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Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 1:48 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The investigation into Zdeno Chara's hit on the Canadiens' Max Pacioretty last season in Montreal has come to a close, and no charges will be filed against the Boston Bruins captain. And sanity prevailed.

From the CBC in Canada:

In a statement released Thursday, Quebec's director of criminal prosecutions says it does not believe a court would find Chara guilty of a crime and it has closed the case.

Montreal police met with various witnesses and concluded their investigation in August after meeting with Chara himself.

Everybody involved in the matter, including Pacioretty himself, wanted this to be done with a long time ago. It stems back to a nasty hit Chara laid on Pacioretty by the stanchion at the end of the bench that resulted in the breaking of Pacioretty's vertebra.

Chara was not suspended for the hit by the NHL (although imagine what would have happened to him if Brendan Shanahan had begun his tenure already). In the aftermath of the brutal shot, the NHL made a change at all the arena this summer by changing the stanchions to rounded glass at the ends of the benches to significantly decrease the chances of another dangerous hit.

Pacioretty remained out for the remainder of last season but has been on the ice from the start of this season with the Canadiens. In 18 games Pacioretty has eight goals and seven assists, blossoming into one of Montreal's better players. Some, mostly in Montreal, maintain that if Pacioretty were available to play in that series, the Habs don't lose in seven to the eventual Stanley Cup champions. But to that we'll never know the answer.

I'm just glad that the Montreal police backed off of this. It's still exactly the reasoning I'd like to see -- the belief a jury wouldn't convict Chara instead of it simply not being a law-breaking incident -- but in this case sanity wins out.

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Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

A lot of Bruin haters, I guess that is the price for being on top.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

To Gra d 8  ghetto-spook, no surprise your from the piece of shit Jersey: THE laughing stock of the USA.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

ask Marc Savard about it or Patrice Bergeron.


why they cant remember what happened



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

La police de Montréal déplacer presque aussi vite que leur équipe de hockey. Pas étonnant qu'ils sont en dernière place.



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

It's been 8 months. 



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

Wow, still can't belive those north of the border were still contemplating this.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:45 am
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

This is the dumbest story in sports and it just won't go away. This should never have been considered and now, here we are, almost a year removed and people are still reporting on it. Are we going to get a report in 3 months, "Chara Still Won't be Charged"?



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:37 am
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

Chara shouldn't have been allowed to play in the NHL ever again after that incident.  All he got was 5 min.???  GMAFB!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:58 am
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

Seems like the Bruins are involved in a awful lot of these"unfortunate situations".
yes they sure are. ask Marc Savard about it or Patrice Bergeron.



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:09 am
 

Chara won't be charged by PD for Pacioretty hit

quebecdouche   gfy to you and your shithole providence  


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