Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara happy with his play in the Olympics, which may be the last he plays
Chara for now is in great shape and doesn’t hold the captain post without merit. He is competitive on the ice and his sportsmanship and natural leading capabilities make him a very able captain. Even so, he will be 40 years old when the next Olympics come along and there is no definite way of saying how he will be, where his game will be and if his body will allow him to play hockey as he plays today. Chara represented Slovakia and their qualification for the Olympics wasn’t easy. They had to overcome a lot of odds and paled in comparison to other teams internationally that were competing in the Olympics.
Considering that there are chances Slovakia manages to pull it off again, gets selected and competes, there is still the question if Chara will be physically capable of playing. And even if that happens to go with the argument, then there will be ongoing issue of NHL getting tired of shutting itself down for Olympics break and sustaining loss. Talks are going on around the league to ban players from participating in Olympics and it is likely this was the last time that we saw NHL players taking part in the Olympics.
Chara was not oblivious to what was happening around him and the facts that were coming in. because of all the reasons mentioned above he was very enthusiastic of participating in these Olympics and relishing every moment that he had in the Olympics. He was the Slovakia flag bearer which was a great honor and also played as captain for the Slovakia men’s ice hockey team.
“It could have possibly been my last [Olympic] game, so I wanted to make the best of it,” Chara said. “I don’t know if Slovakia is going to even qualify. I personally enjoy going to the Olympics, but it’s something that needs to be discussed as a whole. Right now it’s too soon to discuss what’s going to happen in four years.”