Z still coming up big

At 35 and going strong, Bruins captain continues to exceed expectations

Updated: April 11, 2012, 9:44 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The biggest challenge for Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara when he first arrived in North America as a 19-year-old junior hockey player was to find the proper equipment that would fit his large frame.

The Slovakia native migrated to Prince George, British Columbia, and was quickly nicknamed "The Great Big Z" by his new teammates.

Stan Butler was the head coach for the Prince George Cougars during the 1996-1997 season. He had heard the stories and read the scouting reports ...

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