Bruins’ Zdeno Chara Believes Taking Stand Was ‘Right Thing For Us To Do’

Chara was one of the Eastern Conference's players to speak Thursday

by Lauren Willand

August 28, 2020

Zdeno Chara has not shied away from showing his support for the Black community. And Thursday was no different.

The Boston Bruins defenseman was spotted at a Brookline, Mass. peaceful protest in June. And shared a powerful message the next day on his Instagram noting he will “continue to stand” with the Black community.

So it’s no surprise he was one of the players who spoke to media after the NHL announced the postponement of Thursday and Friday’s Stanley Cup Playoff games.

“It’s just the fact that you are having these open conversations,” Chara said on Zoom on Thursday. “You are battling on the ice for moving on in the round and competing for the Stanley Cup. But off the ice, we all recognize we are in the same boat and we are, obviously, united and we support the stand that other major leagues did.

“Obviously, we thought it was the right thing for us to do to take a stand and I think it’s just a conversation. You can see that from years back, this could be very challenging to accomplish something like this.

“These days, we have this platform and with this platform and technology, communications are much faster, and you can get the message out there much quicker.”

Well said, captain.

Thumbnail photo via Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports Images
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