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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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POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 23 44
CONNOR MCDAVID 23 43
BRAD MARCHAND 21 35
JOHN CARLSON 24 35
DAVID PASTRNAK 21 34
NATHAN MACKINNON 21 31
PATRICK KANE 21 28
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 21 28
ALEKSANDER BARKOV 21 27
AUSTON MATTHEWS 23 27
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GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 21 19
LEON DRAISAITL 23 16
CONNOR MCDAVID 23 15
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 24 15
AUSTON MATTHEWS 23 14
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID 23 28
LEON DRAISAITL 23 28
JOHN CARLSON 24 27
BRAD MARCHAND 21 22
ALEKSANDER BARKOV 21 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 24 35
DOUGIE HAMILTON 21 23
CALE MAKAR 21 23
ROMAN JOSI 20 20
BRENT BURNS 22 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 21 23
MARTIN NECAS 21 15
VICTOR OLOFSSON 21 15
QUINN HUGHES 21 14
ILYA MIKHEYEV 23 12
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WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 17 11
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY 18 11
PETR MRAZEK 14 10
JORDAN BINNINGTON 17 10
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 17 10
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SHUTOUTS GP SO
CARTER HUTTON 12 2
PEKKA RINNE 13 2
TUUKKA RASK 13 2
DARCY KUEMPER 14 2
PETR MRAZEK 14 2
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