Chara. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Paul Chiasson)
Boston, MA -- Recently, Zdeno Chara participated in a conference call to discuss the Winter Classic.
From look of the transcript, the famously serious B's blueliner sounded downright psyched to participate in the NHL's big show on January 1st -- or at least as psyched as the calm, cool and collected B's all-star ever sounds.
"Well, I think everybody is really excited, especially the fans and the whole organization," said Chara. "It's basically, for most of us, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I'm sure it's going to be great."
The Bruins and Flyers has been legendary for its intensity throughout the decades and Chara was asked if the Winter Classic might feature some classic fisticuffs -- the first for an NHL outdoor matchup.
"I don't know. It could be. It all depends on how the game goes," said Chara. "For sure, both teams are well known for their physical play and just we'll see how the game goes."
Would players shy away from an overy physical game because of the high profile nature of the game?
"I don't know. It's totally up to the players and obviously, like I said, you know, in different situations, the teams react differently," he said. "I think that we all have to realize, it is an important game. I think it's a big event; everybody is going to be watching it, but at the same time, you are playing for two points.
Chara talked about the duel nature of the anticipation for the game -- having to both prepare for and downplay the excitement of the matchup.
"Yeah, it's coming closer and closer, that's for sure," he said. "But personally what I do, I'm just looking at the next game, what is ahead of us and which at this time it's [Wednesday] game against Atlanta.
"I'm not thinking about the January 1 game yet."
In terms of his own preparations, Chara used about his own experiences playing outdoors as a child as a baseline.
"Well, I think when I was a kid and playing outdoors, it's totally different," said the Bruins captain. "You just cruise around and you had a lot of fun with your neighborhood buddies. "It was totally relaxed, and this is more business-wise."
Like many of the Bruins, Chara understands the hightened intensity of the entire experience -- from the antique historic venue, to the crowd, to the temperatures -- and realizes that he must endeavor to keep his own routine simple.
"For sure, it's going to be way more intense. With a 30,000, 40,000 audience, it's going to be a totally different atmosphere," said Chara. "But I'm going to prepare the same way I prepare for every game."