BostonBruins.com - During this time of unprecedented crisis, Zdeno Chara is feeling fortunate. While the 43-year-old's hockey career has been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a silver lining to his nearly three-month stretch at home.
Some quality family time with wife Tatiana, daughter Elliz, and twin sons Zach and Ben has been a much-needed reprieve for the Bruins captain and has helped him maintain perspective following the NHL's Return-to-Play format announcement on Tuesday afternoon.
"We have to be grateful for the opportunity that we're getting when you look at the real-life perspective, what other people's families, businesses are going through," Chara said during a media conference call on Thursday morning. "We're getting the opportunity to almost start where we ended the season. Not everybody is getting the same chance.
"A lot of people lost a lot of financial support; businesses went down and they will never get the same opportunity. We have to be grateful for the opportunity and take it as a huge motivation and excitement and embrace it."