It didn’t seem right to try and shoehorn a tribute to Zdeno Chara into the game blog. The game was eventful enough, and Big Zee deserved his own spotlight. Last night was the first time Chara skated on the (TD) Garden’s ice as a visitor in over 14 years.
His run in Boston was the stuff of legends (and this doesn’t even begin to cover his charitable works off the ice):
Regular season: 1023GP 148g 333a 481pts 1055PIM (with a +240)
Playoffs: 150GP 15g 41a 56pts 159PIM
7 All-Star Selections – Norris Trophy 2008-09 – Messier Leadership Award 2010-11 and then the biggest trophy of them all in 2011….
I understand from both the Bruins and from Chara’s view how it wasn’t going to work out going forward. The Bruins wanted to get younger on defense (and have); and Chara didn’t want a smaller role moving forward (he’s averaging over 19:00 TOI so far this season). It was best for both parties to move forward.
A nice gesture by the Bruins to play a tribute video last night at the game (even though NBC didn’t have the sound for the majority of it). It will be great when he gets to come back to a full barn and get the tribute he and the fans deserve. The full video below:
As good as that video was, I always enjoyed this compilation and hope you do too:
What a legend. It’s only a matter of time before he gets to see his own banner rise into the Garden’s rafters to take it’s rightful place amongst the Bruins’ greats. From all the fans, thank you for bringing the Cup back to Boston and thank you for setting the tone and being the example of hard work and leadership for all those years. You are truly one of the great ones both on and off the ice. Thank you Big Zee.