Montreal cops investigating hockey hit
Montreal's Max Pacioretty lies on the ice after a hit from Boston's Zdeno Chara Tuesday night.
March 10th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Montreal cops investigating hockey hit

Police in Montreal said Thursday they will investigate a hit in Tuesday night's National Hockey League game as a possible crime, Canadian media report.

The hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara on the Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty left Pacioretty with a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra, according to a CTV report.

Chara was given two penalties on the play and ejected from the game. On Wednesday, the NHL said the penalties assessed on the ice were appropriate and it would take no further action.

But Quebec's top prosecutor, Louis Dionne, asked for the police investigation after watching video of the play, the CBC reported.

In the play, Pacioretty skates with the puck in front of the bench area of Montreal's Bell Centre as Chara comes alongside and tries to push Pacioretty into the boards along the benches. Pacioretty's head slams violently into a glass stanchion separating the two benches. Pacioretty was face-down on the ice for several minutes.

NHL Senior Vice President Mike Murphy called the hit "a hockey play that resulted in an injury because of the player colliding with the stanchion and then the ice surface," CTV reported.

Chara said Wednesday he did not try to harm Pacioretty.

“Obviously I feel bad about what happened. I was trying to make a strong hockey play and play hard. It was just very, very unfortunate that the player got hurt and had to leave the game,” the Boston Herald quoted him as saying.

"It was just one of those things. These things, like glass extensions, doors, even hockey nets, are part of the game. Obviously, players run into them. It’s just very, very unfortunate that a player got hurt,” he said.

The NHL's decision not to further discipline Chara didn't sit well with Canadiens fans. Their calls flooded a police emergency call center in Montreal after the league's announcement Wednesday asking police to take action, the CBC reported.

Pacioretty was also upset with the league.

"I am upset and disgusted that the league didn't think enough of [the hit] to suspend him," he told Bob McKenzie of TSN.com. "I'm not mad for myself, I'm mad because if other players see a hit like that and think it's OK, they won't be suspended, then other players will get hurt like I got hurt."

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  1. John

    Canadiens should have got a penalty for delaying the Game.Good call by ref and NHL.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. blah9999

    Um.....It's hockey....

    That's all i have to say

    March 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. brandon

    that was a shamefull hit by any one in that profession. He clearly shoved a man into a non moving object. He clearly shoved his head. Now is it in my profession to say how much injury can occur to when a head is pushed at say ten to fifteen miles hour. the NHL is paying these guys alot of money to play. The weight of getting paid so much money to perform out weighs the players morals. the players should know where to draw the line. other wise they go unpunished in societies laws and standards. no sport is worth intentionally trying to provoke brain death a individual. thanks for reading. rastacustoms.com

    March 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • norm

      Agree Brandon,

      Also remember that this incident was planned or premeditated by the Bruins coach who advised his
      players to neutralize Pacioretti and Subban, . Subban was almost severely injured by the knee
      of Boydchuck, then CHARA ON THE PREVIOUS ADVICE OF THE BRUIINS COACH SAW
      HIS CHANCE TO NEUTRALIZE PACIORETTI AND DID IT WITH THE STANCHION.

      THIS WAS AS PAYBACK TO CHARA BEING HUMILIATED AFTER A SHOVE AFTER A GOAL AGAINST
      BOSTON IN MONTREAL BY PACIORETTI.. HE WAS HUMILIATED THEN AND WANTED REVENGE.

      HE DID. HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING. HE IS GUILTY OF ASSAULT AND WILL BE PROSECUTED.

      HOPEFULLY, THIS PROSECUTION WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO OTHER PLAYERS TRYING TO
      KILL OR INJURE SOMEONE IN THE NHL

      March 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rob stansbury

    Clean hit, not a good place for it to happen and I hope he has a full recovery. When I was a kid I was at the North Stars game when Dave Forbes assulted Henry Busha (I'm sure I missed spelled that). Now that was something that deserved legal action out side of hockey. I also think that Bertuzzi should be between bars. Chara is a tough but clean player and I do notice that the NHL lets to much go after the play, but what he did has been done 1000 times this year with no issue.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    What happened the other night is just an unfortunate part of a great sport. Chara is not a cheap player. His track record proves it. There are no words to describe how stupid a legal investigation is. Everyone should just be thankful that kid is going to play hockey again and not spend the rest of his life on a ventilator. I think people were feeling pretty bad for the Habs, but in the end their whining, diving, and complaining has muted any sympathy. I hope they realize that this has lit a serious fire under the Bruins. They better be ready for a bad night in Boston on the 24th.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamHill

      Bill, absolutely correct...he is most certainly the most well respected defenseman in the league....the reply clearly shows it was not intentional....

      March 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SamHill

    It's always those damn Canadiens trying to press charges when something 'criminal' happens during a sporting event. I can remember several hockey events and Joe Carter hitting a bird during a Blue Jays game.....

