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Montreal police to investigate Chara’s hit on Pacioretty

Meanwhile, Air Canada threatens to pull sponsorship from NHL over head-shots


 

Montreal police have launched an official probe into Tuesday’s violent incident between Boston Bruin’s defencemen Zdeno Chara and Montreal Canadians forward Max Pacioretty during Tuesday’s game at the Bell Centre. In the last seconds of the second period, Chara and Pacioretty raced after a loose puck towards the boards. Chara checked Pacioretty as he collided headfirst into the glass, leaving the 22-year-old forward with a severe concussion and a fractured fourth cervical vertebra. Quebec’s Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions advised the ministry of Public Security to launch an investigation into the incident on Thursday, and Montreal police Constable Olivier Lapointe said it would commence immediately. Meanwhile, Air Canada, one of the NHL’s largest corporate sponsors, has reportedly threatened to withdraw support of the league if it did not take “immediate” and “serious” action on the issue of head-shots. In a letter to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Air Canada’s director of marketing/communications Denis Vandal wrote “from a corporate social responsibility standpoint, it is becoming increasingly difficult to associate our brand with sports events which could lead to serious and irresponsible accidents; action must be taken by the NHL before we are encountered with a fatality.”

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Montreal police to investigate Chara’s hit on Pacioretty

  1. Headshots should be penalized regardless of intention. Accidental or not the offending player should be penalized/suspended. In my opinion Chara's hit was not accidental and in this case there should be very serious action taken.

    • In addition to the above, I question the construction of an obstacle that sooner or later results in such a catastrophic injury. Where is the NHL in this nasty business? The transition zones between the glass/no glass should be made safer for players – I am sure that Don Cherry has many suggestions!

    • The interference was not accidental. The result was. If a man the size of Chara wanted to intentionally ram Max's head into a stanchion at 40km an hour, then Max would be dead. Period. If the play happened ten feet forward we wouldn't be discussing anything. If the game is too rough for your precious eyes then please stop watching. You obviously don't know much about the game. And as for the police getting involved, if it develops into anything more than just talk then not another NHL team should play in Montreal until the matter is cleared up. Obviously they can't take it so why risk another team hurting one of their team members. They can sit and watch the rest of the league play.

    • head shots should be penalized with that said every player knows what he is getting into when he reaches pro status if you can not take the heat get out of the kitchen. if a player is hurt in any way deliberately that players career should end and not be able to play any where world wide sorry if i offend anyone this is my opinion. iam a big habs fan and i do not think the hit was intent to injure i detest gary bettman so it upsets me too side with this a hole

    • steve you obviously have never played the game of hockey. Chara gave a clean hit that hurt someone. It was not a head shot. You cannot suspend someone every time someone gets hurt. You frenchman all want to turn this into a girlie game

  2. Me too, I have always loved hockey. Definitely my favorite out of all the professional sports.

    BUT I have never thought that a play resulting with someone being in the hospital with a severe concussion, and a fractured vertebra has to be a "hockey play" in the game I love.

  3. I just reviewed the video a bunch of times. It looks like Chara raised his head slightly to see where he was along the boards and timed the elbow. At that point Chara had shifted Pacioretty's weight totally off his right side and under those situations a hockey player is helpless. Chara's career should be finished.

    • Players at that level are well aware of their surroundings, their position and the vulnerability of their opponent. Chara was not windmilling his arms, or off balance in the least.

      I have no doubt that Chara massaged him into the "post"

    • A message could have been sent after the Bertuzzi incident. It wasn't.
      The law and the sport dealt with an obviously cowardly and deliberate assault in too lenient a manner then. The message sent was if they don't think this is bad then anything less is okay.
      My advice to Chara is cry and feel sorry for yourself, it worked for Todd.

  4. We should boycott NHL. Bettman thinks he doesnt need aircanada. But hes nothing without fans. If you are a fan of real hockey. Show bettman that we have power united.

  5. Given where the collision took place, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. Player is going full speed and BOOM dead-stop via stanchion. While all this talk about headshots is good, as a separate issue, is there something we can do to the rinks/boards to eliminate that danger? Maybe there's not. But to me, they've always seemed like a major accident waiting to happen.

