BOSTON - Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is the Boston Bruins 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee, as selected by the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Chara has epitomized sportsmanship and leadership during the 2017 campaign. On the ice, the native of Trencin, Slovakia has been a staple of the Bruins defense corps since arriving to Boston and being named captain in 2006. Since his first season with the Bruins, Chara leads the team in games played (813), plus/minus (+170), penalty minutes (872), hits (1,707), blocked shots (1,153), power play goals (67), power play points (163), time on ice per game (25:14), shorthanded time on ice (2,722:44) and shifts per game (28.5). At 40-years-old, Chara is the fourth oldest active player in the NHL behind Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cullen. He is also the second longest tenured captain in the league behind Shane Doan (Coyotes captain since 2003).