Zdeno Chara to leave Bruins early to carry Slovakia’s flag in Olympics
|01.16.14 at 1:28 pm ET|
DALLAS — Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will carry Slovakia’s flag in the Olympics next month, a major honor for a player who had previously been named the captain of the team his country will send to Sochi.
The one drawback for the Bruins is that the opening ceremonies are on Feb. 7, and given that the Bruins have games on Feb. 6 (Blues) and Feb. 8 (Senators) leading up to the Olympic break, he is likely to miss two contests for the Bruins.
Claude Julien said on Thursday that he and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli gave Chara their blessing to miss some time in order for him to get to Sochi early.
“He talked to us about that, came to Peter and I and addressed it,” Julien said. “Peter approved it and [he] certainly [had] my support. When you look at what he’s done with this club, I think it’s an easy decision to make. You’re carrying your country’s flag at the Olympics and, and even if he misses a game, maybe two, I think that’s the least we can do for a guy who’s given us so much since he’s been here.”
This will be Chara’s third time competing in the Olympics.
For more Bruins coverage, visit weei.com/bruins.
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Brad Marchand's Hot Streak a Big Reason for the Boston Bruins' Recent...
- Prospect Depth Allows BOS to Not Rush Pastrnak
- Seth Griffith Fitting in on the First Line with the Boston Bruins
- Bruins' Depleted Defense Returns to Reality in Loss to Wild
- Bruins' Patrice Bergeron Records 500th Career Point
- Bruins Players Dress Up as 'Frozen' Characters
- Looking at Bruins Defensive Pairings Without Chara