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. Eric

    This is a non issue, clean hit, maybe they should have had more padding there. One should always know where one is on the rink. Even more so when it is your home rink.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. herb666

    Perfect! This is definitely what's needed. More police involvement in contact sports. More prosecutors. Judges

    March 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. drummer

    What a bunch of stupid, idiotic responses from a bunch of hockey loving Goons!........It's because of this type of mentality that this stupid game has escalted to the level it is today....you guys ever hear the word " sportsmanship"...
    You pay a guy # 15 million a year to chase a chunk of rubber around a rink,and allow him to " drop " some guy when ever he feels like it...Idiots !!....and you wonder why attendance is down ????..Get a life girls...

    March 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • dzznutz

      again a comment from someone that probably hasnt played real hocky

      March 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Jones

      Maybe I should watch Football............nahhh..........sissy sport..............bring on the little chunk of rubber

      March 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mdl79

    The police have no right investigating things like this in sports it's a joke. Leave it to Canada to cry overt this stuff. And just so you Canadiens fans know... The injury is not taken into account in cases like this. The judgment is made only on the hit and the players history.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunker29

      Max Pacioretty is American. I would think most Americans would be happy that Canadians are sticking up for the American guy who had his head rammed into a piece of glass at high speed.

      March 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Jones

      Yeah, the same Canadiens that stand and boo at our National Anthem

      March 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gunker29

      Yep, same Canadians that are being killed in Afghanistan right now

      March 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Jones

      Afghanistan?????????? Stay relevant

      March 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hoppy

    My mommy like hockey. Me think hockey is fun like playing with leaves.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. boom

    looked clean to me. I just wonder why the glass doesn't go all the way around the rink. that would have prevented this accident

    March 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sci30

      Would be too hard to get on and off the bench that way. If there was a way to do it, they would.

      March 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mdl79

    The bias Canadiens fans have no idea what they are talking aboot, eh? If you weren't a fan of Montreal you would have the same opinion as everyone else who watches hockey. So you're bias opinions don't matter eh.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Moe

    I agree that action should be taken – against the arena for putting players at risk with stanchions that are so close to the playing surface. There are just too many dangerous possibilities around and within the ice surface to say that there was intent to injure on that hit.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mdl79

    Who cares what most Canadiens think... They are Canadiens....

    March 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Jones

      BINGO, best way to put it.

      March 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Ahh... now I know why you guys pretend to be Canadian when you travel. You're d!cks and nobody likes you. I get it now.

      March 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AV

    Listen I grew up watching hockey and love the game I am a montreal's fan I understand that getting police involved really won't do anything and I really don't think it was an intentional but I do BELIEVE THAT HE SHOULD OF AT LEAST GOT A FEW GAME SUSPENSIONS come on the guy is in a hospital I really don't think that if we would of hit a bruin player we would be happy but Boston does play dirty and they do have a big rivalry with montreal the only way they can beat us is by hitting but hockey is not only about hitting it is also to play the puck so yeah we don't need police but at least give him some game misconducts

    March 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nadazzip

    wow! this is ridiculous! Had this hit happened anywhere else on the ice no one would be crying over it. Totally clean hit just and unfortunate spot to get put into the boards.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Todd Bertuzzi and Matt Cooke

    We see nothing wrong with this play.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Jones

      NO similarity at all. Always thought you 2 shared the same bed.

      March 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty MacSorley

      I thought it was perfectly clean as well.

      March 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HITWASLOL

    Investigate this as much as you f'in want...what is the outcome? PUT SOME PADS ON THE FRIGGEN THING THAT BROKE HIS NECK....chara jus hit him like you're supposed to in hockey....the friggen pole that was exposed is the culprate here

    March 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PMC

    How does it go unrecognized that Pacioretty left himself in a defenseless vulnerable position by putting his head down and not even trying to put up his arms to protect himself when he knew he was heading towards the boards. Players rely too much on helmets and protective gear. Sure there were head injuries before helmets, but not nearly as many because players did not put themselves in vulnerable position like this. Although the outcome was terrible and a shame, it was not a dirty hit at all and the fact that the police are investigating this is an absolute joke and travesty to the sport of hockey. Prayers out to Pacioretty for a full recovery.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CB

    Anyone that has played hockey at higher levels understands that this play was an unfortunate accident, but a clean hit. I've played in both WHL & QMJHL. I know the intensity and th game. Nothing wrong with the hit from Chara. Police have no busines in this matter.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
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