I like Chara as a player but he is vastly overrated as a fighter. He can beat up "middleweights" just because of his massive size advantage but he hasn't fought a legitimate heavyweight in years and when he used to fight heavies he struggled quite a bit losing to Darren Langdon three times, Peter Worrell twice, Darcy Hordichuk, Andrei Nazarov, Brad Brown and getting TKO'd by Scott Parker.
Barnaby didn't kick his ass. Chara lost his footing, and he clearly dominated that fight. Not that it was much of one. But he had the size to his advantage and the reach. Unfair to Barnaby, albeit, he did start the fight.
Yep....the 2 times him and Laraque squared off, Chara grabbed Georges and pulled him to the ice first thing. The fact that he wouldn't square off with Laraque, makes him a loser to me!! Chara has never fought any big heavy-weights either....one of the biggest known fighters he actually went toe-to-toe with was Raitis Ivanans and Chara jumped him, landed a couple smashes and the fight was over....but other than that, Chara has only fought with nobody's so he could fling them around (Bryan McCabe) or jumped them before their gloves were off (Ivanans).
Chara is like Lucic. They pick and choose who and when they fight and never take on anybody that is a better fighter than themselves.
Chara's summer was constantly a hard training. He trained greco-roman wrestling with his father and used those skills to eliminate an opponent during hockey game.
When he went overseas, his father accompanied him with three wishes:
Most important wish was that he will never become a fighter and he remains a hockey player. Second wish was a hat-trick and third wish was a Stanley Cup on Trencin Castle.
Note: his father competed during 1976 on Summer Olympic in greco-roman wrestling. That fact togheter with first wish says a lot about Chara's fighting. He uses his size to gain an advantage and clearly wants not to fight (is better when he is on the ice rather than in penalty box).
So yeah, I agree he is not good fighter, but I disagree with his weak balance. He falls on ice with his opponent on purpose, not because of his weak balance.
Sadly only happened once, but Oliwa tried to fight him a few times when Chara was with the Isles. I think Chara was actually scared to fight him. The one fight they did have was all Oliwa with Chara falling and pulling Oliwa down with him.
Chara isn't unbeatable, there are much tougher fighters around.
I wasnt gonna say anything in this thread...then i saw this video.
Is that announcer ********? "I don't think anyone heard the whistle." Really dummy? I heard the whistle on the video! Some announcers are just so damn biased to their teams they make fools of themselves.
Darcy Hordichuk, good prairie farmboy, took him down, Parker definitely beat him. Still Chara is tough customer, I wouldn't want to trade haymakers with him. Who do you think woud win between Chara and Rypien?