It’s been less then 24 hours since the Bruins Zdeno Chara put out one of the most brutal and cheap hits I’ve seen from someone not named Todd Bertuzzi. Last night the Montreal Canadians Max Pacioretty was taken to the hospital after this nasty hit by Chara.
The resulting hit put Pacioretty in the hospital with a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae. Whether it will be career threatening or not has yet to be determined but the justice from the NHL’s disciplinary arm has added insult to injury by concluding that Chara’s hit was cool and legal. So great, we’ll be seeing a few more of these in the future.
Montreal fans, as expected, were not so happy about the situation and reacted in an interesting way.
The Montreal police department has been swamped with complaints from Habs fans, asking to file a criminal complaint against the Bruins’ defenseman, The Globe and Mail reports.
That may seem like an odd way for fans to react but it’s not the first time a situation like this has gathered legal concerns. Most famiously about 10 years ago goon Marty McSorely was shipped to a court in Vancouver for his nasty hit on Canucks Donald Brasher.
And who could forget the gutter that the NHL sank to when Todd Bertuzzi (oddly enough, a Canuck) made his now famous assault on the Avalanche’s Steve Moore which ended up with Moore’s head being driven into the ice by Bertuzzi and causing three fractured neck vertebrae, facial cuts and a concussion.
Moore never played in the NHL again.
The NHL failed in its assessment of the play. Chara was out of line with the hit and even if it was his first attempt at decapitating a person that doesn’t mean he’s not eligible for punishment.
“This was a hockey play that resulted in an injury because of the player colliding with the stanchion and then the ice surface. In reviewing this play, I also took into consideration that Chara has not been involved in a supplemental discipline incident during his 13-year NHL career.”