    • Agree with you completely on that one. The way it's set up now just seems like a major design flaw. Don't know if it's particularly bad at the Bell Center but that was my first thought upon seeing this.

      But I agree with Steve above. Did Chara mean to do what he did? I don't know. I really don't want to believe someone could consciously decide to do that to another player. But I think it's time that the burden of proof as it were was shifted for the case of head shots onto the player. If a player's head is seriously injured because of a hit, then it should be an automatic suspension unless there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt that there was no ill intent. The league has sent a very disappointing and dangerous message with their decision not to suspend Chara, completely in contrast with their desire to crack down on head shots, and I fully support Air Canada's stand.

    • I, too, think that the design of the rink has to be cited as at least a contributing factor here. An angled and/or padded end of the glass could have reduced the shock of the collision.

      As to Chara’s hit, and hits like his, how about a rule change so that the player causing an injury gets suspended for as long as the injured player is out of action? Won’t happen of course, because the league cares only about $$$$$.

      • I think there is padding… which was probably the only thing that saved his life. I was thinking angling as well, but I'm not sure if that would work there. You could maybe just take out the glass there altogether.

    • Striking similarities to the luge death during the olympics. Biomechanically speaking a sudden stop is the issue.
      Correct design could have prevented this in a number of ways. You are right arena/stadia design is as much at fault here as anything else.

  6. Where was the outrage when Johnson did the exact same thing to "Captain Canada" Ryan Smyth three years ago? Two western American teams playing, that's where.

  7. Also, the puck is long gone – at least a second before the hit. I never understood why in hockey it’s perfectly acceptable to crush somebody who does not have the puck. In football if you hit the quarterback after he’s thrown the ball, it’s roughing the passer. In soccer, if you slide tackle someone after the ball’s gone, it’s a mistimed tackle. But in hockey it’s “finishing your check.”

  8. Thank you for reading my comment.

    As to what happened on Tuesday in Montréal, I think that the sanction was as should have been in any similar situation.. What I disagree with is the ensuing decision by the NHL. Tne resposible player should be suspended automatically for 3 matches while the player`s medical team revises his situatiom. If after the suspension the" injured" player is ready to come back, that is the end of it. If not, the offending player does not come back till the injured player does.
    I cannot swear as to Chara`s intent but he made a choice a real BAD choice and for that choice, he and only he is responsible. To whomever is reading this, I have to insist that although I have not made any disparraging rmarks to any one in the NHL admin., it was most difficult not to.

    ADÉLARD BÉRUBÉ

    • Pacioretty made a rookie mistake by squeezing between Chara and the boards. He may as well have come out from behind the net looking at his feet.

  9. The game has turned into a Girlie type game.If you think you can keep violence out of the game your'e jokeing. Why not have them just ware dresses and have 10 referees in case they touch. No player would intentionally make that hit to hurt someone. The stands will become empty and you all can go to the beach unless the waves are too violent. The game is the same, it used to exciting. Just asked the south why it's hard to sell the game!!

    • I bet most girls can play hockey and spell better than you.

    • No player would intentionally make that hit???? Countless incidents with dangerous stick play, boarding from behind…etc…etc… Noooo no player will put another player at risk. If hockey can not entertain and provide large sums of money to a few without violent acts then I for one am willing to let it simply become a sport once again.

  10. look chara did not intentionally do that it was a normal hit that couldn't have been at a worse spot on the boards you people are way over thinking this and over analysing. the sport is hockey people a full contact sport many players careers have been cut short do to injury its a tough sport it happens and sponsers pulling their sponsorships isnt going to stop injury its only going to take everything out of the game. its a sport lose the political views and just play

    • How come all the Chara defenders can't string a sentence together? Does he give his friends concussions too?

    • well josh hallelujah somebody that knows the sport summed it up great can not add to this without becoming rude the game has no room for politics or sissies

  11. look, Chara f*cked up, he deserves to get 25 with an L. Nuff Said

  12. Another reason why the Habs' fans are by far the worst fanbase in the NHL.

    They don't like the correct ruling and so the police gets involved. Who runs this police department? Oh yeah, a bunch of rabid Habs fan… It's conforting that public funds are going towards an investigation on an NHL game. Whoever runs the MPD should be fired.

    • What the hell are you talking about? The police department is run by "a bunch of rabid Habs fan(sic)?"

