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Not many guys are able to play 20-plus seasons in the NHL, but Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is among the lucky few.

Chara made his debut in the NHL on Nov. 19, 1997 for the New York Islanders. He remembered the 21st anniversary of his debut Monday with an awesome Instagram post.

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21 years ago on this day November 19th 1997 I got to play my first NHL game in the best league in the world. I am so grateful and blessed for what this game of hockey gave me and taught me during this time.The best thing is I still love it and appreciate it even more now than then.I still continue to learn about this game and even more about myself. #dream #nevergiveup #firstnhlgame #nhl #1997 #newyorkislandersvsdetroitredwings #keepgoing ——————————————————- V tento deň pred 21 rokmi som odohral svoj prvý NHL zápas v najlepšej lige sveta.Som vďačný a požehnaný čo všetko mi táto hra dala a naučila.Najlepsie na tom je že hrať hokej milujem a vážim si ho ešte viac teraz ako predtým.Stale sa učím a ešte viac spoznávam sám seba. #sen #nikdysanevzdavaj #prvynhlzapas#nyivsdrw#staleideme

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The caption to Chara's post says "21 years ago on this day November 19th 1997 I got to play my first NHL game in the best league in the world. I am so grateful and blessed for what this game of hockey gave me and taught me during this time.The best thing is I still love it and appreciate it even more now than then.I still continue to learn about this game and even more about myself."

Chara still is a quality player at 41 years old and shows little to no signs of slowing down. His list of accomplishments is quite impressive -- including a Stanley Cup title and a Norris Trophy -- and he's a lock to reach the Hockey Hall of Fame when his career ends. 

The Bruins defenseman currently is nursing an MCL injury that likely will keep him out of the lineup four to six weeks. GIven his extreme dedication to fitness, Chara should be able to make a smooth return to the B's when his recovery is over. 

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