Zdeno Chara

Mark Malinowski
Zdeno Chara

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) Author: The Hockey News


Zdeno Chara

Mark Malinowski

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:

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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