Slovakia U18 30 22 2244113 |            
  HK Dukla Trencin U20 Slovakia U20 2 0 000 |            
 1995-96 HK Dukla Trencin U20 Slovakia U20 22 1 91080 |            
  HK Dukla Trencin II Slovakia2 5 1 126 2 |            
  SHK 37 Piestany Slovakia2 10 1 3410 |            
  HC Sparta Praha U20 Czech U20 15 1 2342 |            
  HC Sparta Praha Czech 1 0 000 |            
 1996-97 Prince George Cougars WHL 49 3 1922120 -5 | Playoffs 15 1 7845
 1997-98 New York Islanders NHL 25 0 1150 1 |            
  Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 48 4 913125 0 | Playoffs 1 0 004
 1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 59 2 6883 -8 |            
  Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 23 2 2447 5 |            
  Slovakia WC 6 1 016 4 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 6 1 016 4 |            
 1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 65 2 91157 -27 |            
  Slovakia  WC 9 0 0012 1 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 9 0 0012 1 |            
 2000-01 New York Islanders  NHL 82 2 79157 -27 |            
  Slovakia WC 7 0 1110 1 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 7 0 1110 1 |            
 2001-02 HK Dukla Trencin Slovakia 8 2 2432 1 |            
  Ottawa Senators NHL 75 10 1323156 30 | Playoffs 10 0 1112
 2002-03 Ottawa Senators NHL 74 9 3039116 29 | Playoffs 18 1 6714
 2003-04 Ottawa Senators  NHL 79 16 2541147 33 | Playoffs 7 1 128
  Slovakia WCup 4 0 228 -5 |            
  Slovakia  WC 9 2 022 6 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 13 2 2410 1 |            
 2004-05 Färjestad BK  SHL 33 10 1525132 24 | Playoffs 13 3 5882
  Slovakia WC 7 0 222 1 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 7 0 222 1 |            
 2005-06 Ottawa Senators  NHL 71 16 2743135 17 | Playoffs 10 1 3423
  Slovakia OG 6 1 122 6 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 6 1 122 6 |            
 2006-07 Boston Bruins  NHL 80 11 3243100 -21 |            
  Slovakia  WC 7 3 144 4 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 8 3 14- |            
 2007-08 Boston Bruins  NHL 77 17 3451114 14 | Playoffs 7 1 1212 -1 
 2008-09 Boston Bruins  NHL 80 19 315095 23 | Playoffs 11 1 3412
 2009-10 Boston Bruins  NHL 80 7 374487 19 | Playoffs 13 2 5729
  Slovakia  OG 7 0 336 0 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 7 0 336 0 |            
 2010-11 Boston Bruins  NHL 81 14 304488 33 | Playoffs 24 2 7934 16 
 2011-12 Boston Bruins  NHL 79 12 405286 33 | Playoffs 7 1 238 -1 
  Slovakia  WC 10 2 244 4 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 10 2 244 4 |            
 2012-13 HC Lev Praha    KHL 25 4 61024 5 |            
  Boston Bruins  NHL 48 7 121970 14 | Playoffs 22 3 121520
 2013-14 Boston Bruins  NHL 77 17 234066 25 | Playoffs 12 2 2414
  Slovakia  OG 4 0 114 -1 |            
  Slovakia (all) International 4 0 114 -1 |            
 2014-15 Boston Bruins  NHL 63 8 122042 0 |            
 2015-16 Boston Bruins  NHL 80 9 283771 12 |            
 2016-17 Boston Bruins  NHL 20 1 5619 11 |            
  Team Europe  WCup 6 2 026 0 |            


