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Chara receives love from hockey community after announcing retirement

Veteran defenseman hangs up his skates after 24 seasons

by Anna Kulesa @akulesa_ / Staff Writer

"Big Zee" is getting a big sendoff.

Zdeno Chara is feeling the social media love after announcing his retirement from the NHL after 24 seasons on Thursday.

Tweet from @NHLBruins: Big Zee makes it official. 👍

The veteran defenseman's former teams, the Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals, all posted special tributes congratulating Chara on his illustrious career. Chara finished with 680 points (209 goals, 471 assists) and set the NHL record for most games played by a defenseman (1,680 games).

Tweet from @NHLBruins: Zdeno, your arrival in Boston kickstarted an era to remember. Your unparalleled leadership, commitment, and character shaped a culture that will carry on. Thank you for everything you have done for our team, our organization, our city, and our game.Congratulations, Big Zee!

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Thank you for everything you have done in blue and orange. There will only be one "Big Zee.���

Tweet from @Senators: Zdeno Chara has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. Congratulations on an amazing career, and thank you for your time with the #Sens !

Tweet from @Capitals: It was a joy and an honor to have you in the District and be a part of your incredible career.Best of luck in retirement, Big Zee!#ALLCAPS

The New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and New England Revolution also made special tributes to the former Bruins captain.

Tweet from @Patriots: Congratulations on an incredible career, Big [email protected] | #ForeverNE

Tweet from @RedSox: Thanks for all you���ve done for Boston, Big Zee! Congrats on an incredible career!

Tweet from @NERevolution: A true leader on and off the ice. Congratulations to Zdeno Chara on an incredible career, we are wishing you the all best in your [email protected] | #NERevs

Chara spent 14 seasons as a member of the Bruins, and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2011.

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