Intensely Proud Chara Out to Prove, ‘I Can Still Play’

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On his first full day as a Washington Capital, future Hall of Famer Zdeno Chara made it very clear that he has no intention of going quietly into the night. It’s to be determined whether hockey’s tallest freestanding structure will continue to log 20 minutes a game and kill penalties under new coach Peter Laviolette, but Chara still views himself as a guy who can play an important on-ice role at the with his 44th birthday 2-1/2 months away.