The Bruins season came to an end almost a month ago, which sent both David Krejci and Zdeno Chara to Finland for the IIHF World Championship. Krejci played for his native Czech Republic, while Chara skated for Slovakia.
Czech Republic defeated Finland 3-2 and took the bronze medal for the second year in a row. While Slovakia received silver after a 6-2 loss to Russia as the Championship came to a close.
With a career full of accolades, Chara is a force both on and off the ice. Adding to his impressive resume, Chara took home not only the silver medal, but best defensemen for the entire tournament, a slot on the All Star team, and player of the game.
33, is the number on Chara’s jersey. While accepting his awards today he proudly donned a 38 jersey, worn backwards for the world to see. The 38 was most recently worn by Pavol Demitra. Both a friend and teammate to Chara, Demitra lost his life in the tragic Lokomotiv plane crash last year. A touching tribute, lost but not forgotten.
While Krejci is free to enjoy the significantly longer off season, Chara will head to Vegas in June as a Norris Trophy finalist for the NHL Awards.