Good morning folks. Tomorrow, Thursday, is the first day of New York Islanders training camp as can you believe there’s a preseason game coming up next week? Time certainly flies, as the rookie camp came and event and now it’s time for the NHLers to hit the ice.
On Tuesday, three defensemen retired from the NHL in Zdeno Chara, P.K. Subban and Keith Yandle.
Zdeno Chara’s last NHL season came with the New York Islanders, as his career came full circle, given that the Islanders drafted him back in 1996.
After 19 years away from the island, 11 years with the Boston Bruins, winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, Chara returned to Long Island for the 2021-22 season. He was a mentor to Noah Dobson, who broke out under his tutelage and served as a leader to everyone in the locker room.
He is undoubtedly a first-ballot Hall of Famer as he will enter the Hall, eventually, as a Boston Bruins. He signed a one-day contract with Boston, a city he played 11 years in, captaining them to the 2011 Stanley Cup victory.
During his retirement press conference, he thanked the New York Islanders for drafting and believing in him to management in his final season.
“I was very fortunate and happy to be drafted by the Islanders in 1996. So I would like to thank Mike Milbury for taking a chance on me as well as Chris Pryor and Brad McCrimmon for helping me with my development,” Chara said. “I want to also thank my first NHL coach Rick Bowness, for giving me a chance on November 19, 1997, to step for the first time on the NHL ice.”
“The Islanders were also part of my last career game. I would like to take this moment to thank Mr. Lou Lamoriello and his staff, and Coach Barry Trotz with his team for everything during my time on Long Island last year.”
Teammates of Zdeno Chara, organizations in which he played for to organizations he never suited up for, took to social media to thank him. Here are a few of the Twitter posts:
— Johnny Boychuk 🇺🇦 (@joboych) September 20, 2022
Zdeno, your arrival in Boston kickstarted an era to remember. Your unparalleled leadership, commitment, and character shaped a culture that will carry on.
Thank you for everything you have done for our team, our organization, our city, and our game.
Congratulations, Big Zee! pic.twitter.com/eaMNnx4K6V
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 20, 2022
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 20, 2022
Zdeno Chara has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) September 20, 2022
Zdeno Chara was a legend and there will never be a player like Zdeno Chara ever again.
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