Zdeno Chára

Slovak professional ice hockey defenseman

Zdeno Chára (born March 18, 1977 in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia) is a former professional ice hockey defenseman. He played a total of 24 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, and Washington Capitals. He served as the captain of the Bruins from 2006 until 2020.[1] Chára played hockey in the WHL for 1 season with the Prince George Cougars. He is the tallest player ever to play in the NHL, measuring in at 6 ft 9 (2.06 m).

Zdeno Chára
Chára with the Boston Bruins in January 2012
Born (1977-03-18) 18 March 1977 (age 47)
Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Weight 250 lb (113 kg; 17 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Sparta Praha
New York Islanders
Dukla Trenčín
Ottawa Senators
Färjestad BK
Boston Bruins
Lev Praha
Washington Capitals
National team  Slovakia
NHL Draft 56th overall, 1996
New York Islanders
Playing career 1996–2022

On March 8, 2011, He was involved in an on-ice incident when he hit Montreal Canadiens player Max Pacioretty into the stanchion at the end of the bench in the boards. Pacioretty had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher and he suffered a severe concussion and a non-displaced fracture to the 4th vertebra. Chara received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. The NHL VP of hockey operations Mike Murphy decided that no further punishment was going to be warranted. Despite this a criminal investigation was announced by the Montreal police[2]

On September 20, 2022, Chára announced that he was retiring from professional hockey. He retired as a member of the Bruins after signing a one-day contract with them.[3]

Chára is married to his wife Tatiana Biskupicová and they have one daughter named Elliz Victoria Chára.




  1. "Zdeno Chara leaves Boston Bruins after 14 seasons with team, signs with Washington Capitals". Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  2. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2011/03/10/pacioretty-hit-police-investigation.html
  3. "Chara retires from NHL, signs one-day contract with Bruins". NHL. Retrieved June 3, 2023.

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