Back in March, 41-year-old Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara signed a one-year contract extension with a base salary of $5 million and $1.75 million in performance-based incentives. Chara is in his 12th season in Boston and 20th in the NHL, having captained the Bruins since signing with them as a free agent back on July 1, 2006. And while many fans thought the signing might be a risky one, for both the veteran and the team, it seemed to be perfect for both camps.
It seems even more perfect now that Chara himself seems to be already planning his post-NHL career and his retirement.
On Wednesday, Nashville Predators blue liner P.K. Subban posted a photo of himself in a classroom at Harvard University on his Twitter account. Indeed the blue liner has decided to go back to school this offseason, and is taking a four-day course, which is called The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports and it has a tuition fee of $10,000, according to the university's webpage.
And he is not the only player in the NHL to attend the class: Chara is also attending the course.
Subban shared a short video on his Twitter account on Thursday morning of he and the giant defender ahead of the class, saying: "Here am I with an old acquaintance of mine, Big Z. Back to school. Let's go!"
Subban and Chara are not the only pro athlete taking the class, which is reportedly aimed for people in in the talent industry, including musicians and actors, along with agents and managers. Olympic champion skier Lindsay Vonn is also attending the course, according to one of the professors on the Harvard campus.
This is surely a great plan for Chara once he retires from the NHL, as he could take over a management role in Boston. However, we cannot be sure when that will be. When he signed his contract extension, Chara said he believes that he will be playing beyond this new contract, beyond a season when he'll turn 42, and into one when he'll turn 43.
"It goes by performance. I have to perform," Chara said back then, according to the NHL.com website. "The rest of it, it will fall into place."