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Chara becomes 5th defenseman to play 1,600 NHL games

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Zdeno Chara joined some elite company on Saturday.

The Washington Capitals blue-liner became the fifth defenseman in NHL history to reach the 1,600-game mark.

Chelios, Stevens, Murphy, and Bourque are all enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The veteran signed a one-year deal with the Capitals in the offseason after spending 14 campaigns with the Boston Bruins, with whom he won a Stanley Cup, Norris Trophy, and Mark Messier Leadership Award. Before his run with the Bruins, he spent four years apiece with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.

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