“Playing With Alex Ovechkin Was An Experience I Will Cherish For the Rest of My Life”: Zdeno Chara Speaks On His NHL Future, Playing With Alex Ovechkin, and More In His Exit Interview


With the Washington Capitals’ season ending in one other first spherical postseason exit, the crew’s gamers and coaches carried out their annual exit interviews at MedStar Capitals Iceplex with the media, by way of teleconference, earlier than heading their separate methods for the offseason. In his, 44-year previous defenseman Zdeno Chara spoke on his NHL future, taking part in with Alex Ovechkin, and extra.

The Washington Capitals’ signing of Chara previous to the 2020-21 season was one among, if not the, most notable participant acquisition Common Supervisor Brian MacLellan made, and in additional methods than one, it bore fruit for the crew all through a difficult 2020-21 season.

The 6’9″ rearguard has performed over 20 seasons within the NHL and his future in hockey was some of the urgent questions. Nonetheless, Chara was non-committal to taking part in subsequent season, saying:

“Clearly the season didn’t finish the best way we wished, however that’s life, you progress alongside. So far as myself and my future, I’m in all probability going to take just a few days to speak to my household and make choices after”.

When pressed as to what’s going to go into his final resolution on his taking part in future, Chara reiterated that his household will play a giant half in it:

“I feel it’s not all the time choices I could make myself, it’s generally, there are issues in life that you need to understand, I’ve to clearly have these conversations with my spouse and kids and see the place we’re going to be within the subsequent few days and weeks. And after these conversations, I’m going to let these feelings settle in and see the place I’m at”.

Chara, who has been famend for his coaching routine, stated that he felt good all through the season, saying, “I felt nice. It was an clearly condensed season with lots of video games, journey, itineraries, and practices, however I assumed the teaching employees, all of the trainers, managed it very well, unfold the workloads, relaxation days, between our video games and practices…I had lots of enjoyable, I clearly I like to remain in form and work out”.

Chara additionally spoke on taking part in with Alex Ovechkin, whom he performed in opposition to for a few years:

“Yeah it was nice. Since Day 1, received to know Alex in numerous methods then taking part in in opposition to him on the ice, he’s an important human being, an incredible participant, nice chief, so to be on the identical crew was an important expertise I’ll cherish the remainder of my life, I’m very grateful for that”. 

When requested concerning the change from going to the Nation’s capital after 14 seasons with the Boston Bruins and going by way of the handshake line after the Capitals’ first spherical playoff sequence loss to his former membership, Chara expressed gratitude for the Capitals’ welcoming him to D.C. and the feelings of a playoff exit in opposition to his former teammates, “It was a brand new expertise for me, I actually loved it. Like I stated, since Day 1, all people welcomed me with open arms, all of the credit score goes to teaching employees, trainers, all my teammates, they did an incredible job welcoming me and made that transition as straightforward as attainable. I actually loved it, it was a good time to spend right here, had lots of enjoyable, we performed some nice hockey”, he continued, “At that time, it’s clearly disappointing feeling, all of us share the identical feeling of being eradicated, however you pay the share of respect to your opponent, so clearly congratulated all of the Boston Bruins gamers and coaches for shifting on”.

Whereas Chara’s evaluation of this season in Washington was total a constructive one, he admitted that being away from his household (who stayed behind in Boston), was a tough problem this season:

“Positively that was a type of issues I discovered essentially the most difficult, being away from my household. On the similar time, the lodging and atmosphere I used to be in made it a lot, a lot simpler and higher than I anticipated. So wanting ahead to seeing my household and my children once more, day by day, however undoubtedly that might be an element going into a choice I’ll be making sooner or later.”

Chara might be going again to Boston and his household this offseason.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born right into a household of diehard Capitals followers and has been watching video games so long as he can bear in mind. He was born the yr the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Closing, and is a diehard Caps fan, the proprietor of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favourite participant grew to become former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey resort whereas in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured throughout a conditioning stint. Michael can also be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys pictures, watching WildEarth TV’s SafariLive dwell safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photograph by Adam Vingan in 2014 on the Capitals Growth Camp).


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