Zdeno Chara Plays With a Broken Jaw, Proves Hockey Players Exist on Another Level of Toughness

The Boston Bruins captain suffered a broken jaw in brutal fashion during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Then, with his jaw wired shut, started Game 5.

Most elite athletes are pretty tough.

Hockey players are another level. Zdeno Chara, a defenseman for the Boston Bruins, stopped a screaming puck with his face in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals:

The incident left Chara with a broken jaw, an incredibly painful injury that would sideline most athletes for weeks. But the 42-year-old Chara refused to be taken out of the starting lineup.

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Most elite athletes are pretty tough.

Hockey players are another level. Zdeno Chara, a defenseman for the Boston Bruins, stopped a screaming puck with his face in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals:

The incident left Chara with a broken jaw, an incredibly painful injury that would sideline most athletes for weeks. But the 42-year-old Chara refused to be taken out of the starting lineup.

During player introductions for Game 5, there was Chara, who received a massive cheer from the Boston faithful for his superhuman resiliency:

Despite his jaw being wired shut, Chara went on to log nearly 17 minutes while registering two shots on goal. It wasn't enough for the Bruins to nab a victory, but you can bet he'll be back out there for Game 6.

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