MethodologyThe journeyman defenseman who led the Boston Bruins to their sixth Stanley Cup announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday.
The 45-year-old finished his career with 209 goals and 680 points in 1,680 games over 24 seasons with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Bruins and Washington Capitals before returning to the Islanders. Chara scored twice and had 14 points while averaging nearly 19 minutes of ice time over 44 games in what was finally his NHL campaign.
Chara, who at 6-foot-9 was also the tallest player in NHL history, made the formal announcement via an Instagram post. In his post, he said he signed a one-day contract to retire as a Bruin.
“I am honored to return to TD Garden today to sign a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins and officially end my career with the team that means so much to me and my family,” Chara wrote.
Chara played his first eight seasons with the Islanders and Senators before signing with the Bruins heading into the 2006-07 season. The Bruins named Chara their captain a few months after signing as a free agent. He became the third Slovakian-born player to captain an NHL team.
Chara spent 14 seasons with the Bruins and enjoyed one of the most memorable careers in the franchise’s storied history.
His time in Boston also saw him emerge as one of the elite defensemen and leaders in the NHL. Chara won the Norris Trophy for his performance in the 2008-09 season. In 80 games, he averaged 19 goals and 50 points over 26 minutes. At the time, he finished eighth in the Hart Trophy poll.
In the year In the 2010-11 season, Chara was instrumental in helping the Bruins win a stunning seven-game Stanley Cup Final series against the Vancouver Caucus to help the franchise win its first title in 39 seasons.
That same season, Chara won the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Chara spent 14 seasons with the Bruins, scoring 481 points in 1,023 games with the club.
As a 43-year-old, he stayed with the Bruins through the 2019-20 season before signing with the Capitals. Chara played 55 games with the Caps, then signed a second contract with the Islanders in 1996 when the club was drafted in the third round.
Chara’s career has had an impact on what he has done beyond the NHL. He led his native Slovakia to a second-place finish at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey while leading his native Slovakia to two silver medals at the IIHF Men’s World Championships.