Chara is no stranger to International competition, representing Slovakia in six World Championships and the 2006 Olympics where he tallied two points in six games. In 2006, the Slovaks stormed through pool play undefeated, knocking off Russia, the United States and Sweden -- the eventual gold-medal winner -- before falling to the Czechs 3-1 in the quarterfinals. He has compiled six goals, four assists and a silver medal (2000 World Championship) in international play.
At 6’9” (206 cm), Chara is the tallest player on Olympic hockey rosters. He stands a full three inches taller than Canada’s Chris Pronger, who is second on the height scale at 6’6” (198 cm). Teammate Michal Handzus leads the third grouping of 6’5” (196cm) players along with the Czech Republic’s Filip Kuba and Russia’s Viktor Kozlov.
His father Zdenek was a wrestler on Czechoslovakia’s 1976 Olympic team.
In October 2006, Chara was named the 18th captain of the Boston Bruins, becoming the first Slovakian captain in the club's 85-year history.
Chara has won the hardest shot competition at the past three NHL All-Star games 2009 (Montreal), 2008 (Dallas) 2007 (Atlanta) -- in Montreal, he registered a blistering 105.4 mph shot breaking the all-time record set in 1993.
I don't know the room very well yet. I don't know how we're going to react in certain situations. We've had a couple of minor tests throughout the [preseason] ... We'll get to know each other as the year goes on. We'll figure it out.
— Oilers coach Todd McLellan on starting the 2015-16 season without a captain
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