Visualize Stats by Zdino Chara – The Boston Globe

by John HancockGlobe crew

Posted on September 21, 2022

After 24 seasons in the National Hockey League, Zdeno Chara announced his retirement. The towering defenseman was known for his imposing presence on the ice and his influence on him, especially as the captain of the Bruins.

He won the Stanley Cup, Norris Cup as the best defender in the NHL, and was a fan favorite throughout his time in Boston.

Check out the graphics below depicting his performance over the course of his NHL career.

Every goal in the career of Zdeno Chara

As expected for a defensive man, the majority of Zdeno Chara’s shots came from inside the blue line. Explore each of Chara’s 227 goals and shots since 2013. Then keep scrolling to view some of the highlights of his career.

Chara scored 227 goals in 1,880 regular season and playoff matches, and finished in the top ten in goals scored by defenders seven times in his 24-year career.

Eighteen of those goals came against goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury and Ryan Miller. Chara has lit the lamp against both of them nine times, more than any other nets rookies. Chara also scored nine free goals.

While Chara wouldn’t mistake an offensive powerhouse like Boston greats and NHL Hall of Fame defenders Ray Bourque (395 goals) or Bobby Orr (251), his 148 regular-season goals are his third ever by a Bruins defenseman.

Goals by season and opposing goalkeeper

Chara’s goals by season and five goalkeepers, or lack thereof, have scored against her in his career.
  • Regular season goal
  • match goal

Chara’s first five goals against

Marc-Andre Fleury

pit, VGK

Goals Against: 9

Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller

BUF, STL, VAN, ANA

Goals Against: 9

no goalkeeper

no goalkeeper

empty net

Goals Against: 9

Carry price

Carry price

MTL

Goals against: 7

Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist

NYR

Goals Against: 6

Notes: The goal scored for Chara is not included in the score box in the game April 2, 2017. The said goal was scored by Ryan Spooner.

Source: NHL

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Chara has finished in the NHL’s top 10 in defensive points stakes eight times since 2008, including leading the league in the 2009-10 season with 7.2.

Point stocks are the equivalent of a Bill James win stock metric created for baseball. Developed by Justin Kubatko for Hockey Reference, it uses advanced metrics to calculate a player’s offensive and defensive contribution to a team’s total score.

Chara has led all of the Bruins in the defensive points stakes in all but five of his seasons with the team. His contributions to defense were so great that he led the team in total point stakes six times, with total point stakes over 10 for five consecutive seasons from 2007 through 2012.

At the time of his retirement, Chara led all active players in career defensive points stocks with 105.13, nearly 25 more than Dallas star Ryan Sutter’s 80.39.

Season after season Boston Bruins points share percentage

Chara’s contributions to defense have made the defender one of the team’s most valuable players during his 14 seasons with the Bruins:

Notes: Objectives are not shown. Pro-Hockey Reference Score shares statistical attempts to estimate the number of points an individual player has generated using advanced offensive and defensive metrics. Teams will generally have the same number of points participation as points for a given season.

Source: Pro-Hockey Reference

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Another way to measure Chara’s career is to compare him to defensemen who have similar jobs. A hockey reference does this through a scale called the similarity score.

The three players most similar to Chara are Sergey Gonchar, Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios. Niedermayer and Chelios are both Hall of Famers, and there’s a valid argument to be had on Gonchar.

So how does Chara stack up to these three? He has scored more goals than both Chelios and Niedermayer, but lags behind the pair in career points and assists. Gonchar tracks in both goals and assists.

The only achievement Chara shares with Neidermayer and Chelios that Gonchar can’t claim is the Norris Cup. Of all the players who have won the Norris Cup, only Randy Carlisle and Doug Wilson are not in the Hall of Fame. Neither of them has won the Stanley Cup.

Chara’s career stands up to his defensive peers

Comparing Chara’s career goals, assists, points, plus/minus with other great NHL Defensives.

Notes: The goal scored for Chara is not included in the score box in the game April 2, 2017. The said goal was scored by Ryan Spooner.

Source: NHL

John Hancock / Global Task Force

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