Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/7/14
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had the honor of serving as Slovakia’s flag bearer during Friday’s opening ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 36-year-old defenseman will captain Slovakia’s hockey team, which begins group stage play on Feb. 13 against the United States. As an NHL star, Stanley Cup champion, one of the tallest athletes and an all-around nice guy, Chara has been one of the most popular athletes in Sochi since he arrived. Check out some of the best photos of Chara below. The tallest flag-bearer of them all has arrived in Sochi, Russia. Welcome Zdeno Chara. http://t.co/O4a9EYyVJN— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 07, 2014 Slovakia's Zdeno Chara was one of several flag bearers from hockey. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images http://t.co/kK2vEdtpUz— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) February 07, 2014 @Sochi2014 SVK and Zdeno #Chara with national flag at the Opening ceremony. Looking forward to C some gr8 hockey. http://t.co/mXeZaDDCMk— Frantisek Ruzicka (@FeroRuzicka) February 07, 2014 Our proud flag bearer & Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chára (@zdeno33) during the @Sochi2014 Opening Ceremony http://t.co/qS2KXhmRLm— Miroslav Lajčák (@MiroslavLajcak) February 07, 2014 Ran into Zdeno Chara today. Couldn't resist taking a picture :) http://t.co/sYNOIbrWLn— Kirsten Moore-Towers (@Kirsten_MT) February 07, 2014 Standing in line with #Chara to use the restroom #Sochi2014 #SochiProblems :) it's just so unreal http://t.co/dPewvdbQjV— Monika Bittner (@Moni_Bittner) February 07, 2014 Thumbnail photo via Twitter/BonksMulletFiled under: Boston Bruins, Nicholas Goss, Olympics, Zdeno Chara

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