Zdeno Chara, 45, is retiring from the NHL long ago as Bruin

Zdeno Chara signed a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins and announced his retirement Tuesday after 24 seasons in the NHL and leading the Boston team to the Stanley Cup in 2011.

The 6-foot-9 Slovakian defender hangs his skates at the age of 45, relinquishing the title of oldest active player in the NHL.

He returned to TD Garden to end his professional playing career two years after leaving Bruins after 14 seasons with the team.

The advertisement printed on his final ceremonial contract speaks of longevity in the sport.