It is safe to say that this past season for the Boston Bruins was unexpected with how successful they here, but what was even more unexpected was that captain Zdeno Chara created an Instagram page.
Chara has not been the most active on his Instagram, but with 51 posts since Jan. 11th, he’s gathered a cult following.
Here are the captain’s top five posts on Instagram.
5. Chara’s milkshake
Big Zee’s gang got together to taste Daddy’s morning shake. I will soon share with you more about my new diet, shakes and nutrition that is changing my lifestyle 🌱 ——————————————————————————— Big Zeeho tlupa sa zbehla aby ochutnala tatov ranny shake. Coskoro vam poviem o mojej novej strave, shakoch a vyzive ktora meni moj zivotny styl 🌱
In this post, you’ll see a picture of Chara with his two children all sharing what appears to be a morning shake. Chara goes on to explain he will share with everyone his new diet, shakes, and nutrition.
Could we be seeing a little Tom Brady in the future? Move over TB12, the ZC33 Method is here.
4. What we eat should have a purpose too
It’s an inside job and part of our personal evolution to define what’s good for us. We live and learn. I am grateful to have come across valuable literature and people who are of service by sharing wonderful insights and research. I’m not a man of trends or diets of such but to me it became quite clear that food is the path to health and represents a challenge to conventional medicine. No one will argue against eating more vegetables and fruits. As humans we give and receive energy and it makes great sense to put valuable energy into our bodies. Just like our life should have a purpose, what we eat should have a purpose too. A bad diet can affect our world and our lives and put us in a situation we don’t need to be in. Some people still lack the knowledge, some of them lack the willpower but I feel humbled to do my part. Happy to share some of my personal perspective in the @bostonglobe article today. Yours, Zee 🏒🥅🌱✌🏽 LINK IN BIO #plantbased #plantstrong #healthyliving #plantpower #fitlife #nutrition #richroll #bostonbruins ——————————————————————- Je ulohou kazdeho z nas v nasom vnutri a sucastou nasho osobneho vyvoja prist na to, co je pre nas spravne. Kym zijeme, tak sa ucime. Som vdacny, ze som sa dostal ku vzacnej literature a ze existuju ludia, ktori robia velku sluzbu tym, ako ziju a ake vedomosti a vyskum zdielaju s ostatnymi. Nepovazujem sa za cloveka sledujuceho trendy, ale je pre mna stale jasnejsie, ze rastlinna strava je klucom ku dobremu zdraviu a vyzvou pre konvencnu medicinu. Nikto nemoze spochybnovat hodnotu ovocia a zeleniny. Ako ludia davame a prijimame energiu a dava zmysel poskytovat hodnotnu energiu nasmu telu. Rovnako ako nas zivot by mal mat nejaky zmysel, tak aj jedlo ktore prijimame. Zle navyky vplyvaju na nasu planetu a na nase zivoty a dostavaju nas do situacie, v ktorej nemusime byt. Niektori ludia este postradaju tieto vedomosti, ini zase pevnu volu, no som pocteny, ze mozem prilozit svoju ruku k dielu. V dnesnom rozhovore @bostonglobe som zdielal par mojich pohladov. Vas kamarat Zdeno 🏒🥅🌱✌🏽 LINK V BIO
In the post above, Chara mentions how he wanted to share his opinions and thoughts on nutrition, and in this post, he does just that.
The picture features Chara eating food, while in the caption he explains how not only do we as people have a purpose in society, but the food we eat should have a purpose to us as well. There is a Boston Globe article where Chara explains why he decided to switch to a plant-based diet and can be found here if you’re interested.
