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Zdeno Chara
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Zdeno Chara  #33

Boston Bruins  Defenseman
NUMBER: 33 BIRTHDATE: March 18, 1977  (AGE 37)
HEIGHT: 6' 9" BIRTHPLACE: Trencin, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 255 DRAFTED: NYI / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (56th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Often described as a man-mountain by opposing forwards who have confronted him, the 6-9, 225-pound Boston captain learned last June what it takes to scale one of the globe's most unforgiving real mountains. Chara climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as part of an African tour to raise awareness of the children's charitable organization Right To Play. <br /> <br /> Since returning, Chara has stood ever taller for the Bruins as they've surged to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. With seven goals, 15 assists, a plus-17 rating and 26:22 of nightly punishing, shut-down defensive work, Chara has been as big a reason as any for Boston's success this season. <br /> <br /> Of course, the same could be said last season, when Chara set career-highs with 17 goals and 34 assists in leading the Bruins to their first playoff berth since 2004. Voted by fans to start the 2008 NHL-All Star Game, Chara won the Hardest Shot competition on All-Star Saturday for the second straight year with a 103.1-mph blast -- the second-hardest in the event's history behind Al Iafrate's 105.2-mph shot in 1993. <br /> <br /> A fearsome two-way player who intimidates goaltenders with his shot from the point and nullifies top opposing forwards, Chara is the tallest player in NHL history. He has represented his native Slovakia in six World Championships, at the 2004 World Cup and the 2006 Olympics. His father, Zdenek, was a wrestler on Czechoslovakia's 1976 Olympic Team. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On the Bruins' strong first half: &quot;We all want to be on top and stay on top. It is a big challenge because every game is a big game, and every team is going to be ready for us.&quot; <br /> <br /> On whether he checks the out-of-town scoreboard during games: &quot;I'm sorry, I have no time for that. I can only watch one game at a time.&quot; <br /> <br /> On climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro last June to promote Right To Play: &quot;It all starts with the kids. They're the future, and many of them can't help themselves. This is a great cause ... It's the most difficult thing I've ever done. I've done a lot of hard training, many kinds, but nothing compares. You're baby-stepping behind one another, climbing, zig-zagging, losing balance. It's dark, you're tired. Your feet are slipping on loose gravel. We must have stopped to rest 15 times.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli: &quot;Chara has been so dominant defensively in the last 15-20 games, strength-wise, clearing the zone. I haven't heard his name in the Norris Trophy talk much, and I really think it should be. You see guys draped all over his back, but he's still moving the puck out of our end.&quot; <br /> <br /> Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien: &quot;This is what we have Z for. He's our kingpin back there, both offensively and defensively. His size, his reach, everything - he just makes it tough on anybody who wants to play against him. Nobody likes it, whether it's top players and elite players in the league.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2008/12/24/chara_returning_to_form/">Chara Returning to Form</a><br /> <a href="http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=368305">Chara's Challenge: Zee vs. The Mountain Part 1</a><br /> <a href="http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=368479">Chara's Challenge: Zee vs. The Mountain Part 2</a><br /> <a href="http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=368764&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;service=page">Chara's Challenge: Zee vs. The Mountain Part 3</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=22732">Climbs Mount Kilimajaro Part 1</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=23351">Climbs Mount Kilimajaro Part 3</a><br /> <br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" id="asstatsbox"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center" class="right">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2002-03</td> <td>East</td> <td>5-6</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">0</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006-07</td> <td>East</td> <td>9-12</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007-08</td> <td>East</td> <td>8-7</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">0</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">4</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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— San Jose forward Logan Couture to The Canadian Press on the Sharks' first-round loss to the Kings after taking a 3-0 series lead