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. lazy1

    Let's take away the checking and pads and call it pair skating. And when the girls are dropped by "accident" arrest the guy for assault when he comes off the ice. Man up its hockey we are talking about...

    March 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohammed_Loves_Boys

    Bunch of frenchie canadian cry babies. National flag should be changed to the white flag of surrender, but France got there first. The NHL should pull Air Canada's sponsorship and the U.S. should revoke Air Canada's special flight exemptions within the States. People have been getting injured in hockey for years, but the frenchie canadians think they are something special. They're not.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OverweightSportsFan

    *panting and sweating as I type* I've always noticed that most sports fans are overweight pansies whom could be knocked out with one punch and can barely breathe after climbing a couple steps. Then they get their tubby fingers some exercise by acting like some guy who just got wrecked is somehow not as tough as the Dorito munching keyboard commando plugging away angrily about the "girlification" of sports. There are some older players whom are jealous of the safety measures (and paychecks) the younger players receive, so they come out on tv calling the younger players a baby. Somewhere in this country people began placing their own standards (or lack thereof) for the safety of others. Most sports fans would rather watch men grind on each other playing &$$ smack olympics than take their wives in the bedroom. I laugh at all of you. Haha who cares what you think? If it was intentional (and only Chara knows for sure) then it should be treated like a malicious action. If it was a dirty play then Chara did a great job of hiding it. It was such a quick play and I didn't see any extra effort on his part to make sure the guy's head hit the board. That being said: perhaps they can change the design of that particular area so the benches are still divided, but it allows a couple feet so it's not so easy to smack your head against it. Just my constructive opinion. Now back to the fecal tossing.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Al

    Another reason why I would NEVER take my boys to a pro hockey game.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. true american chick

    Sounds to me like some canadians need to put on their big boy pants. Last time I checked hockey was a violent sport. If you can't handle it get out of the league. Pressing charges because someone was hurt in an accident is stupid! You assume risk when you get on the ice!! @anne americans call themselves that because we live in the united states of america,it has no reference to north america. Maybe you should educated yourself on american culture before shooting your mouth of in a condescending manner! Have a great day everyone 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. J.S.

    Well it is nice to know that there are hockey fans in the U.S. that are just as ignorant as hockey fans here in Canada. I don't really know what bashing one another's country has to do with hockey or this particular incident for that matter. By the way, Canada has a small population, but it is the largest country in the world. We do the best we can with what we have just as I am sure that you do in the states. We are one anothers largest trading partners. There are probably no other two countries in this world that are closer than Canada and the U.S. Personally I love my American cousins.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Learn your geography. 2nd largest after Russia.

      March 11, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mass Hockey Fan

      If this incident occurred between two US teams, this nonsense about a criminal investigation wouldn't even come to mind. Settle it on ice next time. It was a clean check with no misintent intended. Habs fans have screws loose.

      March 11, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob F

      I live in the states and find it just plain ignorant to try to make this a "us vs canada" thing. Anyone with an education knows the united states isnt as gravy as all the idiots who believe everything they hear from our news wants to believe. This was a very unfortunate hockey injury, but it was also obvious it wasnt an intentional dirty hit.

      March 11, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • B's Fan

      Ok but to open a criminal investigation is ridiculous....seeing as Max boarded someone on Dec 26th worst than the Chara hit but yet Montreal had nothing to say about that because Max was hittin someone else and not being the one getting hit....give me a break he wasnt suspended get over it we did when cook hit Savard.....

      March 11, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. GeneralZod

    Kneel before Zod!

    March 11, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. lee parish

    Hey Baby from Montreal! If you don't want to receive hits like this maybe you should join the NFL!!! C'mon man its hockey for the big boys! What do u want touch hockey?

    March 11, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. ar41

    Would the Kangaroo Court be held in French or Slovakian

    March 11, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. ar41

    Can't wait till the 24th when Montreal visits Boston, Hope that yappy Price is in net after all is comments to the press.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mac

    So the last time they played, there was, what, over 160 penalty minutes. Canada didn't think that was criminal, but an accidental, wrong place at the wrong time play, is? Well, Canada sucks at everything else, so I guess they need something to talk about.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*

      Ya we suck at slavery, drugs, gun deaths, single moms, ghettos,

      March 11, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      As an American born and raised, I have to say that Name*s comment was extremely funny. In the words of Homer Simpson, "It's funny because it's true."

      March 11, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Me

    I think it's time we have a worldwide IQ test for all people. Give everyone 2 years to prepare. Anyone who scores lower than 90 gets sent to an island with all the other losers where they can form their own moron society. Anyone who refuses to go gets shot. After reading some of these posts I'm convinced we're long overdue for this. We can exclude handicapped people because they can't help it. Just throwing that idea out there.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Wise guy

      You must really want to go on that island vacation, huh?

      March 11, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. Me

    I honestly don't know how this got turned into a Canada -VS- USA argument. I've been to Canada and it's really a nice country. Canada isn't perfect, but neither is our country. Canadians and Americans are a minority in hockey now, so making this debate about our two countries is ridiculous.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. not a hockey fan

    I don't watch hockey but how can they conduct a criminal ivestigation on this? How many football, baseball & basketball players have had career ending hits? Why weren't those "investigated"? Oh yeah...we're not in Canada.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. sean

    Canadians shouldkeep going north till they are all eaten by polar bears! Its hockey! Grow a pair!

    March 11, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
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