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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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