Chara announces retirement from hockey, plans to sign 1-day contract with Bruins

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BOSTON (WLNE) — Longtime Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara announced his plans to retire from hockey Tuesday.

The 45-year-old spent 14 seasons of his NHL career in Boston, leading the team to the playoffs 11 times. Chara lead the Bruins to a Stanley Cup in the 2010-11 season as the team’s captain. The B’s made two more runs to the Stanley Cup Final under Chara’s captaincy in 2013 and 2019, but failed to bring home the hardware.

He ranks sixth in franchise history in total games played with 1,023 and won the Norris Trophy, the award given to the league’s best defenseman, in the 2008-09 season.

Chara will be at TD Garden Tuesday to sign a one-day contract so he can retire as a member of the Bruins.

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