Chara has no plans to retire from Bruins, believes season will resume

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Zdeno Chara is not considering retiring from hockey at 43 with the 2019-20 season on hiatus since March 12 due to concerns about the coronavirus.

“I am definitely not ahead of myself. I’m still in the present and still believe that we’re going to be playing some kind of hockey this season, “the Boston Bruins defender told Sportsnet on Sunday. “This is where I am. I don’t get too far ahead of myself. Obviously, I still like the game, I always like to go there and compete, and hopefully, I still want to play. “

Chara is in his 22nd season in the NHL and has been captain of the Bruins since October 3, 2006. He signed a one-year contract on March 28, 2018, and again on March 23, 2019.

“I think even Zdeno himself has announced that he would like to continue playing,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said on April 10. “The really unique relationship we have as an organization with Zdeno, and it started a few years ago, but the last three or four in particular, he was patient, allowed us to plan accordingly and then adjust their own contractual situations. You saw him do two consecutive one-year deals, which was important to us in planning.

“It’s an extension of the relationship he and (the agent) Matt Keator have given us, and his legacy with the organization, how much he wants to keep playing, how motivated he is to keep playing, allows him to take the necessary time. “

Chara has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and a plus-26 record in 68 games with the Bruins (44-14-12), who lead the NHL with 100 points.

“It’s one of those situations you can’t really control,” said Chara of the season break during an NHL video call on March 30. “I think right now we all have to take care of each other and after our families. I know it’s kind of a cliché answer these days, [but] I think hockey is secondary.

“But if you have to look at it this way, yes, it’s hard to pause the League at this point where we were with a few games (12) remaining and so close to the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] and [the] the team played well, with confidence. We were obviously at a good pace. But who knows? We cannot always wish for perfect situations.

“I hope we will play again. We will see when it happens. “

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