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Photos | Zdeno Chara: Through the Years

As captain hits 1,000 games with Bruins, check out 33 of the best shots from the blue liner's Black & Gold career

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / - As Zdeno Chara gets set for his 1,000th game with the Bruins, take a look back at some of the best photos from the captain's career in Black & Gold:

July 3, 2006 | Boston

Chara is introduced in Boston two days after signing a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Bruins.

October 19, 2006 | Boston

Chara makes his Garden debut as the 18th captain in Bruins history during Boston's 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.

April 12, 2008 | Montreal

Chara fires a shot on Montreal goalie Carey Price during Game 2 of his first playoff series with the Bruins, a seven-game first-round matchup won by the Habs.

May 10, 2009 | Boston

Chara picks up two assists as the Bruins stay alive with a Game 5 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

June 18, 2009 | Las Vegas

Chara wins the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman at the NHL Awards.

January 1, 2010 | Boston

Chara plays in his first NHL Winter Classic, a thrilling overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park.

January 17, 2011 | Boston 

Chara notches his first career hat trick in a 7-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.

June 15, 2011 | Vancouver

Chara hoists the Stanley Cup after the Bruins clinch their first title in 39 years with a 4-0 win over the Canucks in Game 7.

June 18, 2011 | Boston

Chara waves to the crowd as over a million people line the streets of Boston for the Stanley Cup celebration.

June 19, 2011 | Boston 

Chara lifts the Cup once more as the Bruins are feted by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Chara is greeted by Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who congratulates him for the B's Cup victory.


June 22, 2011 | Las Vegas 

Chara is awarded the Mark Messier Leadership Award at the NHL Awards.

October 6, 2011 | Boston 

Chara helps lift the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup Final banner into place in the TD Garden rafters.

January 28, 2012 | Ottawa

Chara registers the hardest shot on record with a 108.8 MPH slapper during the NHL's All-Star Skills Competition.

January 29, 2012 | Ottawa

Chara picks up the game-winning goal as he captains Team Chara to victory at the All-Star Game, one of five he's been selected for during his time in Boston.

March 24, 2012 | Los Angeles

Chara plays in his 1,000th career NHL game, a 4-2 Bruins victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

May 13, 2013 | Boston

Chara celebrates after Boston notches the tying goal during an improbable third-period comeback in Game 7 of the first round against Toronto.

June 19, 2013 | Boston

Chara and longtime defense partner Dennis Seidenberg chat during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

November 29, 2013 | Boston 

Chara picks up his fifth career Gordie Howe Hat Trick during a win over the New York Rangers on Black Friday.

February 7, 2015 | Boston

Chara congratulates Patriots legend Rob Gronkowski after the tight end drops the ceremonial puck as New England is honored for their Super Bowl XLIX victory.

January 1, 2016 | Foxborough, Mass.

Chara suits up for the NHL Winter Classic against the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium.

September 10, 2016 | Boston

As he has so many times, Chara stepped up for the community as he helped raise funds for hurricane relief with other athletes before a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

November 12, 2016 | Glendale, Ariz.

Chara celebrates with Brandon Carlo during Boston's 2-1 win as he mentors his rookie defense partner.

February 12, 2017 | Boston 

Chara scores a nifty shorthanded goal through the slot during Boston's 4-0 victory over Montreal, improving the Bruins to 3-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.

October 5, 2017 | Boston

Chara pats the Spoked-B on his way to the ice for Opening Night against Nashville, kicking off his 12th season with the Bruins.

January 1, 2019 | South Bend, Ind.  

Chara plays in his third NHL Winter Classic, this one a thrilling 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium.

April 23, 2019 | Boston

Chara celebrates in the dressing room following the Bruins' 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the first round.

June 6, 2019 | Boston

Chara receives a raucous standing ovation before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against St. Louis as he plays just three days after suffering a broken jaw.

September 17, 2019 | Boston

Chara greets fellow Boston sports legend and 42-year-old Tom Brady at a TB12 event.

October 27, 2019 | New York 

Chara and defense partner Charlie McAvoy speak ahead of a faceoff, as Boston's captain helps mold the Bruins' future.

November 5, 2019 | Montreal 

Chara receives a standing ovation from the rival crowd in honor of his 1,500th NHL game.

November 10, 2019 | Boston 

In his first home game after his 1,500th NHL game, Bruins fans do their part with another standing ovation.

November 28, 2019 | Boston 

Chara delivers pies and serves turkey at shelters around Boston with Mayor Marty Walsh and other city leaders as part of an annual Bruins tradition on Thanksgiving morning.

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