Zdeno Chara, Max Pacioretty Fallout: An NHL Backlash Is Growing

March 10th, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
After Zdeno Chara knocked out Max Pacioretty on Tuesday night—Pacioretty is out indefinitely with a severe concussion and a fractured cervical vertebra—the NHL saw fit to hand out exactly zero games of suspension and a zero dollar fine to the Bruins defenseman yesterday.

Well, from the moment the decision was announced there has been a massive backlash against the NHL that seems to be growing by the minute.

Bloggers, fans and media alike are furious for various reasons that the NHL deemed the play a "hockey play" with no further punishment required.

During the course of the day today it was announced that the Montreal police would be launching a criminal investigation into the Chara hit, and yesterday the Canadian House of Commons, led by Michael Ignatieff, said that if the league did not take action to curb concussions and hits to the head, they would.

In addition, Air Canada, the NHL's largest sponsor, sent a strongly worded letter to the league telling it that if it did not take immediate action to rectify a problem that has become a plague in the league, they would pull their corporate sponsorship.

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