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Zdeno Chara doing his best to deal with lockout

All his games are away games, Boston captain Zdeno Chara these days without an active NHL team. The Bruins remain in lockout, along with the rest of the league, and for now the towering defenseman stays put in Prague, suiting up for the local Russian League (KHL) squad.

In some ways, Prague is home, the history-rich Eastern European city where a teenage Chara moved to kick-start his career, catch the eyes of NHL scouts after playing in near-anonymity in Slovakia. But with his NHL career on hold, and his wife and young daughter in Boston awaiting his return, even one of the world’s most dazzling and romantic cities, one where he has strong sentimental ties, can feel somewhat empty, lonely.

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