Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara Welcomes Daughter Elliz Victoria

04/29/2009 at 10:30 AM ET
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At 6’9″ and 255 lbs., Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara is known for his abnormally large size, so the 32-year-old defenseman and team captain must be quite a sight while cradling his newborn daughter Elliz Victoria Chara. Born at 7:20 p.m. on Monday, April 27th, baby girl weighed in at a perfectly normal 7 lbs., 6 oz. Zdeno revealed that “it took a bit” for wife Tatiana to deliver, but ultimately “everything went well.”

“It’s so overwhelming. It’s such an exciting thing in our lives, and we’re looking forward to watching her grow.”

Present for the birth, with Boston wrapping up its quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens on April 22nd, Zdeno was clearly moved by what he witnessed. “You can’t really describe, but it’s just amazing,” he told reporters. “It’s beautiful, probably the best day of my life.” It’s a sentiment his teammate and fellow defenseman Andrew Ference knows well; He welcomed his second child — a daughter named Stella — in March. Andrew adds,

“Having a child and coming home to your kid puts everything in perspective. You won’t get too high after a win or too low from a loss, but it’s a good relief either way from the daily grind of the game. When you come home to your child, nothing else really matters. It’s good. Makes you grow up.”

Boston’s next series, against the Carolina Hurricanes, begins Friday.


Thanks to CBB readers Ella and Alyse.

-– Missy

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Melissa on


Brooklyn on

Congratulations to them! Interesting name!

Jennifer on

I was surprised when I saw the name. My 3 year old daughter is Ellis Victoria. So close… So of course I think it is a lovely name!

EMO on

I’ve never seen the name Elliz before, but I like it. Is it pronounced like Ellis? I saw he’s from the former Czechoslovakia – is Elliz a Czech name?

Iva on

EMO, he is from Slovakia. And no Elliz is neither Slovak or Czech name. It’s the pronnounciation of Elise written is Slovak.

Anyway congrats to Zdeno and his wife! I dind’t even know he was married and that they were expecting.

Alyse on

So excited about this! I was extremely nervous since I read that she was due in the middle of the first Stanley Cup series (a week ago this past Sunday). I met her at the Bruins Foundation Charity Carnival, and she’s such a doll.
I’m so excited for “Captain Zee”. Can’t wait for the second series. (And I was so out of the loop with Andy Ference, never knew his wife just had another baby last month.)
Go B’s!

Jenna on

Congrats Chara! I can’t imagine him holding a baby. He is just a beast on the ice!

Congrats on the baby and please bring me home the Stanley Cup!

Jaclyn on

Two of his other teammates had daughters in recent months too. Chuck Kobasew’s daughter Shea was born in February and Aaron Ward’s daughter Phoebe was born around the same time as Ference’s daughter I think.


It’s crazy how they all had girls!

CelebBabyLover on

IVA- Actually, EMO is correct. She said “the former Czechoslovakia”. Czechoslovakia consisted of the modern-day Czech Republic and Slovakia (although, when most people hear “Czechoslovakia”, they tend to think of the Czech Republic rather than Slovakia. In fact, tons of people still mistakeningly refer to the Czech Republic as Czechoslovakia…Whereas I’ve yet to hear one person mistakenly refer to Slovakia that way for some reason.).

Thus, Bruin IS indeed from the former Czechoslovakia! 🙂

Alyse on

I read this on NESN comments. Something along the lines of “Better teach her to drink from a cup soon so she can drink from the Stanley when it comes homes to Boston!”

Montreal Canadiens on

Not to be too annoying, but home for the cup is Montreal. Stanley Cup history proves that Montreal is the home of the Stanley Cup…. and yes I am aware that every team thinks that their hometown is the home of the Cup, but a team that has won 24 (more then any other team) I think deserves the honour. Don’t like him at all, but glad his daughter is well.