Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara's fate is in the hands of a Canadian prosecutor, according to reports from Montreal. Police on Wednesday turned over results of their investigation into a March on-ice incident in which Chara left Montreal Canadians forward Max Pacioretty with a concussion and a broken vertebra.
According to Canada's QMI news agency, no decision on charging Chara is expected before November.
A decision on whether Chara gets charged likely won't be made before November, a Crown spokesperson said.
Police said they interviewed Chara in July and that he was cooperative.
Outcry over Pacioretty's injury spurred the investigation, fueled by a decision by NHL disciplinarians not to punish Chara. Quebec officials responded because the incident occurred during a game in Montreal.
The injury occurred when Chara checked Pacioretty into a stanchion next to a team bench. He received a five-minute interference major and a game misconduct. Critics contended the hit was intentional and malicious.
Pacioretty missed the remainder of the 2010-11 season. He is expected to return to action this fall. Pacioretty was disappointed by the league's failure to discipline Chara, but disagreed with decision for law enforcement to get involved.
Canadian prosecutor gets results on Zdeno Chara investigation
SportingNews.com | Aug 11