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 "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. Flyers

    The only problem I have with the hit was that it wasn't on PK Subban....most overrated player in the league.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bond777

    After reading most comments , SHAME on you the way you treat Canadians, Do you know how many Canadians are part of the NHL as players,owners, referees, head coach, instructors, etc , and made the success of this league....Every time a hockey club won the stanley cup , check how many Canadians where playing for those teams ! ! ! ! !
    Next time on the internet go to CANADA you might learn something.....

    March 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |

    No question that Chara should be suspended. I completely agree with the injurred player's rationale. This guy has broken vertabrae. He could have been paralyzed.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    How come I can't find any new on how Pacioretty is actually doing other than the one lone comment that he was moving his hands and feet at the hospital shortly after he was transported? Maybe Montreal fans should worry more about the players actual condition than wasting time with this nonsense. I'm sure your law enforcement has better things to do. I've been playing hockey all my life and the focus should be on wishing Pacioretty well and hope for a speedy recovery. Not this garbage!

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

      He's doing well, his vertebrae is fractured, but they're dealing with it next week because he's on blood thinners to prevent his brain from bleeding. He hasn't had any nausea or headaches from the concussion.

      If you did a bit of research (as in, on both of the websites quoted in this story), you could figure it out pretty easily.

      March 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • HAbs fan

      Pacioretti has a broken 4th cervical vertebrae and a severe concussion, he is also upset at the league for not doing anything.

      March 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TryLogic

    In Mr. 52's defence, he did say "the CITY has won 52 Stanley Cups," although he's still wrong.

    Chris, thank you for painstakingly listing them all for the might need a hobby.

    Anyways, the city of Montreal has won 40 Stanley Cups.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TryLogic

    In Mr. 52's defence, he did say "the CITY has won 52 Stanley Cups," although he's still wrong.
    Chris, thank you for painstakingly listing them all for the might need a hobby.
    Anyways, the city of Montreal has won 40 Stanley Cups.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BruinsFan02110

    Boston's standing in the division:

    1) Boston 66 38 20 8 84 37 200 156 16-12-4 22-8-4 7-2-1
    2) Montréal 67 37 23 7 81 35 180 168 21-8-6 16-15-1 6-3-1
    3) Buffalo 66 32 26 8 72 27 190 190 14-15-3 18-11-5 5-3-2
    4) Toronto 67 29 28 10 68 25 176 206 15-12-7 14-16-3 5-1-4
    5) Ottawa 66 23 34 9 55 22 149 207 11-18-5 12-16-4 5-4-1

    Go Bruins! 🙂

    March 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vicky

    I believe it was intentional to smash him into the stanchion as he did, but I just don't think he thought about the consequences of his actions. It is a quick play that will forever follow Chara no matter what the outcome. I don't think Chara wanted to injure him as bad as he did but players need to be held accountable for what they have done, intentional or not. That way they will hopefully think twice about the violent hits they are about to make.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. True North

    As if Canadians did not have enough reason to hate us already.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yall

      I think you mean "as if the rest of the world, doesnt have enough reasons to hate Americans". You arrogance is unreal, your intelligence is a joke and economy is laughable. You selfish idiots need the best of everything, therefore buying things you cant afford, and look now! Half of you jokes have forclosed homes, no jobs, no healthcare. Makes me laugh, keep fighting battles that arent yours! Go Europe.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Otto

    I think the crime here is that rink was designed to allow these type of hits to happen at all, obviously had the rink been designed as a smooth surface all the way around these type of hits couldn't happen, intentionally or unintentionally.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Therocketwouldbeashamed

    Montreal fans have become the laughing stock of the NHL. The whining and crying that goes on with Habs fans is pitiful. The great players from Montreal past would be ashamed if they could see this going on. Montreal in years gone by had some of the toughest,most skilled players of all time. Its a travesty what this great team and fanbase have become.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tomn8r

    chara's extension push of pac's body into the stanchion. the same as moore's extension to elbow naslund's head. a split second decision by both chara and moore to get that extra inch.

    ten game suspension, fine. that's what should have happened, BUT politics or some frikkin thing got in the way of the right disciplinary action. i hope the police find the nhl guilty and do something.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sickofcanadiots

    This amazes me. Canadian Hockey fans are such a joke. They think the sport should only exist up north with the moose and polar bears.

    It was an unfortunately timing with this hit – nothing more. He did not plan it, he did not mean to, he did not want to hurt him like this. Hockey players do not want to seriously injure each other ever. If you are so blinded by your stupid team's pride to realize this than you have more fingers than brain cells.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Spoken like what the rest of the world sees as a real American ignorant red neck idiot. Congratulations on spreading the reputation!

      March 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LMAO

    I enjoy reading the people who seriously post comments on stories. You run the spectrum from borderline retarded to full on.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jamar

    For the record, Montreal isn't really representative of Canada as a whole, we think they are whiners too.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      I guess you're from Toronto, why don't you just annex yourself to the US and get over it. You're kind of pathetic trying to copy them and thinking that you're like NY!

      And yes I'm from Montreal, in case you haven't figured it out and it's not just about what happened in Montreal, it's about the NHL being a big big joke now that has absolutely no morals anymore! I don't care who's on the receiving end of the hit, it wasn't right when it happened to Bergeron or Savard or Moore or anybody else that it happened to!

      March 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
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