3. Patrice Bergeron appreciation post
Another road trip. Out of all the players I played with Patrice has been my teammate the longest – 12 years exactly. We shared some lows but also some great ups during our time together. He is the ultimate teammate you want to have on your team. The guy plays though everything: broken bones, strains, punctured lungs, you name it. He is a Warrior, not to overlook his play, night in night out, every shift leading by example. Proud to have him as a teammate, my co-captain and mostly a dear friend. #teammates #teamspirit #nhlbruins #patricebergeron #hardwork #motivation #friendship —————————————————————— Dalsia dlhsia zapasova cesta. Zo vsetkych hracov s ktorymi som hral je Patrice najdlhsie mojim spoluhracom. Zdielali sme mnoho vyhier aj prehier. Je to ultimatny spoluhrac, akeho by chcel mat v teame kazdy. Tento hrac vydrzi vsetko a hra aj so zlomenymi kostami, natiahnutymi väzmi, s prasknutym plucnym vankusom, proste hra. Je to velky bojovnik, nehovoriac o jeho hernej elegancii. Kazdy zapas, kazde striedanie ide prikladom. Som hrdy, ze je moj spoluhrac, moj asistent kapitana ale najmä dobry priatel.
A post all about Bergeron. What more do I have to say?
I like to feed them once in a while. Their trust feels very peaceful. It’s on us how we embrace the trust of any animal. People sometimes misuse it. Shouldn’t we value and enjoy it instead? ——————————————————————————— Sem tam ich rad krmim. Ich dovera je velmi upokojujuca. Je na nas ako sa postavime ku dovere akehokolvek zvierata. Ludia ju podla mna niekedy zneuzivaju. Nemali by sme si ju radsej vazit a uzivat?
Chara seems to have a low profile on his life outside of playing in the NHL, so you probably did not know that the defenseman has a knack for feeding pigeons. That’s right, pigeons. In this Instagram post, Chara provides a short video of one pigeon eating food out of his hand along with a caption about how trust is often misused among people.
1. It’s all about the mindset
Our brain is our greatest asset. Our mind controls our lives. Where we place our attention is where we place our energy. Even in moments of total exhaustion, I say we have to think greater than the way we feel. You have the power from within to up-regulate your state and create a desired experience in your life. Our greatest power as a human. Often it means to get beyond your body, your environment and time. Each time when we overcome automatic habits or emotions, we become greater. When you get beyond fear, frustration, worry, guilt or doubt and use the same available energy for generous and elevated emotions, that’s when you are building your own personal energy field around your body. That’s when you are designing your future and creating possibilities. Full of INFINITE POTENTIAL. Go @nhlbruins ! #powerofone #weareone #team #bostonbruins #oneforall #powerofthoughts #energy #mindset ——————————————————————— Nasim najvacsim bohatstvom je mozog. Nas zivot je ovladany nasou myslou. Kam umiestnujeme svoju pozornost, tam umiestnujeme svoju energiu. Aj vo chvilach uplneho vycerpania je mozne prekonat silou myslienky vlastne pocity. Mame vo svojom vnutri velku moc pozdvihnut svoj stav vyssie a vytvorit zelany efekt vo svojom zivote. To je najvacsia moc, ktoru ako ludske bytosti mame. Casto to znamena povzniest sa nad vsetko: Telo, prostredie a cas. Zakazdym ked prekonas automatizovane reakcie alebo pocity, stavas sa vacsim. Ked sa dostanes nad strach, frustraciu, obavy, pocity viny alebo pochybnosti a vyuzijes tu istu dostupnu energiu na velkoryse a vznesene emocie a myslienky, tak vtedy vytvaras okolo svojho tela vlastne energeticke pole. Jeho strojcom si len ty sam. A toto je, kedy tvarujes svoju buducnost a tvoris moznosti. Plne NEKONECNEHO POTENCIALU. Do toho Bruins, ide sa dalej!
This post and the caption below will be my favorite for a long time, only because the caption could not be truer. Chara posted this around the time of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and his mindset going into them. Each time we overcome any obstacles, we become greater.
It was tough to pick out just five posts of Chara’s, as each post has been a pleasure to read. Just reading any of Chara’s 51 posts will give you some motivation, and I would not be surprised if the blue-liner comes out with a book shortly after retirement.