B’s Beat: Oilers Head Coach Asks Zdeno Chara To Take Rookie D-Man Under Wing In Sochi (PHOTO)
In an interesting story I discovered on Reddit, Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was approached by Oilers’ head coach Dallas Eakins regarding rookie blueliner Martin Marincin. Marcincin will also be heading to Sochi for the Winter Olympics representing Team Slovakia, so who better to look over him than Big Z?
Here is the story:
“I was calling in a favour,” Eakins said. “I’ve gotten to know Chara over the years. I saw him, at a very early age, with the New York Islanders. I was there at training camp the one year and I saw him starting to put in the work. He was obsessed with it. He’s turned into, for me, one of the top players in the game, a guy with extremely high character, great work ethic, extremely humble and I had talked to Marty about his Olympic experience and the importance of him asking Chara a lot of questions
“I asked Z after the game. I said I’d like to call in a favour to help this young man; Mr. Marincin. Z was great and he said he’d spend lots of time with him. Zdeno even texted me later, after we were on the plane, just reiterating what he promised. That’s a guy for Marty that. Chara wasn’t quite as light as Marincin is now, but if Marty commits to (taking) that level of commitment that Chara has with his body, then that will speed the process in him being a very good player in this league.”
Great little story about the respect that Zdeno Chara has around the hockey world. It will be interesting to see how Marincin progresses under Chara’s tutelage. He will probably end up being a BEAST as well.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Zdeno Chara goes into coaching after he hangs up those size 20 skates and redwood sized stick.