      • It was an exaggeration on my part and upon further review it seems that it was a government department that said that an investigation should be launched and the police have to comply.

        So we're left with two options: the government department is run by Habs fans (nothing wrong with being a Habs fan) that let their personal feelings get in the way of their job or the government is trying to look good since most Habs fam are crying a river over the hit. The second option is better but not much; either way it makes the government look incredibly stupid and reactionary.

        • I would suggest that the reasoning for the investigation could be to appease the public and avoid hockey-related riots. Look for it to come back with no charges. Or if charges, no punishment.

          But there should've been a suspension. The NHL needs to start coughing up suspensions based on injuries and not just intent in order to make players think about what they're doing on the ice. Also, when they do suspend, they need to be longer. 2-5 games being a normal suspension is just too short, we're talking < 10% of a player's annual salary for engaging in extremely reckless behavior. In this case, i'd be comfortable with Chara's season being over, he almost killed another player, and may have ended his career. A message needs to be sent in response to that. Whether or not he meant to do it, he certainly could've made a better common sense choice than running a players head into a pole.

          • You punish the act, not the consequences. That's about as basic as you can get when it comes to punishment.

          • In the Canadian Judicial system you are (or are supposed to be) responsible for your actions AND the consequences associated with them. I'm not sure why or how the NHL brass feel that they can pass judgment otherwise.

            I'm not saying that I agree with the police getting involved; however, it is more than likely for the exact reason given in xiv's response above.

    • only comment that can be made here is your BRAIN DEAD

  13. Sigh.

    If any further evidence was needed that the NHL needs to part ways with Gary Bettman as soon as possible, look no further.

    • The NHL is making more money than ever. Bettman is doing just fine.

  14. Take hockey out of the french whining nation. What a bunch of loons! Why do they have a solid post where some one can get killed? The real people who are not french ass kissers saw no malfeasance in that play. And these are long time hockey watchers. The fools banned guns because of the embarrassment of all the "men" lol, leaving the Girls alone with the crazed gunman in montreal, now they want hockey banned because of their stupidity again! God get rid of that bunch! Canada is a nothing since every one started pandering to those fools. Quebec city will be getting no team now. Americans will never tolerate those whiners

    • time to renew your prescription.

      • Oxycodone, the only way to put up with the knee walkers who let this bunch out of the hovel. lol

    • hey there je suis you should not worry so much about quebecers and be a little concerned about your name

      • Mer wee, ce bon. Maintent moi cest Wolfe! . Or maybe governor Charles Lawrence, Travel agent for the Acadians. lol

    • The Montreal Canadiens are the only thing keeping Quebec in Canada. Once the Canadiens leave Montreal, there's nothing to keep Quebec in Canada.

      Even though I am French, I am comfortably bilingual. On parle tous deux langages chez moi. Both languages are spoken at my place. Too bad you can't say that about most of you Anglophones.

      And I love how you Angies question the manhood of Quebecers when most of you wouldn't want to go up against a Van Doo who has had a bad day. My father faced 1.5 million Chinese Red Army and Red Guards in Korea. And you? I didn't think so.

      Mange une ciboire à merde! Chances are, you heard it a lot when you were living in Quebec.

      • lolololol. That certainly wasn't your fawder and a hard search with google doesn't turn up any of your van doo proclamations! In fact they were the most disgraceful, representative canada ever had, ignored by all English regiments, protected always, by our so called governments, looking for votes! No, I never heard a lot from you when I lived in quebec. All of prosperous quebec was English. Just as it still is I hear in downtown Montreal.
        And it was the Americans that saved South Korea. No vandoos are ever mentioned, except from the South Koreans looking for their fadders! Anyhow I hope your family can settle down, someday, to their own language and culture! Or continue to horn in on ours, we don mind. Every great entity has their parasites.

      • Hows do wee get the canadians out of quebec? ALL answers velcome! The one that works the fastest gets the all the french support federal subsidies for one minute. You be a multimillionaire.

  15. Someone is going to die. I think we all know that. Probably in the next few years. Bettman and his gang have an ability to prevent it, and they won't.

    • You have us SO worried! lol Meanwhile, the great Boston team rolls on!

