The ageless wonder, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, has been recognized for his longevity as the Black and Gold’s nominee for the 2019 Masterton Trophy, as selected by the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association (PHWA).
The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Chara was previously nominated for the award in 2017.
The 6-foot-9 defender has epitomized sportsmanship and leadership throughout the 2018-19 campaign. In his 21st NHL season and 13th with Boston, Chara has appeared in 58 games this season, with five goals and nine assists for 14 points with a plus-20 rating (second-best on team).
The 42-year-old defenseman has led the Bruins to a postseason berth in 10 of his 13 seasons with the team, including a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010-11. He ranks sixth in B’s history in games played (951), and is fourth in points by a defenseman (455) trailing only Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Bobby Orr (888), and Dit Clapper (474).
Chara, who is the second-oldest active player in the NHL, is also the longest-tenured captain in the league, having worn the “C” for the Bruins since his first season in Boston in 2006-07.
Among active NHL players, Chara ranks fourth in games played (1,481), first in plus/minus (plus-260), first in penalty minutes (1,896), first in time on ice (35,698:48) and 10th in shots (3,177). He also ranks sixth among active players in postseason games played (159), first in postseason plus/minus (plus-41), and second in postseason penalty minutes (192).
David Backes was Boston’s nominee last year.