WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Numerous pictures have surfaced of Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara enjoying the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Many of his fellow Olympians have tweeted shots taken with him, and in many cases the size difference is striking.
One picture in particular had his Bruins teammates ribbing him after the team's practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena as the players prepare for their last game Saturday before the Olympic break when they host the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden.
The picture of Chara's twin bed is hysterical, only because he somehow needs to figure out how to rest his 6-foot-9, 255-pound frame onto such a small mattress. Chara moved an ottoman to the foot of the bed in order to accommodate his massive body.
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"You're that tall, what can you do, right?" said goaltender Tuukka Rask with a smile. "You've just got to deal with it."
Julien said he hasn't seen the pictures of Chara's twin bed.
"No, I haven't, but he did tell me he was going to put a couple of beds together and see if that would help," Julien said. "I'm not sure they built those accommodations for 6-foot-9 athletes, but he'll make do. He's been through that a few times."
Leading up to the Olympic Games Julien has done a solid job of keeping his focus on the Bruins, but he finally admitted Friday afternoon he's ready to represent Team Canada as an associate coach.
"Peter [Chiarelli] just asked me today if I'm looking forward to going and if I'm getting excited. I said 'Yeah.' This is probably one of the first days that I'm really starting to feel it," Julien said. "We've got one game left and my focus is on that game, but at the same time, we're just a couple of days away from leaving. It is getting exciting, and I'm looking forward to representing my country."