Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan (Brian MacLellan) announced today that Washington Capital has agreed to sign a one-year contract with Secretary of Defense Zdeno Chara, valued at $795,000.
McClellan said: “We are very happy that Zdeno has joined the Capital Organization.” “We think his experience and leadership will strengthen our blue line and our team.”
Chara, 43, scored 14 points (5g, 9a) in 68 games with the Boston Bruins last season. The Slovak Trenčín’s penalty time per game is 3:11, ranking 11th in the NHL, helping the Bruins to rank third in free throw percentage last season (84.3). Chara also ranked second in blocked shots among the Black Bears̵
Before joining Washington, Chara was the longest-serving captain in the league. Since the first season in Boston in 2006-07, he has been wearing the “C” for the Bruins. He is 6 feet 9 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds. He is also the tallest player in the NHL game. Chara is entering his 23rd professional season in the NHL. Among active NHL players, Chara is in plus/minus (+288), time on ice (37,128:55), penalty points (1,956), third in games (1,553) and third in shots (3,271) Number one. He is one of six Bears who have appeared in at least 1,000 games (1,023). His 481 points (148g, 333a) ranks third among the Blues defensive players in team history, second only to Hall of Famer Ray Bourque (1,506). ) And Bobby Orr (888).
In 1553 professional regular-season games against the Bruins, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators, Chara scored 656 points (205g, 451a), which is the sixth-ranked game among defensive players in NHL history.
Chara won the Stanley Cup in Boston in 2011, becoming the second European-born captain to win the Stanley Cup (Niklas Lidstrom) and behind the Iron Curtain (Czechoslovakia) Number one in the country. Zola (Chara) scored 70 points (18g, 52a) in 195 playoff games. This is the ninth playoff game for a defensive player in NHL history and the most among active defensive players.
During her 22-year NHL career, Chara has won several personal honors. After scoring a career-high 19 goals and 31 assists in 80 games with the Boston team, he was awarded the Norris Trophy as the NHL Defender of the Year in 2008-09. He won the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2010-11 for his outstanding performance on and on ice. He was selected to the NHL First Prize All-Star team three times (2003-04, 2008-09, 2013-14), four times (2005-06, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12), and six NHL times All-Star (2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12). He also won the Slovak Player of the Year Golden Hockey three times (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12).
Chara has represented his native Slovakia in many international competitions, including three Olympic Games (2006, 2010, 2014). He scored one goal and five assists in 17 games. Recently, Chara served as the alternate captain of the European team in the 2016 World Cup Hockey World Cup, scoring two goals in six games and helping lead the team to second place in Canada.
Chara was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the third round (56th round) of the 1996 NHL Entry Trials.