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Chara opens up on why the Bruins don't haze new players

5 novembre 2019
Hazing has been an ugly side of hockey for a long time, and former players have recently started to come forward to spread light on the emotional trauma that they have endured due to these acts. Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is the most recent player to discuss the damage that hazing can do to a person.

In an interview with The Athletic's Joe McDonald, Chara revealed that he was a victim of hazing in his younger years while he was still playing hockey in Slovakia. He did not want to discuss the acts that occurred in detail.

"I've been through some stuff and had to do certain things as a young player, and I didn't like it. Right then I made up my mind if I was ever in control of that kind of environment and could make a change, I would do it," Chara told McDonald.

The 'Solo Lap' for a player making his NHL debut has been a long-standing ritual with many NHL teams. Although it is fairly harmless, Chara believes it to be unnecessary.

McDonald also went on to write that Chara believes in a one-team mentality and that is why he chooses to use the term 'first-year players' rather than calling them rookies.

"I don't use the word 'rookie' because it just doesn't sound right. Little things go a long way and make a difference for these young men who are trying to stay and establish themselves in the league. If we can help them out in any way, then that's great."

"How can you expect something out of a young player on the ice when you treat him differently off the ice?" Chara added. "I believe in certain acts and behaviors, and it's a standard for me that we're going to be using anything against anyone."

Chara's mindset of making sure that the younger players are welcome on and off the ice is a big reason why he is one of the most respected players in the league, and also a huge part of the Bruins are perennial Stanley Cup contenders.

The 42 year old played in his 1500th career game Tuesday night.

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- 3 3
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND
2 - 2
FILIP ZADINA
2 - 2
KYLE CONNOR
1 1 2
SETH JONES
1 1 2
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1 1 2
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1 - 1
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1 - 1
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1 - 1
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- 1 1
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- 1 1
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NHL LEADERS
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CONNOR MCDAVID
49 76
LEON DRAISAITL
49 75
NATHAN MACKINNON
49 72
DAVID PASTRNAK
51 70
ARTEMI PANARIN
47 68
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
49 65
BRAD MARCHAND
51 65
PATRICK KANE
51 63
JACK EICHEL
48 62
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
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GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
51 37
AUSTON MATTHEWS
49 34
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
49 34
NATHAN MACKINNON
49 30
JACK EICHEL
48 28
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 49
LEON DRAISAITL
49 48
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
49 47
JOHN CARLSON
49 47
BRAD MARCHAND
51 44
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
ROMAN JOSI
47 48
VICTOR HEDMAN
46 41
DOUGIE HAMILTON
47 40
ALEX PIETRANGELO
49 40
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ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR
41 37
VICTOR OLOFSSON
42 35
QUINN HUGHES
48 34
DOMINIK KUBALIK
49 32
MARTIN NECAS
46 27
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WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
35 24
JORDAN BINNINGTON
35 22
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
39 22
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
42 21
CAREY PRICE
40 20
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SHUTOUTS GP SO
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
42 4
JAMES REIMER
20 3
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
21 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
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TRISTAN JARRY
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