Chara: Atmosphere will be 'great' Thursday

BOSTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is normally a very serious person.

He was the last player available during the team’s annual media day in preparation for the 2011-2012 season and he had a bit of fun with a small group of reporters. As the scrum began to form in the spot Chara would be speaking, the 6-foot-9 defenseman jumped out from behind a black curtain and surprised the group.

He should be in a good mood because the players will receive their Stanley Cup rings during a ceremony Tuesday night, and then the championship banner will be raised to the rafters prior to the season opener Thursday at the Garden.

“It’s obviously very exciting,” Chara said. “I’m sure it’s going to be a great atmosphere and it’s going to be very emotional. We’re all looking forward to it.”