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Friday, February 7, 2014
Chara carries flag at opening ceremonies

By ESPNBoston.com

Zdeno Chara
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara carried the Slovakian flag during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Friday. Chara missed the Bruins game against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday so he could go to Russia and carry the flag. He’ll also miss Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

"What this guy has done for our organization and the honor that it represents to carry the flag for your country, how can you not support that opportunity," Bruins coach Claude Julien said this past Saturday when it was announced that Chara would miss two games.

Slovakia opens its Olympic hockey schedule on Feb. 13 against the U.S.

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