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Longtime NHL Defenseman Zdeno Chara, 45, Retires as a Bruin

Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, hoists the cup following the Bruins' 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Chara announced his retirement Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, after playing 21 NHL seasons and captaining the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward, File)
Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, hoists the cup following the Bruins' 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Chara announced his retirement Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, after playing 21 NHL seasons and captaining the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward, File)
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Boston (AP) -- The player the NHL knew as “Big Zee” is calling it a career.

Zdeno Chara signed a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins and announced his retirement Tuesday after 24 seasons in the NHL and captaining Boston to the Stanley Cup in 2011.