A Petition I Support.

Many of you know about the hit on Montreal’s Max Pacioretty by Boston Bruins forward Zdeno Chara.

A hit that landed the Canadiens forward in the hospital with a concussion and a fractured vertebrae, a career threatening injury. If you don’t know much about the hit, Zdeno Chara lead Habs forward Pacioretty’s head into the stanchion between the two teams benches. A vicious hit, which Pacioretty believed to be intentional. The puck had already been chipped past the two players and Chara hit him anyway.

What happened to Chara? Nothing, not a fine, not a suspension, nothing.

Something has to change in this league if something like this can happen, and Zdeno Chara gets off without any ramifications.

Players know the rink. Chara knew he was nearing the stanchion in the glass, yet he lead Pacioretty’s head into the turnbuckle and Colin Campbell nor Mike Murphy, the NHL’s Vice Presidents did nothing about the hit.

Hence the petition here. It’s a petition, asking for the resignation of NHL VP’s Campbell and Murphy.

It’s show a lack of consistency in the NHL’s disciplinary department and the recklessness it allows in the league.

I have signed and fully support this petition. It is time for change in this league, its time for protection of it’s players. I am all for the big open ice hit, or the big hit in the corners. Clean hits are fair, but this, this is a disgrace to the league.

You can find the petition, here.

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  • Myles Robinson

    Idk that I agree. You hate to see a guy get injured like that, and while I’m by no means a Chara fan, I think the NHL made the right call on this. There does need to be a better explanation given of the standards for suspensions and fines, but in this particular instance, it wasn’t a hit from behind, it wasn’t a hit to the head, it’s a play that happens to players on a weekly basis, and this time, the combination of a serious size disadvantage for Pacioretty, the speed of the play and Chara’s overall size and strength made this one a serious injury.

    I know there are many conflicting opinions on this one, but if you look at a number of other hits where the stanchion between the benches is involved, many times the player being hit sees whats coming and is able to brace themselves for the impact before they end up like Pacioretty. Not blaming the victim here, but maybe Max just didn’t realize how close he was. The only thing Chara did wrong was the interference he was initially called for, considering that the puck had been played and he made a hit to keep his man from burning him.

    I hope Pacioretty makes a full recovery, and that during the offseason, some clarity and explanation are given to the standards by which suspensions and fines are handed down. In closing, consider that if the hit had occurred on the opposite side of the ice, there would have been no injury, no suspension, and maybe even no penalty. It was an unfortunate combination of a huge player and a small player, interacting at tremendous speed at the single most dangerous area of the ice.

  • Ralph Morton

    We have come as close as I care to, in seeing a young man die on national TV.
    If the NHL wont do anything about it perhaps the CRTC should hold the NHL responsible for the violence that are putting on the air.
    And then the lack of concern from the league that is supposed to be battling this exact type if incidents, have the nerve to sit there and tell us that that is the chances you take playing hockey. Are they the chances you want your son/grandson to take, is this really hockey?
    Or is this Boston flexing its political boardroom muscle and the rest bowing down .
    I am sure Bettman has a speech ready in his pocket for when someone gets killed on the ice.
    It will start of saying something like “That was horrific but thems the chances ya take in the NHL.