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Montreal police investigation on Zdeno Chara completed; Will he be charged for hit on Max Pacioretty?

Aug 10, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

Max Pacioretty, Zdeno Chara AP

Perhaps closure is finally coming soon for both Zdeno Chara and Max Pacioretty. The Montreal Police Department has completed their investigation into Chara’s hit on Pacioretty that broke his vertebra and gave him a season-ending concussion back in March.

With the police investigation completed, it’s now up the Canadian authorities to decide whether or not there’s enough there to charge Chara with a crime for the on-ice play. Doing such a thing is extremely rare and in the case between these two with how the hit played out, they’d have to figure out if Chara had the intent to injure Pacioretty and that he acted in malice towards him to put his health at risk for the hit.

Good luck figuring that out. Chara didn’t speak with Montreal authorities until after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, so the investigation couldn’t press on faster than this. Chara spoke to police last month and while Pacioretty was upset that Chara wasn’t suspended for the hit, he in no way endorsed police action in the situation.

The sooner this can be settled out and everyone can just move along with their lives the better. The fact that this freakish but ugly scenario made it this far to get the police involved is embarrassing on its own. It’s understandable that Habs fans would be upset about seeing their players seriously injured at the hands of a rival opponent, but this isn’t as if Chara did this on purpose. The rules and how they’re handled on the ice are different from real life for a reason. After all, if the police got involved any time something went afoul on the ice, everyone would get investigated for something during their career.

Here’s to hoping the Canadian authorities close the book and tell everyone to go get ready for the new season.

  1. derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    If he is charged thats an insult to hockey, the justice system, and reasonable people in general

  2. thegonz13 - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    What a total waste of time and resources! This only came about due to pressure from the Montreal fans and media.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    How can you charge someone for playing hockey? Let’s start charging NFL players to for physical contact. We get it: Montreal loves hockey. Time to move on from this.

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      Montrealers are obsessed with hockey to the point where it becomes ridiculous (ie rioting over a first round win or loss, abusing the legal system to investigate players they dont like, etc)

  4. bigbear42 - Aug 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Next thing you know they will be charging every hockey player that gets in a fight for assault

  5. thegonz13 - Aug 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    The Montreal media is also to blame. They replayed the hit over and over and over to the point where every bozo ended up being brainwashed into thinking this was aggravated assault.

    C’mon man!

  6. mgp1219 - Aug 11, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    This just adds fuel to all of us Bruins fans’ fire, and hopefully, to the Bruins themselves. I know Shawn Thornton will use it for motivation. He hates that organization.

  7. wingsfan1986 - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Chara is a big fella. It shouldn’t look good when he hits somebody.

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 11, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      exactly. the play was interference, it just happened in an unfortunate area of the ice. the 5 and a game he got was enough, the calls for a suspension and a police investigation were pathetic

  8. cliverush - Aug 11, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    The canadians are sore losers.

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