Bruin Captain Leaves Team Bound For DC

Longtime Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is signing with the Washington Capitals.

The 43-year-old defenseman spent 14 seasons with the Bruins while captaining the franchise to a Stanley Cup in 2011.

Chara will wear number 33 for the Capitals.

On Twitter the veteran captain said: "My family and I will always cherish the strong friendships and connections we made here. From the beginning in 2006, we have been embraced by this community and made to feel welcome. We will always be grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the community and for the people who always supported me and my family."

He concluded by saying " I will always love Boston."

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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