So this is what its all about. The Montreal Canadiens and their fans. Its not about what happens in a hockey game. Its not about the discretion of the discipline bosses in the NHL. Its all about what happens to the players that wear the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge.
Well, not really or better yet, not at all!
Just because a Habs player was in a serious collision with a Bruins player and the stanchion in the Bell Centre, everyone in the Country to the North has their panties in a bunch!
Air Canada has threatened to pull all of their NHL advertising dollars if the league doesn’t do something “serious” and “immediate” about head hits. Even better, Montreal authorities have opened an investigation into the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty after a request by Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions, Louis Dionne.
As my Friend Big K said a few weeks ago; “Can’t we all just play hockey!”
Really, this is getting a bit ridiculous. The two players were racing for the puck near the player benches, the six-foot-nine Chara checked the six-foot-two Pacioretty into the boards and the young Hab slammed into a stanchion supporting the glass.
Pacioretty and a host of Quebecois seem to think that it was a deliberate attempt to injure. That Chara had the time, thought process and wherewithall to do this heinous deed.
The National Hockey League didn’t think so, a lot of other level-headed people including yours truly didn’t think so. However, the hockey Xenophobes in Quebec know its true because it happened to a Canadien player and it was perpetrated by the dastardly Boston Bruins. And now to pacify the masses the Bruins large defenceman is on Canada’s 10 most wanted list!
Canadiens and their fans should stop all the whining every time one of their players get hurt or injured. It WAS a hockey play and the rinks are built that way. This stuff happens.
The Canadian media and Parliament wanted the NHL to send a message. What message was there to send? Get rid of the stanchions in NHL Rinks? Get rid of body checking? Oh, I see they wanted Chara’s head on a platter!
Things happen in a hockey game. Not all are good.
Pacioretty on Mark Eaton of the New York Islanders….Bad.
Dave Forbes on Henry Boucha…. Bad.
Marty Mcsorley on Donald Brashear…….bad.
Maxime LaPierre disgusting hit on Scott Nichol….Bad.
Wayne Maki on Ted Green….. Bad.
Rick Judzio on Marc Tardiff…. Very bad.
Chara… A hard hit in a hockey game.
The thought of trying to have a Bruins player arrested in a regular season game…please. Air Canada…please.
Thank you Gary Bettman. I rarely agree with most decisions you make, see Phoenix Coyotes, but your response to the airlines threat was right on!
Its time for all concerned to get back to playing hockey and move on. Go Bs and Go Blues!