Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is still performing well at age 40.
In past years Chara has seemed slow at times not being able to keep up with the younger players. This season he has changed in that regard and is defending much better. It is easy to see this when his rating of +27 leads the Bruins so far this season.
He also is still a presence in the offensive zone as he has been able to score 4 goals and has 10 assists. Chara’s slapshot still has some power behind it.
Chara wears the C on his chest for a reason he is the leader of this team. Especially with all the young talent the Bruins have it is valuable to have a veteran leader like Chara.
One of the best moments from Chara this season proves why he is such a great leader.
I don’t think I have ever seen Chara that animated. Even at the age of 40 Chara is still willing to drop the gloves and stand up for his teammates. Something that is also impressive for the veteran defenseman is his stamina. Chara leads Boston Bruins skaters in average ice time with a stunning 23:20.
What does the future hold?
Chara just played in his 1400th game and doesn’t have any plans of leaving the game anytime soon.
“I enjoy playing the game. I said it many times – anytime you guys ask me – I can’t put a number on [how many games played], but I want to continue to play. I feel great, I enjoy working hard, I want to get better continuously, and so I want to play until I can and be effective,” said Chara. “Like I said, it’s fun. It’s fun being around guys and to see how they’re growing as players, as people. So, yeah, those are the days I’m really looking forward to. I don’t want to be finishing [up] playing yet.”
At the beginning of the season I thought it may have been time for the Bruins and Chara to split, but it appears he is still able to play at a high level. As long as he isn’t asking for the Brinks truck, which I don’t suspect, the Boston Bruins should try to bring him back.
If Chara and the Bruins keep playing well they may be able to get the veteran defenseman another Stanley Cup, and permanently cement his spot in the hall of fame.