The Bruins announced the deal Saturday morning in the Czech Republic capital of Prague, where the B's open their 2011 season today at noon vs. Phoenix. .
Earlier this week, the Bruins signed veteran center Patrice Bergeron to a three-year contract extension. Both Chara and Bergeron's current contracts were set to expire after this season.
Chara is a truly unique talent—he is the tallest man ever in the NHL, standing 6'9".
He is a very physical player, great at checking, and almost impossible to muscle with. He also possesses several offensive skills, highlighted by his thunderous slap shot, which is one of the hardest in the NHL and has been clocked at over 100 mph.
Chara is a leader on and off the ice for the Bruins, doing great work in the Boston community.
The 2008 James Norris Trophy winner as the league's best defenseman, Chara is 33 years old, but has not showed signs of slowing down. He has set career highs in major offensive categories in each of his last three years in Boston. In 2010, he set a career high for assists with 37.
He is a four-time NHL all-star and a two-time Olympian for Team Slovakia at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Keeping Chara to solidify the defense, which has been an area of strength for the Bruins since his arrival, was an important task this offseason for the Bruins front office.
The Boston Bruins have one of the most well rounded teams in the NHL, and they are showing loyalty to the players who have helped them bring back hockey excitement to the city of Boston.
The 2010-11 season could be a historic one for the Bruins, who are looking to lift the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972. If they do win it this season, Zdeno Chara will lift it higher than it's ever been.