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No charges for Chara in Pacioretty incident

Nov 17, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

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Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara will not face criminal charges for running Montreal forward Max Pacioretty into a Bell Centre stanchion on March 8, Quebec prosecutors confirmed today.

“After carefully examining all the information provided in this affair, the (office) is not reasonably convinced it could establish evidence of guilt,” the provincial prosecutors’ office said, as reported by the Canadian Press.

I have to say, this is disappointing news. Not because Chara should be charged – that would be pure idiocy. But it would be a fun trial. Especially if they brought Chara out in shackles.

Also, if it was a jury trial.

“We’ve made our decision, your honor.”

“But the trial hasn’t even started.”

“Yeah, he’s guilty of murder.”

  1. abrienza428 - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Chara paid them off

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Wow. Who would’ve thunk. A hockey player not getting charge by the authorities for making a hockey play.

  3. stakex - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Its sickening that this took so long. Hockey players should not have the threat of criminal charges held over their head for simple hockey plays that result in injury. For a city thats suppose to have a really good hockey foundation, Montreal made a joke of itself and its understanding of the sport with this. Really sad.

    • savoirlaire - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      Agreed, this is a pathetic distraction for a city that prides itself on its hockey heritage. Hardly Bertuzzi-like…

  4. govtminion - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Rioting in Montreal after announcement by prosecutors. Story at 11.

  5. michiganhockey11 - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    We always had to sign a waiver at the beginning of each season in hockey (as most if not all hockey associations are along with USA Hockey). PArents always had to sign a waiver of liability for us. How is this any different?

    Is that like a boxer that gets debilitating injuries from a bout, going on to sue his opponent?

    • govtminion - Nov 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      The difference is as simple as it is irritating- profile. If you made that same hit in an adult league or even school level, no one outside of the two teams and their families ever know about it. But this was an NHL game in MONTREAL, against the archrivals, and so it gave an opportunity for people to try to get their faces on TV by sounding shocked and infuriated by the whole thing.

      That’s all. A few people thought they could get attention by making it into something it wasn’t.

  6. pastabelly - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    It took them eight months to arrive at this decision.

    • cshearing - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      The 8 months was just political grandstanding by some petty officials. There was never any real concern.

  7. 2dollarpbrs - Nov 17, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Oh you crazy Habs!!!! Flopping all over the ice & crying like children, what a sad state of affairs in Montreal

  8. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    this does make me like the Leafs more than the Habs now. THANKS A LOT :(

  9. boston25rocketman - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Took more than half a year to figure out what a hockey play looks like? Do they watch the sport?

  10. botlecap - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    “After carefully examining all the information provided in this affair, the (office) is not reasonably convinced it could establish evidence of guilt”

    As opposed to something like: “After carefully examining all the information provided, this Office does not believe that a crime was committed.”

    These people continue to be ridiculous.

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