The NHLPA weighs in on the Pacioretty incident

Here’s a statement from the NHLPA about the Max Pacioretty incident. Kind of makes you wonder.

TORONTO – National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr made the following statement today:

“Player safety has always been, and continues to be, a great concern to the Players’ Association. In that regard, issues involving the boards and glass in NHL arenas have been a longstanding focus for the players. The serious nature of the injury suffered by Max Pacioretty in Montreal this week reinforces the importance of maximizing the safety in this area and highlights the need to look further into the matter. We will be inspecting the rink in Montreal, and elsewhere as needed, to make sure the appropriate padding is in place. We will continue to gather feedback from the membership, to ensure the safest possible work environment for our players.”


  1. Nahlsy says:

    Or steroids in baseball or Bertuzzi’s attack on Moore in Colorado, or….

  2. LA Loyalist says:

    Sure it can. Foul play. And the design can be improved for the future. Just like cars are improved continuously.

    I have a 1980 911, and a 2001 911. The ’01 is a thousand times safer than the 1980. Same principal.

    Have the stanchion break if it is hit by a force over “X”. Angle it, as guys have suggested. Both. Continuous improvement.

  3. hablifting says:


    So ridiculous.  So these are all secret Ninja attacks?  Subterfuge and smoke bombs.  Really?

    That photo is garbage.  All it does is tell 1/100000 of the story.  Completely taken out of context of the actual hit.  I’m blown away that supposedly intelligent people are using that as some sort of proof.

    Man.  Good stuff.

  4. Laramy87 says:

    Off from the topic, but what is the site where you can watch the habs game online?

  5. The Cat says:

    That was a rather undiplomatic answer by bettman.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  6. Duracell3 says:

    Put all the padding you want on a brick wall and clothes-line yourself on it running 30mph and tell me how it feels.

  7. Mr.Hazard says:

    Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. OMG. This is despicable.

  8. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    So I suppose the next time a player pushes another player from behind into the boards, it’s the boards fault?

  9. gerrymjrb says:

    NHLPA should be protecting its members. Its a Union. Thats what unions do. 

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well they there Danno, Donald Fehr’s not used to standing up for players when it’s about covering up their steroid abuse. This is new to him! Only makes sense he’d have trouble tapping into something like a sense of decency or morals he doesn’t have.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  11. Kilgore Trout says:

    tweet from DownGoesBrown:

    Breaking- The NHLPA has released the results of its inspection of the stanchion in Montreal: “This thing is wicked dented! OK, case closed.”!/DownGoesBrown/status/45974772860989440


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  14. Danno says:

    Bettman you continue to amaze us. There can be no bigger anus on the face of the planet.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Those stanchions should be ANGLED.

    If you hit something that is on an angle, even a slight one, it distributes the force over a larger area and makes the impact less severe. I don’t know why they haven’t thought of that.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. christophor says:

    One or the other, it can’t be both poor design and foul play. 


  17. Danno says:

    Great avatar Props!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  18. gmd says:

    Ridiculous.  This is their stand?  So basically the players aren’t responsible for their actions.  Betteman is a joke and so is the NHLPA.

  19. observer says:

    NEVER HAPPENED WHEN BENCHS ON OPPOSITE SIDES. No turnbuckles in arenas except for pro wrestling.

  20. Nahlsy says:

    I’m just playing. I did mention it earlier of course, but I was basically just agreeing with you. The kid seems to heal like Wolverine and since he played for Michigan it’s a natural fit.

    Let’s hope the Wolverine comes back at 100% and has a long and healthy career

  21. pmaraw says:

    oh good, chara is happy about the decision.

  22. CBrady12 says:

    yeah I agree… I was actually thinking about it last night. First  you take the glass in between the benches out. Not all rinks have them and I don’t really know what purpose it serves. Then the two end of the bench, you angle the glass out so that you dont have to run into a steel post.

  23. thebonscott says:

    It seems like the way to get away with an illegal dirty hit is to look nonchalant about it, hit the player while looking away, as if it was an accident. Avoid gnashing your teeth and looking angry, if you notice steckel’s hit on crosby it was a sort of oops sorry my elbow got in the way as he passed by me. And on the photo with chara and maxpac, you can see that chara is looking straight ahead, mainly because well he doesn’t want to see the invitable decapatation. So the same logic can be applied where u could push someone in front of a car, just look away when u do it and then play innocent, and see if the courts find u guilty or not.

  24. mjames says:

    Is the the Molson arena the only one with that configuration/ construction? Aside from the fans why is it that no one, including Molson,  mentions the fact that Chara had his hand on the back of Pac’ head. Why is that? 


