It was a busy week for the Boston Bruins, from recent transactions and roster changes to the surprising (or unsurprising) news on David Backes being placed on waivers. But amidst all the news and in case you missed it, a few of the players hit some recent career milestones.
In his 22nd season in the NHL and a long-time Bruins since 2006, Captain Zdeno Chara was recently honored as the sixth player in Bruins history to have played 1,000 games in Black and Gold. He joins Patrice Bergeron, Ray Bourque, Johnny Bucyk, Wayne Cashman, and Don Sweeney. Chara is also the first in Bruins history to play that amount of games as a captain.
The 42-year-old Chara has nothing but high praise for the club and organization:
“It’s a huge privilege and obviously a tremendous honor. I’ve been very luck to play with many great players and have great coaches. Obviously, you don’t see that very often players staying with one organization for that long so they are able to y that many games. I’m very fortunate that I have been able to stay with this franchise.”
The highly respected defenseman continues to grind out on the ice and mentor the next class of blue-liners. Aside from his work-horse mentality, the young players look to the healthy regime that has attributed to Chara’s longevity and if you’re wondering how a 42-year-old, 6-foot-9, 250 lbs defender stays in shape, a quick search online and you’ll see exactly why he is a legendary “beast”:
“In the gym, I think the guys realize how hard he works to stay in peak condition for a guy that’s accomplished so much. He’s never satisfied with that part of it. He always wants to remain at the top of his game in terms of that physical conditioning.”
“He’s like a second coach on the ice. He sends the same message we’re sending in terms of how to play the right way..he loves the game, he loves the ice.”Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy
After reaching his 500th NHL career game this past October, the Boston Bruins honored goaltender Tuukka Rask this past Thursday prior to the Bruins-Penguins game. The goaltender was honored with a ceremony featuring a tribute video that included well-wishes from former teammates and one legendary drummer, Lars Ulrich. In case you didn’t know, Rask (a drummer himself) is a HUGE Metallica fan. Not only was he presented with a silver stick and a bottle of wine, Rask was gifted with an exact replica of Ulrich’s drum kit. He became the 72nd goaltender in NHL history to appear in 500 games.
On January 21st, Jaroslav Halak will be honored with a ceremony at the Bruins last home game prior to the nine-day bye week break. Like Rask, Halak has also reached the 500 career game played in the NHL, reaching that milestone on December 3rd when the Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0. The game also marked Halak’s 49th career shutout. He is the 74th goaltender in NHL history to appear in 500 games.
Other milestones reached during the game versus Pittsburgh saw Patrice Bergeron notch his 20th goal of the season for the seventh consecutive time. It also marks the 11th time where Bergeron has 20-or-more goals, second in team history to Johnny Bucyk’s 16th and surpassing Rick Middleton’s 10th time.
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