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 71 6 11 17 0.24 172  | 1 0 0 0 0.00
  Czech: 1 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  Czech U20: 15 1 2 3 0.20 42  |    
  International: 77 9 13 22 0.29 56  17  |    
  KHL: 25 4 6 10 0.40 24  |    
  NHL: 1295 179 402 581 0.45 1739  211  | 141 15 43 58 0.41 186  38 
  OG: 17 1 5 6 0.35 12  |    
  SHL: 33 10 15 25 0.76 132  24  | 13 3 5 8 0.62 82 
  Slovakia: 8 2 2 4 0.50 32  |    
  Slovakia U18: 30 22 22 44 1.47 113  |    
  Slovakia U20: 24 1 9 10 0.42 80  |    
  Slovakia2: 15 2 4 6 0.40 16  |    
  WC: 55 8 6 14 0.25 40  21  |    
  WCup: 10 2 2 4 0.40 14  -5  |    
  WHL: 49 3 19 22 0.45 120  -5  | 15 1 7 8 0.53 45 



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
1997-1998 AHL All-Rookie Team
  AHL All-Star Game
1999-2000 World Championship Silver Medal
2003-2004 NHL First All-Star Team
  World Championship All-Star Team
  World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2004-2005 SHL SM-silver Medal
2005-2006 NHL Second All-Star Team
2006-2007 NHL All-Star Game
  NHL Highest ATOI (27:57)
  World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2007-2008 NHL All-Star Game
  NHL Second All-Star Team
2008-2009 NHL All-Star Game
  NHL Best Defenseman (Norris Trophy)
  NHL First All-Star Team
  Slovakian Player of the Year (Golden puck)
2010-2011 NHL All-Star Game
  NHL Best Plus/Minus (Bud Light Trophy) (+33)
  NHL Mark Messier Leadership Award (BOS)
  NHL Second All-Star Team
  NHL Stanley Cup Champion
  Slovakian Player of the Year (Golden puck)
2011-2012 NHL All-Star Game (”C”)
  NHL Second All-Star Team
  Slovakian Player of the Year (Golden puck)
  World Championship All-Star Team
  World Championship Best Defenseman
  World Championship Silver Medal
  World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2012-2013 KHL All-Star Game (Selected, did not play)
2013-2014 NHL First All-Star Team
2016-2017 World Cup Runner Up
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- AHL All-Rookie Team 97/98
- AHL All-Star Game 97/98
- KHL All-Star Game 12/13
- NHL All-Star Game 07/08, 10/11, 08/09, 11/12, 06/07
- NHL Best Defenseman (Norris Trophy) 08/09
- NHL Best Plus/Minus (Bud Light Trophy) 10/11
- NHL First All-Star Team 03/04, 08/09, 13/14
- NHL Highest ATOI 06/07
- NHL Mark Messier Leadership Award 10/11
- NHL Second All-Star Team 05/06, 07/08, 10/11, 11/12
- NHL Stanley Cup Champion 10/11
- SHL SM-silver Medal 04/05
- Slovakian Player of the Year (Golden puck) 10/11, 08/09, 11/12
- World Championship All-Star Team 03/04, 11/12
- World Championship Best Defenseman 11/12
- World Championship Silver Medal 99/00, 11/12
- World Championship Top 3 Player on Team 11/12, 06/07, 03/04
- World Cup Runner Up 16/17



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2012-10-02 Confirmed Boston Bruins HC Lev Praha NHL lockout contract 
2010-10-09 Extension Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 7 years 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 1996, round 1 #6 overall by Prince George Cougars in the CHL Import Draft
 
 
Cult/Star player for Färjestad BK
Cult/Star player for Boston Bruins
Cult/Star player for Ottawa Senators
Cult/Star player for HK Dukla Trencin
Cult/Star player for Slovakia
 
Career transactions
- 2012-10-02 • Signed to a lockout contract by HC Lev Praha | Full story
- 2010-10-09 • Signed to a seven-year contract extension by the Boston Bruins | $45,500,000 | Full story
- 2006-07-01 • Signed to a five-year contract by the Boston Bruins | $37,500,000 | Full story


• Chara owns the record for the hardest shot in the history of the NHL skills competition. 2009, Chara’s hardest shot measured 105.4 mph, which was 0.2 mph better than Al Iafrate’s previous record set in 1993.