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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)
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.

Quote of the Day

I don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.

— Capitals defenseman Mike Green on teammate Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal against the Devils on Saturday