Checking in with Zdeno Chara – talks West vs East

Questions with Boston Bruins defenseman following the team’s morning skate in Anaheim, in advance of Tuesday night’s game vs the Ducks…

On making the Olympic team:

“Anytime you can be apart of it, it’s a huge honor. Being selected as a captain, obviously it’s another huge honor… This is going to be my third that I’ll be playing and fourth that I got in.”

On finding out he made the team:

“We talked briefly prior. The coach and the GM came to a few games early November, so we talked briefly, but I just found out yesterday.”

On sharing the experience with teammates:

“Like I said, it’s always a little bit different. It’s something very unique because you see so many different athletes in one place. You have some chances to talk to them and socialize a little bit with them and be apart of other events where you can watch it live. The whole experience is very unique. Everybody kind of following along at that specific time of the year, of the Olympics. It’s really a privilege and an honor.”

On facing west coast teams:

“Yeah, they play really good hockey. Our road trip starts tonight aginst Anaheim. We know how good they are at home, so we have to be ready to play our best hcikey.”

On what he knows about Anaheim and LA this season:

“They play really good hockey at home. They’re a very solid team, deep team. I don’t think they’ve lost too many at home.”

On the difference between the Eastern and Western Conference teams:

“I don’t know what the difference is, honestly. Teams are playing pretty much the same kind of style, I would say. Maybe I’m wrong, but from my standpoint I’m just trying to obviously play every game the same way and do my best and work hard. For sure there are some different styles and systems that teams do play. When we do play these teams that we are not facing very often we just try to stay focused on what we do on the ice.”

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