With the arrival of Zdena Chára in the staff of the Washington Capitals hockey players in the NHL, there is no shortage of humorous situations.
One was taken care of by the Russian striker Yevgeny Kuznetsov, who before the training asked the Slovak giant on skates if he could try one of his famous long sticks. Chara agreed, but on condition.
“Be careful not to break it. I don’t have many of them, “indicated the 43-year-old defender, who had previously commanded the rival Boston team with a captain’s” cecek “for 14 years.
The Russian center, 15 years younger, really tried Chara’s hockey stick and shot it with an empty goal. Video footage showed that the stick was larger than Kuznetsov (186 cm). The rmnb.com website pointed this out.
The tallest man in the NHL, 206 cm tall Char, is known to have a special exception from the NHL leadership for both the length of the stick and the blade. His stick also has a special hardness, thanks to which it can develop a faster shot. “This way I can use my weight and strength to lean properly on the bullets,” said a native of Trenčín in one of the earlier conversations.
From the Slovak point of view, Zdena Chára’s transfer from Boston to Washington is the number one event before the new NHL season. The oldest and highest NHL player will start his 23rd season in profile and after 14 years it will be in a different place than in Boston. Chara lost the captain’s “céčko”, which is understandable given the personality of the Russian “sniper” Alexander Ovechkin in the Capitals team.
“If you told me two or three years ago that I would be on the same team with Henrik Lundqvist and Zden Chár, I would ask you if you are complete,” Ovechkin said to one of the journalistic questions.
“Chara is the winning type, the champion of the Stanley Cup and he is still strong enough to help us,” added Ovechkin. “I still have enough fuel in the tank to be a valid player,” Chara, a 44-year-old scoundrel, soon stated on the Capitals website.
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