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Montreal police want to have a word with Zdeno Chara about hit on Max Pacioretty

Jun 28, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

Max Pacioretty, Zdeno Chara AP

To some, the Boston Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup run turned Zdeno Chara‘s hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into a mere footnote to a memorable season for the B’s. It sounds like Montreal police haven’t forgotten, though.

Montreal-area cops have been investigating the hit for some time but have experienced “logistical issues” in asking Chara – the final person they must speak to – before deciding if they will press charges. As silly as the situation might seem to some, there’s no denying that Pacioretty suffered some serious injuries including a broken vertebra and concussion issues (unless you’re Mark Recchi).

The Canadian Press has the report on Montreal police and Chara.

Montreal cops have announced they intend to question Chara in the coming weeks — but they won’t say when or where they’ll do it.

A probe into Chara’s hit last March that sidelined Montreal forward Max Pacioretty and sparked demands for a crackdown on hockey violence is nearing completion.


Police say there have been logistical issues in meeting with Chara because of the Bruins’ lengthy playoff run.

But police spokesman Ian Lafreniere says the Boston Bruins have been extremely co-operative, having hired a Montreal lawyer to act as an intermediary.

  1. abrienza428 - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM


  2. dreadpiratesteve - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Jesus Montreal, let it go. You are just embarrassing yourselves.

  3. madtolive5 - Jun 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    This is a joke.
    I don’t believe the Boston Police Department opened up a case on Rome for his hit on Horton????

    • hystoracle - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      Rome was actually suspended. Chara not so much.

      • homelanddefense - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

        what does that have to do with a police case?

  4. canucks18 - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    I like it.

    • deepthreat - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:49 PM


    • cannonblast14 - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:02 PM

      I just read that Boston police want to talk to Rome about hit on Horton, do you still like it?

    • bobwsc - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      you’re probably one of the d-bags burning the city down too

    • mgp1219 - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      Hey canucks18,
      Of course you like it. You’re as bitter as the Montreal fans.

      I’ve said it before…
      Vancouver = Montreal West!

      Get over it. Your team lost!
      By the way, I heard that Vancouver is changing their team name to the Cannots. Just sayin’…

  5. sippindasyzurp - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    There is no crime in Montreal so they can afford to take on pointless issues like this

    • hystoracle - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      Is there no crime or are the Police in Montreal this vigilant on every case? this happened like 6 months ago and was on national TV/media sites repeatedly since. Hell, Chara was even in Montreal for 3 games in the Playoffs. Sounds like the Montreal Po-Po needs an upgrade in their investigation techniques.

      Most likely there is a lot of real crime occurring that they are missing while busy wasting their time investigating Mr. Chara.

      I still think he should have been suspended for at least 1 game (being on the NHL’s golden team of the year kept him on the ice) but this is just ridiculous. Move on already, the new league year starts on Friday. What’s done is done. Pacioretty will be back next year and seek his own retribution. (Hint: Go for the knees Max – chop that tree down – but be prepared to sit for 3 games).

      • mgp1219 - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:40 PM

        Another Canadian whiner!

      • mgp1219 - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM

        Montrael, Vancouver = Bitter whiners

        Boston = Glorious winners

  6. ven9898 - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Rome’s hit is not even comparable to Chara’s, but either way it all seems ridiculous.

    • bobwsc - Jun 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      right: Chara’s was unintentional, just an unfortunate area along the boards. Rome’s was intentional and cowardly. if we’re measuring this based on Pacioretty’s injuries, then shouldn’t they open up a case on Steve Tuttle inadvertently slashing Malarchuck’s throat?

      • hystoracle - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:20 PM

        He unintentionally drove his head into the turnbuckle. . . right . . .uh uh …. not buying it. . . Chara saw an opportunity to crush a guy he had some recent bad blood with and he took it. The forearm to the back of the head forcing him into that turnbuckle is not so “unintentional”. Unless, you play for the same team Campbell, Jr does. Then the whole league office looks the other way to support the bosses kid.
        Imagine if Campbell was commissioner of the league – Yikes!!! Every one would be sending Boston multiple first round picks to get that guy on their team.

      • bobwsc - Jun 28, 2011 at 5:05 PM

        hystoracle –

        if the league is looking out for the Bruins, why didn’t they call out Burrows for biting Bergeron’s finger?

  7. nickr214 - Jun 28, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    This is getting stupid. Get over it Montreal. Maybe it was a dirty hit and deserved a suspension, but a police investigation? What a joke

  8. stakex - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Thats right Montreal, lets criminalize hockey. Every time a player throws a hit that happens to hurt someone, we can arrest them and charge them with assault. Great idea!


    Seriouslly now, do the Montreal police really have so little to do that they actually have time for this? Or are they just butt-hurt still because Boston knocked their ass out of the playoffs? Either way they should be ashamed of themselves for trying to make a criminal matter out of something that was clearly just a hockey play with a bad result.

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