We all know the people of Canada take their hockey seriously. When someone gets injured as a result of what Canadiens fans consider to be a cheap shot, some sort of repercussion is expected. As you can probably imagine, Canadiens fans were not happy when the NHL decided not to fine nor suspend Zdeno Chara for this hit on Max Pacioretty, which left the 22-year-old with a fractured vertebra and severe concussion.
Being upset is one thing, but do the police really need to get involved? According to the Montreal Gazette, via Barstool Sports, Montreal police have launched an official investigation into the hit Chara put on Pacioretty. Wow. Assault charges have been handed down for hockey hits before, but am I the only one who actually saw what happened?
If the hit Pacioretty took happened two feet to the left or right, we wouldn’t even be talking about it. Unless you think Chara is the most accurate head-hunter in the history of athletic competition, you can’t honestly say his intention was to nearly decapitate Pacioretty on the turnbuckle that jets out next to the team benches. Watch the tape.
Said Pacioretty about the incident: “I am upset and disgusted that the league didn’t think enough of (the hit) to suspend him. I’m not mad for myself, I’m mad because if other players see a hit like that and think it’s okay, they won’t be suspended, then other players will get hurt like I got hurt.”
Lock him up. Bread and water for the next two years.