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. Matt

    Don't bring all of Canada into this. Its the French side of Canada that is doing this. I can assure you that everyone outside of quebec is normal.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • bRad

      lol matt

      March 11, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Bluen0ser

      I'm Canadian and a huge hockey fan. It's a fast and physical game. If you play the game you have to accept the fact that this could happen to you. Keep in mind, this happened in MONTREAL! Remember last year as they went thru the playoffs? It's not hard to figure out where on the intelligence scale they are. Hell, they don't even want to be part of Canada! Just seeing the 2 words together "Montreal Canadians" is an oxymoron, with emphasis on the moron!

      March 11, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. MN Nice

    If you take big hits out of hockey...:.you got over dressed figure skating........and nobody w.ants to watch that.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. JohnJack

    Just like all professional sports chara should be held accountable for his violent actions, yes indeed hockey is a contact sport, but how much is too much? It appears that Chara charged P and deliberately exerted enough bodily damage to injure hockey player P.

    March 11, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Didn't Pacioretty just have a dirty hit against the Islanders two or three weeks ago? Why wasn't that investigated?

      March 11, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      Deliberately? You mean a guy making a usual hockey play, checking a guy into the board? So just because they were fighting for position and ge ran into the sanction, you want Chara prosecuted? Let me remind you, HE IS SEVEN FEET TALL ON SKATES! How the hell can you not push someone in the head at seven feet tall?!

      March 11, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. CCNO_Z

    Isn't it funny that while everyone is here bickering over whether it was a dirty hit or a clean hit, or whether he should be or shouldn't be prosecuted, that Pacioretty said that he DOES NOT desire Chara to be prosecuted. He states that the incident was ugly, but it was PART OF THE GAME. Unless anyone on here is Pacioretty or Chara, which I'm sure you're not, then drop the issue on the cheap shot with malicious attempt and the criminal investigation. If this happened in the USA this would not be pursued criminally. Not because the court system has better things to do, all criminal acts should be prosecuted, but because the injured party does not wish to pursue the charge. A tort case could be and should be pursued against the arena for the hazard that shouldn't be there. As for the Canadians bashing the Americans for being ignorant and self-centered, numerous commentaters sound like you could be the Americans you are trying to belittle. With a country as populated as the US, with a larger cultural base than Canada's, it's hard to generalize a whole nation by the actions of a few, albeit political figures or celebrities. You're as narrow minded as the people whom you appear to hate.

    March 11, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Brad

    Quit whining! It's a contact sport and the guy knew about it coming into the keagie

    March 11, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Name*Neil

    Quit whining crybabies

    March 11, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    I saw the video. I saw nothing to indicate that the injury was deliberate. It was a hit up against the boards and it was unfortunate that Pacioritty got run into the the glass in such a way. I suspect many of us are concerned that society is becoming injury phobic. Anything with a risk is BAD! Well there goes all sports. If you take all risk of injury out, you kill the fun. The government needs to butt out, this is an internal affair. Too much control and regulation is not the solution.

    March 11, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. david williams

    Hockey sucks games should be forfitted when players stop playing and start hitting or fighting. Hockey is just an excuse to sell brawls

    March 11, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. CHAZMERK

    the hit on eaton was boardin for sure and a little of a run at him before he keeped his feet on the ice .come on guys its its hockey not weekend warriors that play football on sundays.the stanchon caused the injury and it was not interferance they both where touching the puck before the play .i will say i think chara new the other was going to get caught by the glass because he let up aliitle before hes sees whats going to happen.he could have creamed him alot worse guys come on!

    March 11, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. CHAZMERK

    it was not charging two steps maybe three they were both chasing the puck .you might see the angel of the glass changed the angle so its not a sharp corner that would be a good idea.this wont stop people from putting people into and over the boards onto the bench or when half of you stays in the rink and the other half goes out.i can remember years ago the boards were alot lower by the bench they made them higher since.in europe a guy almost cut me in half any one play in new hyde park were the rangers used to practice man those boards were low. quite crying the guy that got hurt isnt .

    March 11, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. CHAZMERK

    stanchon is padded

    March 11, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. CHAZMERK

    hockey in legas thats an idea.they can take betes on how many fights happen penalty minutes etc lol

    March 11, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. sabresfan

    I'm 19 and I'm smarter than 3/4 of you, played hockey since I was 4 and this happened to me twice, not to this extent, speed, or by someone who's over 7 foot tall but it happened none the less, sabres fan till the day I die so its obvious I hate boston and specifically chara but dirty hit? No f'n way, interference? Maybe! A very iffy maybe they ejected him to prevent anything outrageous from happening so I understand that, criminal charges....all I have to say is, I hate canadians, it makes sense that their youth teams play with bo hitting, explains gretzkys style along with crosbys, both ridiculously gifted, hate both of their style of play, go sabres this topic is a joke lol and quebec is in canada u dumb canadien, your to much of a french fem to realize it apparently, all of you go cry to your queen, us americans will stop fighting and saving your asses from foreign rule, how would u like that? Haha

    March 11, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. sabresfan

    Poor design, most rinks don't have a glass box their, I blame canada, keep ur head up, its taught to any hockey player from the age 9 and up (in america) that's when hitting becomes legal morons CLEAN still hope boston craps out this Year lol

    March 11, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Terrie

    Hey Bloggers, at what point is it not a game? I think the more $ these players make, the more $ violent they become!

    March 11, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
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