  16. I would be embarrassed to call myself a quebecer. Which is probably why I left the weird place. It is well known that bilingualism damages the brain.

    • I know intelligence hurts doesn't it? I mean god forbid you should only learn ONE language

      • When a language, becomes necessary, we learn it. Would likely be the reason, the french are leaving their, so called, language, for the World common language. As are, all the Nations. Intelligence prevents pandering. I excel. To learn a language, to talk to someone, that knows very little, is a bit of stupidity, although its good for ordering a wine for a conquest.

    • Just like most Americans, must be, you are mono-cultured and mono-lingual.

      • You forgets to add, the richest, most powerful, best educated, hardest working, friendliest, most generous people in the World. Never, faking some one else's useless language or supposed, culture for pandering, and NEVER seen bend over unless talking to canadians, looking for direction, back out of this bilingual lot of thieves and crooks. So thanks for the compliment, but I didn't need to be told what I am already proud of. Now wipe your lips! lol

  17. Thank you, Air Canada — and I don't normally like you since you rip off Canadian travellers held captive by protectionist government control tactics. Good move.

  18. MOMMA, LES MOMMA! lol

  19. If there is a lawsuit it should be against the Montreal Canadians and the Bell Centre. It is up the the Monteal Franchise to have a safe place to play hockey. Montreal has been told to change the glass and the boards because they do not give way. If every franchise on any sport called a police investigation every time someone got hurt there would be no professional sports. When Burgeron and Savard were injured did Boston call in the police? If this is how Quebec reactes every time one of their players get hurt I cannot see the owners allowing a team in QuebeC City.

    • If there's a suit against the Montreal Canadiens and Bell Centre, it will also be against Gary Bettman and the NHL, because it's also up to the National Hockey League to provide a safe place to play for its players too.

      If the NHL can tell a franchise that it's arena is too small to draw the crowds that it considers appropriate, it can also tell the franchise to deal with all safety issues.

      When parents sign up their kids to play in all levels of amateur hockey, from peewees to juniors, they have to sign a waiver absolving the league from all liability over certain issues, like the hit that Max Pacioretty took from Zdeno Chara. Once Pacioretty became old enough to sign contracts for himself, it was up to him to decide whether to absolve the NHL or not.

      You always hate to see a player go down, perhaps permanently, because of injury, but Max Pacioretty got to pursue a dream that only about 1 in 500 kids in Canada are lucky enough to achieve.

      It's too bad it had to end this way for Pacioretty, probably.

  20. It was a brutal hit. The first time or two seeing it I felt it was just a bad situation that they were along that section of the boards during the hit. Slowing the video down, it's Chara's arm that bothers me. He had it raised and his head is up making one wonder that he should know where on the ice they are.
    So either Chara is caught up in the moment and reacts without thinking ( extremely possible) or he had enough disregard for his opponent to risk checking him into the glass ( unfortunately possible).
    It's going to be very hard to prove intent. Negligence? The NHL ruled it wasn't but it certainly seems that the public feels it need further review.
    Question. If it weren't the Montreal Canadiens, would this have ever achieved this level of outrage? Where is the outrage from Kubina elbowing Bolland to the head?

    • My feeling, MAD, is that the reason for the outrage is because the injured player was from the home team. In other words, it isn't about Quebec or separatism.

      Derek Sanderson, who played for the Boston Bruins during the 60s and 70s, once said in his memoirs, "I Got to be Me," that he hated to fight on the road because everybody was always cheering against him. He also said that Montreal was one of his favourite cities, because he bothered to learn French in high school.

      But you're right: it was a brutal hit. However, hockey is a brutal sport, when you consider that slashing somebody with a stick out on the street, not to mention highsticking, would get you arrested for assault.

      If the Canadiens are any kind of team, they will rally around Pacioretty and play a little harder to win the Stanley Cup. They might even win it. Halte-là, halte-là, les Canadiens ont là!

  21. what kind of message does allowing this violence send to our kids, our family and friends and our neighbors. What does allowing this kind of violence to occur unpunished say about our society. Bravo Air Canada – that is a very human reaction to an organization that obivoulsy has lost its humanity

  22. It's Hockey. Is this a joke?

    • There's a joke in the States about going to a fight and seeing a hockey game break out. While I don't live south of Point Pelee, I have been there many times.

