In a predictable turn of events the NHL came down with a strong position on the dangerous hit that left Max Pacioretty with a severe concussion and a broken C4 vertebrae.
“After a thorough review of the video I can find no basis to impose supplemental discipline. This hit resulted from a play that evolved and then happened very quickly — with both players skating in the same direction and with Chara attempting to angle his opponent into the boards. I could not find any evidence to suggest that, beyond this being a correct call for interference, that Chara targeted the head of his opponent, left his feet or delivered the check in any other manner that could be deemed to be dangerous.
“This was a hockey play that resulted in an injury because of the player colliding with the stanchion and then the ice surface. In reviewing this play, I also took into consideration that Chara has not been involved in a supplemental discipline incident during his 13-year NHL career.” – Mike Murphy, NHL
“The hockey play”. 3 words that can be used to explain anything that happens on the ice. Explaining the play does what? Why not try to eliminate dangerous plays.
There is absolutely no mention if Pacioretty could defend himself in anyway in this hit. League didn’t speak to him. Nothing. NHL Law.
Nothing in terms of any concern that a hit is possibly thrown on a player in vulnerable position.
There seems to be a bit of a difference between “NHL rules” and “society rules” however.
Somehow, in society, if you’re driving your car…. which is something alot of us tend to do from time to time…. if you drive to fast or recklessly… and happen to accidentally drive into a crowd of people or a pedestrian walking…. you’ll likely get charged with dangerous driving, careless driving…. whatever the charge.
But gosh, you didn’t mean to. Why was the pedestrian there?
Well, in society (and I’m sorry if the analogy isn’t 100% in line with NHL punitive system), we try to have people be responsible for their actions… even if they did not mean to “directly” cause harm in some way.
This blog article is not about Chara, I’ve been sickened by the list of serious injuries and the lack of accountability on players in so many cases. There is no clear line…. and seemingly no line or stand by the NHL or NHLPA to take these hits out of the league. Ultimately, it has little to do with a player’s intent. There has to be a strong position by this league and NHLPA to protect the players.
Another concerning part about the NHL’s punitive process… they speak to the aggressor but they don’t even speak with the victim. That is an “investigation”? Brilliant.
Time for change
And so many “experts” are pretty much saying…. “blame the post“. Are you serious? That is not a very intelligent stand. I don’t think you guys could become lawyers with that defense.
This is a sport and these are life threatening injuries. Enough.