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The behind-the-scenes story of Chara's missing hockey sticks

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Ariel Ben-Abraham was at his New Jersey home on Monday when he received a large shipment from FedEx.

At first, Ben-Abraham didn't think twice about it. As the owner of a streetwear clothing brand, Create Supply, he receives several packages a day. 

But on Monday, there was one box that was just a tad larger than the rest.

"I get packages all the time for my clothing brand, Create Supply, so it's nothing new. I don't even look at the labels at this point, just because we have such a high volume of packages coming on the daily," Ben-Abraham told NBC Sports Washington.

"I open one, I open two, three and I get to the big box," he continued. "I do think to myself, 'Why is this box so f----- tall?' So I open it and I see a bunch of hockey sticks, and I'm just confused. Then I proceed to look at the label, and I see 'Washington Capitals.'"

After opening the package, Ben-Abraham realized that several hockey sticks belonging to Capitals defenseman Zdeno Chara had been wrongly delivered to his home. Ben-Abraham then took to Twitter to share.

"Hey @Capitals why are $5k worth of your hockey sticks at my house..." Ben-Abraham tweeted. "Also what time is practice? I think @FedEx messed up..."

Chara hasn't tweeted since 2014, but Ben-Abraham tagged him in a follow-up post, jokingly asking if he was going to pick up the package from him or not.

 

Ben-Abraham also shared his tweet on hockey's main Reddit page, and the post took off. As of Tuesday afternoon, the post remains on r/hockey's top posts with nearly 30,000 upvotes.

The package label was addressed to Capitals longtime head equipment manager Brock Myles, who probably will have some words with FedEx. 

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The Capitals have yet to reach out to Ben-Abraham, but the equipment company True Hockey has. Ben-Abraham plans to ship the sticks back to them on Tuesday, although some people online have told him to hold onto them for now.

"Everyone online was telling me they're unsolicited goods, you can keep them, you don't have to give them back, you can put them on eBay," Ben-Abraham said.

"But like, if this happened to my brand and I had a high-profile athlete that needed his goods, I feel like I would want someone to do the same thing. So it doesn't sit right for me to keep it. Even though, I think any sane person finds this as an essential gold mine, to keep it until the guy becomes maybe a Hall of Famer, maybe sell some."

As the owner of Create Supply, a clothing company that works with content creators in the online gaming industry, Ben-Abraham is familiar with the inner-workings of the Internet.

Yet going viral for something to do with hockey is something he never would have expected. 

"We're a clothing company and we work with a lot of content creators in the online gaming industry that live stream and make YouTube videos. So, this whole Internet stuff is nothing new to me," Ben-Abraham said. "We did have fairly viral tweets before. But something that amassed this big? Never in my life. I'm honestly shocked that it happened with hockey, that would be the last sport, the last thing I thought I would go completely viral for. I guess it's not too bad."