Top Sens #10: Zdeno Chara

Not only does Zdeno Chara tower over his opponents, many of his accomplishments tower over other Senators’ alumni.

Photo by Janothird, via Wikimedia Commons

This is Zdeno Chara. (not actual size)

It was easy to tell from the beginning that Chara was something special. Although he only played four full seasons with Ottawa, Chara quickly became a fan favourite.

His defence cannot really be measured, as he uses his great size to force players to the outside, thereby taking away opponents’ quality scoring chances.

On offence, his numbers went up every single season. In his first season with the club, he had 23 points. That was followed by 39, 41 and 43. He also scored 16 goals in two separate seasons with the Sens.

In the 2003-04 season, Chara was nominated for the Norris trophy. Although he didn’t win, it was a sign of things to come.

He managed to play in one all-star game, and finished second in the hardest shot category.

He ranks third all-time among Sens defencemen in goals, fourth in assists and third in points. He is also second all-time in plus/minus.

In playoffs, he is the all-time leader in plus/minus, and is the only player in Sens history to be in the double digits in that category.

Many fans were saddened when Chara left to go to Boston, and it’s easy to see why. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime player.

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