"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.
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).
The New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and New England Revolution also made special tributes to the former Bruins captain.
Chara spent 14 seasons as a member of the Bruins, and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2011.