Dec 8, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Zdeno Chara Hints at Retirement from NHL

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Dec 8, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Chara Won’t Last Forever in NHL

For Zdeno Chara, a sixth Norris trophy nomination is a wonderful feat, and at 37-years-old, the 6’9” defenseman is still at his best and absolutely vital to the Bruins’ success.

But thinking about where his career stands at this point, he comprehends the significance of this year’s playoff time and his recent award candidacy.

“As you get older and you’ve been in the league for a while, you don’t realize how much you’re going to maybe miss that part of the game once you’re gone,” Chara said, according to the Metro West Daily News. “I’m kind of realizing that the time is not going to be always there.”

Chara didn’t want to make it seem like retirement was imminent, stating “I’m not saying that I’m thinking about being gone or retiring,” but in the end, his post-NHL days are circulating in his mind.

While one may think that Chara will perform into his 40’s, seasons move forward quickly, and issues, such as injuries, can promptly end a career for a long-time veteran.

Before you know it, Boston’s cherished big man will move on with his life.

Back in 1996, the New York Islanders drafted Chara in the 3rd round. Capping off his eighth season in Beantown, the Slovakian has led an illustrious career with four-year stints for the Islanders and Ottawa Senators.

Right now, Chara treasures his work day-to-day.

“I enjoy really coming to the rink every day. I enjoy competing in practices against guys and always in the games. I love the game.”

Taking on the Montreal Canadiens in hopes of capturing another Stanley Cup, the defenseman will do anything possible to hoist the hardware.

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