Zdeno Chara Has Left The Bruins!

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The end of an era. After 14 incredible years as the captain of the Boston bruins, Zdeno Chara is leaving the Garden. The Hockey News reported that Chara signed with the Washington Capitals Wednesday afternoon.

The big man confirmed he is taking his oversized skates elsewhere on Instagram with some highlights of his time in Boston.

"My family and I have been so fortunate to call the great city of Boston our home for over 14 years. Recently, The Boston Bruins have informed me that they plan to move forward with their many younger and talented players and I respect their decision. Unfortunately, my time as the proud Captain of the Bruins has come to an end.

I want to first of all thank the passionate and loyal Bruins fans, who shared the ups and downs of each season over the past 14 years. I’m proud that we were able to return the Stanley Cup to Boston and celebrating with all of you, in Boston, New England, and around the world, was a moment I will never forget. You all have treated my family and me as one of your own and I will always be grateful. Thank you."  

Damn. You knew this was coming, but it sucks to see him go. Good luck Zdeno!