Quebec Police To Investigate Chara Hit

Prosecutor wants probe of hit by Bruins player

      QUEBEC CITY (AP) – A Quebec prosecutor wants police to
investigate the on-ice hit by Boston's Zdeno Chara that sent
Montreal's Max Pacioretty to the hospital with a fractured vertebra
and severe concussion.
      The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions Louis Dionne
made the request Thursday, a day after the NHL said it would not
suspend Chara. The recommendation has been sent to the provincial
government's Public Security Department.
      There has been strong debate this season over injuries from hits
to the head. Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby is among those sidelined
with such an injury.
      In a related matter, Air Canada has told the NHL it is
considering withdrawing its sponsorship unless the league tightens
rules to reduce potentially serious injuries.
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