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Zdeno Chara is the tallest player to ever play in the NHL.
One name comes to mind when thinking about size in the NHL.
The 6'9" 255-pound Slovak has been one of the most feared players in the NHL since he was drafted back in 1996.
The guy is pure strength, and his slap shot says it all. Every goalie in the league begs that Chara will not get a chance to wind up his 108.8 mph cannon.
Forgetting his slap shot, how many players are courageous enough to go into a corner with a guy that is over seven feet while on skates?
The captain has slowed down his fighting partially due to injuries and partially due to the lack of combatants that are willing to take on his size. He fought a total of 26 times between 2000 and 2006, and since then has only fought nine times.
No problem if Chara doesn’t want to fight though. The Bruins get most of their goon work out of Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton anyway. Both of which recorded over 130 penalty minutes last season.
Lucic is one tough cookie too. Last year, he led the Bruins with 201 hits and did not sacrifice scoring because of it. He also scored 61 points and recorded a career high in assists with 35.
Not a guy you want to drop the mitts or battle in front of the net with.
He, Chara and many others will do a great job of intimidating scorers on opposing teams, while at the same time providing a lot of offense.