  23. I am sickened by the way hockey has gone, how many more violent injuries, uncalled hits and possible deaths does it take for the, NHL to seriously finally make some changes? I use to love the game now it's becoming a farce and free for all! This not the game I grew up with, I hope, Air Canada and a few other sponsors pull out as well as some fans, too! Maybe they need a woman to run the, NHL! At least you know she'd get things taken care of! I love the, Montreal Canadians but I'm finding myself less attracted to the game I grew up with!

    • When I was a kid growing up in Windsor, Ontario, we used to think that fighting was cool. We even had a game called "Hockey Fights In Canada," where we would pretend to get into a bench-clearing brawl. I used to laugh at my old man when he said, "Fighting is NOT part of the game!"

      I have slowly come around to my father's way of thinking. For one thing, nobody wants to see two men get into a striptease so that they can throw a couple punches at each other, what with the helmets, face shields, and all the other equipment that they wear.

      More important, it's the message that we're sending to our kids.

  24. screw air canada

  25. It was a clean hit. Pacioretty made a rookie mistake by squeezing between Chara and the boards.

  26. The french need to go back to telling la jokes, and tossing house keys. lol

  27. Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara were chasing a loose puck. The ref made the correct call in sending Chara off for interference because Chara hit Pacioretty rather than continue after the loose puck.

    Now, we have to be careful about getting caught up in the heat of the moment. Part of the problem with local prosecutors investigating incidents such as these is that they nearly always investigate someone from the visiting team. Only rarely, such as in the Todd Bertuzzi case, has a prosecutor investigated somebody from the home team.

    In other worse, Olivier LaPointe is either caught up in the heat of the moment, or he’s doing some political grandstanding like Peter King in the States. Plus, it sure beats investigating corruption in Quebec.

    There are a number of things you have to consider. One, neither Chara nor Pacioretty have reputations as dirty players. Chara hit Pacioretty at a bad spot on the ice, near the door leading to the bench. You could call it a “freak accident,” except that the hit was deliberate, resulted in a penalty, and could mean the end of Max Pacioretty’s career.

    You also have to consider the historic nature of the rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. In the eyes of Canadiens fans, the Bruins are not just any opposing hockey team: they are “Les Bastannais,” those New England whalers who took Louisbourg from the French in Acadia and turned it into Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia.

    You might call each game between the Canadiens and the Bruins a re-enactment of the French and Indian Wars.

    I don’t like all those shots to the head, because I suffered a broken nose and a deviated septum from one. However, the ref did his job: he called a penalty when there clearly was one.

  28. Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara were chasing a loose puck. The ref made the correct call in sending Chara off for interference because Chara hit Pacioretty rather than continue after the loose puck.

    Now, we have to be careful about getting caught up in the heat of the moment. Part of the problem with local prosecutors investigating incidents such as these is that they nearly always investigate someone from the visiting team. Only rarely, such as in the Todd Bertuzzi case, has a prosecutor investigated somebody from the home team.

    In other worse, Olivier LaPointe is either caught up in the heat of the moment, or he's doing some political grandstanding like Peter King in the States. Plus, it sure beats investigating corruption in Quebec.

    There are a number of things you have to consider. One, neither Chara nor Pacioretty have reputations as dirty players. Chara hit Pacioretty at a bad spot on the ice, near the door leading to the bench. You could call it a "freak accident," except that the hit was deliberate, resulted in a penalty, and could mean the end of Max Pacioretty's career.

    You also have to consider the historic nature of the rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. In the eyes of Canadiens fans, the Bruins are not just any opposing hockey team: they are "Les Bastannais," those New England whalers who took Louisbourg from the French in Acadia and turned it into Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia.

    You might call each game between the Canadiens and the Bruins a re-enactment of the French and Indian Wars.

    I don't like all those shots to the head, because I suffered a broken nose and a deviated septum from one. However, the ref did his job: he called a penalty when there clearly was one.

    • All mouth now eh? And no facts! lol As explained out in deux languages, neither right, but with hidden whining. Can't avoid the "whining"! lol Try checkers!

  29. Les ban da wave at the forum. My granson almost hit a frenchman two weeks ago. He hasn't been sued yet. He left the nation! lol

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