Zdeno Chara, Chris Wagner, Nick Ritchie, Par Lindholm, Charlie McAvoy

Zdeno Chara, center, at age 43, is still hoping to return to the ice soon this season, and hopes to be with the Bruins going forward. Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

 

Zdeno Chara doesn’t know when he’ll play hockey again, but the Bruins captain does plan to play hockey again.

The 43-year-old Boston defenseman was on Sportsnet’s “After Hours” in Canada on Sunday night.

“Definitely not getting ahead of myself. I’m still in the present and I still believe that we’re going to play some sort of hockey this season,” Chara said on the show. “That’s where I’m at. I’m not getting too ahead of myself. Obviously, I still love the game, I still love going out there and compete, and if everything is right, I still want to play.”

Chara is a free agent after this season after signing two consecutive one-year contracts. If he wants to keep playing the Bruins will almost certainly re-sign him.

The NHL has been on lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic since March 12, but the league is still hoping to complete at least the playoffs and perhaps a portion of the remainder of the regular season.

The Bruins had the NHL’s best record at 44-14-12 when the league stopped. Chara was plus-26 and had five goals and nine assists in 68 games.


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