The big news of the day is that, thankfully, the province of Quebec won’t be pressing criminal charges again Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara for his hit on Max Pacioretty last season.
The bizarre twist that they even might do such an absurd thing only came about after the League chose not to suspend Chara for his reckless play (“reckless” depends on your point of view, I suppose.). That fact sparked an uproar in Montreal that led to the investigation.
From the AP
The provincial prosecutors’ office said in a statement Thursday that it does not believe a court would find Chara guilty of a crime and it has closed the case.
It’s incredible to me that this dragged on as long as it did – the investigation only ended August 10th. How many people did they need to interview, how many angles on video did they need to look at before we arrived here?
And further, wouldn’t Colin Campbell and Whoever Else that weighed in on the final decision be the most likely humans to determine intent on a play like that? They watch those plays for a living, and they deemed it was just an unfortunate event that can potentially happen in a fast game.
The good news is, the police reach the reached the right answer in the end. There will be no “bake ‘im away, toys” moment for Montreal.