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Remember back in March when Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara ran Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty hard into the boards? The momentum led Pacioretty’s head to slam into the stanchion, knocking him out and ending his season. Chara was tossed from the game but did not receive further punishment by the NHL. He did however, face a potential criminal investigation, as ridiculous as that sounds.
Soon after the hit, emergency officials in Montreal were flooded with calls from…yes…concerned fans. After the NHL didn’t slap Chara with a fine or suspension, Montreal police received 100’s of calls calling for Chara to be arrested. In the end, that may actually come to fruition.
Sgt. Ian Lafrenière of Montreal police said the investigation was delayed because many of the witnesses were players in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sgt. Lafrenière told CBC News that the investigation is near completion, and the final step is an interview with Chara to get his side of the story.
“We haven’t met Chara, we don’t have his version of the facts, and also at the end of it, [a report is] gonna be presented to a crown prosecutor, and this is the person who will decide whether there will be some accusations,” said Lafrenière.
It is not known where or when the interview will take place. The “Crown Prosecutor” will decide if criminal charges are warranted.