In our player grades, we gave Zdeno Chara a glowing review in the B+/A- range because of his contributions to the Boston Bruins, but people often forget that, even if the NHL won’t allow him to actually participate, he’s still a stalwart for the Slovakian hockey community.
And about an hour ago on his instagram page, Chara revealed that the Slovakian Ice Hockey Federation had hardware in store for him for his 2017-18 season.
Today I received Slovakia awards for “Best hockey player “ and “Best defenseman “ for 2017/2018 season. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of my fans, my coaches,all of my teammates, and Slovak Ice Hockey Federation for the awards. Huge Thank you goes to my family, my wife Tatiana,my daughter Elliz and my sons Ben & Zack for their continues support and help,without them all of this be impossible. Again I am very grateful and thankful for being awarded.Really appreciate this. Thank you so much. #team #teammates #teamwork #family #friends #support #help#helpingothers #thankful #grateful #humble #appreciate
We here at SCoC do not speak Slovak, which we admit is a failing on the part of ourselves. One can assume what he’s saying is not too dissimilar from the caption, in which he thanks his family, his teammates, his coaches, and everyone else who could possibly have contributed to him being who he is.
Chara is no stranger to his home country handing him trophies, as he’s won player of the year 4 times previous in his career, including a crazy three year defense between 2011 and 2013.
Here were, according to the website, the final tallies for both categories:
2017-18 Slovakian Hockey Player of the Year:
- Zdeno Chara
- Tomáš Tatar
- Richard Pánik
- Marek Čiliak
- Ladislav Nagy
Róberta Švehla Award for Best Slovakian Defenseman in 2017-18:
- Zdeno Chára
- Andrej Sekera
- Martin Fehérváry
With a field like that, it’s hard to see any other way he could’ve lost.
Congratulations to Zdeno Chara for being honored and for winning both awards!