Re: Montreal Police hand Chara file to Prosecutor to decide on any charges
posted at 8/12/2011 10:58 AM EDT
The facts and nothing but the facts. And what can you conclude?
Was there noteworthy hostility between the players in previous games?
Was there noteworthy hostility between the players during that particular game?
Did Chara have motive?
Is it possible that one player could intentionally ride another into the stanchion?
Have there been other incidents where one player intentionally
injurred another by riding the other player into the stanchion?
No (none that I could find)Note:
A stanchion of one kind or another has been in existence since at least 1899 per my research. Check this early photo of a rink in Montreal, the posts that support the roof also support the side boards, there are 14 posts.http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2009/6/20/919690/a-history-of-the-montrealNote:
Hockey has had a lot of violence since its earliest history. Before they had full size boards players would inevidibly fall into the crowd and visiting team players were often roughed up before being returned to the ice. And stick swinging incidents have been recorded from very early in hockey history.
112 years of hockey and there is no history of a tactic of intentionally ramming other players into the stanchions in order to cause injury. In contrast the tactic of intentionally using the boards to injure a player is well known as "boarding" and has been a penalty practically since full size boards became standard.Note:
Many retired players have 'confessed' their 'dirty tricks'. For example Johnny Bower admitted to intentionally tripping players with his goalie stick and making it look accidental. Players have admitted they intentionally hit maskless goalies in the face or speared or butt ended. No player to my knowledge has ever admitted that they intnetionally would ride players into the stanchions.
Could Chara have premeditated this particular action previous to the game?
Could Chara have premeditated this particular action in the instant before the hit?
Did Chara intend to injure Max Pac?
Can Chara's intent be proven?
Were Chara's action CERTAIN to cause Max Pac an injury?
There are hundreds of examples of players being ridden into the stanchion and colliding violently with no grievous injury done.
Did Chara have other opportunities to injure Max Pac?
Did Chara make physical contact with Max at other times in the game?
When Chara made physical contact with Max at other points in the game, were they overly aggressive or unusual in any way?
Are there unintended and incidental injuries in hockey?