Hundreds rally against NHL violence

Hockey fans hold a sign during a demonstration against head shots and violent play in the NHL.  ...

Hockey fans hold a sign during a demonstration against head shots and violent play in the NHL. (REUTERS/Shaun Best)

BENOIT RIOUX, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 PM ET

MONTREAL - No one dared sport Zdeno Chara's jersey on Tuesday during a peaceful demonstration near the Bell Centre in Montreal to denounce NHL violence.

There were a few T-shirts with Chara's name amongst the crowd, but they came with very unflattering messages for the Boston Bruins defencemen, whose hit against Max Pacioretty last week left the Montreal Canadiens player with a broken neck vertebra and a concussion.

One sign called NHL commissioner Gary Bettman the "George Bush of the NHL."

Another poster read: "Do not kill our national sport."

One girl held a sign that said, simply: "Vanessa loves Max."

"We just want the abolition of blows to the head, and tougher disciplinary measures," Alex Gatti, one of the event's organizers, told QMI Agency in French.

A petition calling for stricter rules against violence in the NHL garnered hundreds of signatures.

"This is not normal that players like Pacioretty risk their career on the ice while they are still so young," said Gatti.


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