    March 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. brandon

    that was a shamefull hit by any one in that profession. He clearly shoved a man into a non moving object. He clearly shoved his head. Now is it in my profession to say how much injury can occur to when a head is pushed at say ten to fifteen miles hour. the NHL is paying these guys alot of money to play. The weight of getting paid so much money to perform out weighs the players morals. the players should know where to draw the line. other wise they go unpunished in societies laws and standards. no sport is worth intentionally trying to provoke brain death a individual. thanks for reading. rastacustoms.com
    and yes i did just see the youtube footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-onQTLSRBXQ and i would concur with that dude that "what goes around comes around."

    March 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bibi5

      Brandon–do you know anything about hockey? Have you heard of checking? It is part of the game. If Pacioretty was two feet further along, he would have hit the glass and bounced off. What looks like a second hit was actually Pacioretty's head bouncing off the stanchion back into Chara's arm.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • norm

      Chara s hit was intentional. Not from that game but from the result of embarrassment of Chara by
      Pacioretti during a previous game in Montreal when Pacioretti scored against Chara and shoved him
      by after the goal.

      Chara used this stanchion AS A PAYBACK FOR EMBARRASSMENT HE SUFFERED...

      March 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    Had the hit occurred 2 feet later it wouldn't even be on the news. I'm not in favor of turning hockey back to the old anything goes days, but that wasn't a dirty hit. Just bad timing and bad engineering that the player caught the glass at the end of the bench. Chara didn't leave his feet, didn't use his stick, lower his shoulder or anything. Not even sure why that is a penalty other than reaction to the player going down and to prevent a fight breaking out later.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tomk3

    ouch...he should have had his head up

    March 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SamHill

    Let's sue the Canadiens hockey team and the owner of the arena for putting that hazard there....at least fuc%%%% pad it with something.......

    March 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • nfvn3

      You're not very bright, are you?

      March 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Costa

    Ladies and Gentleman...Why can't we quit bashing each other? I am Canadian, work for a large canadian company with US presence and when we all get together (Canadians and fellow US co-workers)...we're all a bunch of great guys and gals....so...not sure why all this bashing...

    March 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. norm

    Remember the game in boston where Chara did not like being pushed by pacioretti due to a goal.

    WELL IT IS OBVIOUS CHARAS CHECK IN THAT STANCHION WAS A REVENGE PAYBACK TOWARDS
    PACIORETTI, UNFORTUNATELY RESULTING IN AN ALMOST FATAL INJURY... CHARA MUST BE
    PROSECUTED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW AS ASSAULT. THE MONTREAL POLICE FORCE
    IS INVESTIGATING AND HE.. WILL....BE BROUGHT TO COURT FOR ....SEVERE ASSAULT WITH PREJUDICE.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    Not too many athletes here I guess. Don't care aout the man's history, Chara knew EXACTLY what he was doing. Don't think he was trying to kill him, but he certainly was trying to hurt him.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • norm

      Bill , Agree with you completely,

      Chara knew what he was doing , he knew exactly where the stanchion was and saw an opportunity to get
      revenge for the push to him after a montreal goal embarrassing him in Montreal. DONT FORGET ALSO
      THAT THE BOSTON COACH HAD TARGETTED PACIORRETTI AND SUBAN IN FRONT OF HIS
      TEAM BEFORE THE GAME WHERE PACIORETTI WAS INJURED. THE COACH DELIBERATELY
      ADVISED HIS GOONS TO TAKE CARE OF PACIORETTI AND SUBAN... AND THIS FACT WILL
      COME OUT DURING THE POLICE INVESTIGATION. MR. JULIEN GET YOUR LAWYERS READY. CHARA
      GET READY FOR JAILTIME FOR ASSAULT (PREMIDATED AND PLANNED!!!)

      March 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicky

      I agree with you too. If Chara had pushed him in front of a moving vehicle he would be prosecuted for it. He should be punished for what he did.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MRGRK

    Maybe the montreal police should worry more about all the corruption going on in and around montreal instead of worrying about investigating charges against Mr Chara. Habs are nothing but a bunch of cry babies, always have been and always will be. It's amazing there wasn't a riot after the game.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shawn

    Who cares.....Hockey players have always gotten away with beating the crap out of each other, actual fist fight brawls, and nobody says anything. Let a basketball player or football player get into a fight with another player and they classify it as a terroristic threat to humanity.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scot B

      Even in hockey there is a line–Marty McSorley was charged and convicted of assault when he cracked Donald Brashear over the head with his stick, giving him a grade 3 concussion. The league suspended him for a over a year, the courts sentenced him to 18 months probation, and he never played in the NHL again.

      In 1988, Dino Ciccarelli attacked Luke Richardson with his stick and was charged and convicted of assault.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
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