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Zdeno Chara breaks NHL record for most Games Played by defenseman

Zdeno Chara breaks NHL record for most Games Played by defenseman

  • Bruins
  • Islanders
Feb 25
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

New York Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chára set a new record for the most games played by a defenseman in NHL history.

The 44-year-old defenseman has now played in 1,652 regular-season games, beating the previous record set by Chris Chelios.

“I would like to start by thanking Chris Chelios, he set such a high standard for many of us,” Chara said. “It’s been very inspiring and a huge motivation. I want to thank him for that. A tremendous player and a leader. … I’m very grateful and I’m very lucky to have many, many great teammates, great coaches, and trainers. And support from my wife and children. … I’m very lucky that I get to still play the game.”

Chára began his career in 1997-1998 and his NHL career spans of over 24 seasons. He is currently in his first season playing for the Islanders and has recorded 275 games with the franchise.

Throughout his career in the NHL, Chára has played for the Ottawa Senators (299 games), Boston Bruins (1,023 games), and Washington Capitals (55 games).

This season, the record-breaking player has eight assists and is plus-4 in 44 games.

In his career, Chára has scored 207 goals and had 467 assists for 674 points. He was named as the best defenseman with the Bruins in 2008-2009 after winning the Norris Trophy. He was also team captain when the Bruins’ won the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup championship.

  • New York Islanders

    The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Elmont, New York.

  • Chris Chelios

    Christos Kostas Chelios is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. He was one of the longest tenured players in the National Hockey League,

  • Patrick Marleau

    Patrick Denis Marleau is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is an unrestricted free agent. With 1,779 NHL games played, he is the all-time leader in games played in league history.