Zdeno Chara has 18 goals and 48 points for the Bruins this season and could get Norris consideration as the NHL's top defenseman. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
Status: Boston Bruins defenseman
HT: 6-foot-9 WT: 251 pounds
DOB: March 18, 1977 In: Trencin, Slovakia
Hockey Inspirations: "Oooh, that's a tough one. I always looked up to my parents; they were my closest friends. And the whole family. So basically I was looking up to them. But when I started to play sports it was obviously Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky."
Early Hockey Memory: "Well, probably the strongest is my first NHL game. It was on Nov. 19 (1997 with the Islanders) against Detroit. We won 3-1."
Leisure Activities/Interests: "Wrestling, cycling, hockey."
Nickname: "Big Z."
Favorite Movie: "The Shawshank Redemption. What was the other one...Dances with Wolves."
Favorite TV Show: "Nope."
Musical Tastes: "I listen to anything."
First Job: "I was washing cars at a car wash (age 17)."
First Car: "Jeep Cherokee. It was green."
Current Car: "Lexus."
Favorite Uniforms: "Bruins."
Pre-game Feeling: "Focusing on the game, basically."
Favorite Meal: "Probably pasta, steak."
Favorite Breakfast Food: "Fruit, oatmeal, eggs."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "I don't eat ice cream."
Greatest Sports Moment: "Haven't reached it yet."
Most Painful Moment: "Any time I get hurt."
Closest Hockey Friend(s): "Peter Bondra."
Funniest Player Encountered: "It's tough to pick one...Shane Hnidy."
Toughest Competitors: "Same thing, it's tough to pick one. Obviously Joe Thornton, Jaromir Jagr and I would say Alexei Kovalev."
Favorite Players To Watch: "Nicklas Lidstrom."
Last Vacation: "Rome."
Most Memorable Goal: "The last one."
People Qualities Most Admired: "People I can trust. Honesty."
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