Boston Bruins’ star Zdeno Chara is being investigated by Quebec police after a questionable hit on Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens.
The NHL found itself under scrutiny Thursday from police, league sponsors and even Prime Minister Stephen Harper over its handling of this week’s devastating hit that put Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty in hospital and gave the league another black eye.
After Montreal police announced that they are investigating whether Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara could be criminally charged for his actions, league commissioner Gary Bettman found himself dropping the gloves to duke it out with Air Canada, one of the league’s corporate sponsors.
It’s all fallout from Tuesday’s game in Montreal, where Chara checked Pacioretty into the stanchion which divides the players’ benches. The brutal high-speed collision caused Pacioretty’s body to twist in mid-air before collapsing to the ice.