The Boston Bruins announced on Wednesday that they have signed veteran defenseman and their captain, Zdeno Chara, to a one-year contract extension worth $5 million. The new deal with the 41-year old Chara also includes $1.75 in performance-based incentives.
General manager Don Sweeney and Chara were scheduled to address the media at 4:30 PM ET Wednesday.
Chara, who is in his 20th NHL season and 12th season with Boston in 2017-18, has appeared in 68 games this year, recording seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points with a plus-26 rating (T-9th, NHL) while averaging a team-high 23:00 TOI/game. He has led the Bruins to a postseason berth in eight of his 11 seasons with the team, including a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010-11. He ranks seventh in franchise history in games played (888), and third in points by a defenseman (452) behind Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506) and Bobby Orr (888).
Chara, who is the second-oldest active player in the league, is also the longest-tenured captain in the NHL, having worn the “C” for the Bruins since his first season in Boston in 2006-07. Standing 6-foot-9 and weighing 250 pounds, he is also the tallest player to ever play in the NHL. Among active NHL players, Chara ranks fifth in games played (1,418), third in plus/minus (plus-244), first in penalty minutes (1,837), tied for second in shorthanded points (35), 11th in shots (3,073), first in time on ice (34,367:29) and 10th in hits (2,150). He also ranks eighth among active players in postseason games played (147), second in postseason plus/minus (plus-34), second in postseason penalty minutes (188), eighth in postseason hits (361) and first in postseason time on ice (3,966:08).
Over his 20-year NHL career, Chara has received several individual accolades. He was awarded the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 2008-09, after tallying a career-high 19 goals and 31 assists in 80 games with Boston. He was the recipient of the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2010-11 for his exemplary leadership both on and off the ice. He was named to the NHL First All-Star Team three times (2003-04, 2008-09, 2013-14), the Second All-Star Team four times (2005-06, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12), and was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game five times (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12). He was also the recipient of the Golden Puck as Slovakia’s Player of the Year three times (2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12).
Information used in this story was provided by the Boston Bruins Media Relations and Research Deapartments.