Chara hit under investigation

Montreal police have opened an investigation into Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara's hit on Montreal...

Montreal police have opened an investigation into Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara's hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty on Tuesday night. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:15 PM ET

MONTREAL - City police confirmed Thursday they will investigate the hit that sent Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty to hospital Tuesday night.

Pacioretty, 22, suffered a fractured vertebra and a serious concussion when Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara slammed him into a padded stanchion on the end of the glass near the Bruins' bench during Tuesday night's game at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Montreal police have been inundated with calls from furious fans demanding Chara be arrested for the second-period hit.

"The Ministry of Public Security, at the (Crown's) request, has demanded that Montreal Police conduct an investigation into the events . . . of March 8th," said the police force, which is refusing further comment.

The NHL decided not to fine or suspend Chara, saying he didn't target the head, leave his feet or deliver a dangerous hit.

The decision enraged Canadiens fans, many of whom inundated local talk-radio shows. One prominent host even invited fans to file police complaints.

MPs on Parliament Hill have warned that they might take action against on-ice violence if the NHL doesn't do so.

The implications for the league could be serious.

Air Canada, one of the NHL's biggest sponsors, is threatening to withdraw its sponsorship if the league doesn't take immediate action on headshots, QMI Agency reported.


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