“Can I try for a couple minutes?” Kuznetsov asks Chara.
“Yeah, yeah,” the defenseman replies.
As Kuzy grabs the stick he begins laughing manically.
“Just don’t break it. I don’t have enough,” Chara advises.
The Capitals’ video appears to show that Chara’s stick is taller than Kuzy as he makes his way from the bench to the ice.
Once there, Kuzy can be heard saying “Opa!”, which is a grunt equating to ta-dah! in English according to Igor Kleyner. The Russian center then skates around and stickhandles with the puck. He even successfully puts a shot on net.
Chara, who is the tallest player in NHL history at 6 foot 9 inches (2.06 meters), has a special exemption from the NHL to use a 67-inch (170 cm) shafted stick.