  25. CharlottetownHabbies says:

    Here’s and easy fix then.  Glass the bastard in, blow the whistle every 45 seconds to allow line changes and have at it…..

  26. Lafrich says:

    I think the issue is with the ice. It is too damn cold and slippery. It makes the players go too fast. Is there nothing we can do about this?

  27. Danno says:



    You have to understand it’s not Chara’s fault – it’s the rink that almost killed Pacioretti.

    With that kind of two-bit lawyer’s defence you could have every murderer just blame the gun for the unfortunate deaths of the victims.

    Donald Fehr is a fink and a disgrace.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  28. Laramy87 says:

    So listening to the Bill Watters show on the way home tonight, i have a new hatred for Bill Watters and a new found respect for Pierre MaGuire.

    First off Watters goes on today to say the play didn’t even warrant a penalty let along a suspension. Then proceeds to say the ejection was needed. WTF? That makes no sense. You cant not call a penalty and then kick a guy out of the game for it. What a moron. He was like getting mad at everything surrounding the incident almost saying enough is enough. Well F**K you Watters, if this were a leaf with a broken neck and severe concussion, you would be calling for the leagues head if there were no suspension.

    Secondly, Pierre MAguire was a guest and disagree with the leagues lack of suspension (to the shock of Hayes and Watters) and also said there was intent and Chara should have been gone. Needless to say i was a bit shocked as well, but he went into details and like i said new found respect.

    Good news about MaxPac, hopefully he recovers quick, but dont come back until you are 110%.


  29. jew4jah says:

    i was thinking it was also too hard.  they should warm it up a bit to soften it.

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    The problem is it’s violence of one union member on another and Zdeno Chara has influence and seniority. So he’s in the more powerful position. Seniority wins in the union, nothing else matters.

    NHLPA is not helping the players.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  31. drivefor25 says:

    Can”t really agree with that headline about the NHLPA weighing in on the Chara incident. Tippy-toeing in maybe, God forbid they should take an actual stand on player safety!

    Fan since ’71

  32. Miltie01 says:

    How many unions have you been apart of ?

  33. pmaraw says:

    guess we really can start calling him ‘the wolverine’

  34. Danno says:

    Good news. Patches released from hospital and on his way home!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  35. novahab says:

    First I want to apologize to Mr. Molson and I do that by opening up one. I said some nasty things sir but you stood up and proved me wrong. Its now the NHL world against the Canadiens and we all know now how Mario felt a few weeks ago. Mario warn us about this crap and we all took shots at him. Bettman is completely out of control he now craping on Air Canada . On Bob’s show today that idoit Cox said Air Canada sign won’t come down from the ACC I hope he wrong. Years ago the Canadiens save the NHL from its self beatting the Bullies from Philly and putting grace back into the game. Its time the Canadiens do it again, Bettman whats the WWF and that its in a nut shelll.

  36. Timo says:

    NHLPA exists for one reason only – to help players to get bigger salaries so that the union can get a bigger slice of a pie. Everything else is secondary.

  37. Nahlsy says:

    Fuel on the fire:

    Scott Burnside (who pretends to be a hockey expert) had the following to say on EPSN

    Burnside: I understand the passion for the game in Montreal and across the province and the country. And I understand that fan loyalty often leads to blindness when it comes to making rational judgment. But what galls me is that politicians and civil servants and even airline officials want to horn in on the reflected limelight from what was a terrible incident. This has no business in a criminal court. And for a company like Air Canada, which has reportedly threatened its sponsorship over the NHL’s ruling, those involved should be ashamed of themselves. ********In many ways, it merely reinforces the notion that Canada is a small, backwards little country with an unnatural affection for a game.***********

    Burnside: Well my friend, it’s clear the Zdeno Chara/Max Pacioretty situation isn’t going to go away easily. With the NHL ruling that Chara would not be fined or suspended, many, especially north of the border, are enraged that Chara has escaped unscathed. In a typically Canadian reaction, or certainly typically Quebec reaction, Montreal police are looking into the hit that left Pacioretty with a severe concussion and cracked vertebrae. This comes from senior civil servants who demanded the issue be examined with an eye to possible criminal charges being filed. Forgive me, but what a joke. No unsolved murders, assaults or break-ins in Montreal that they can spend time and taxpayer dollars to investigate whether a hockey player has run afoul for an on-ice play?

    Feel free to let ESPN know what you think of their employing this piece of spit

  38. hablifting says:

    Clearly the arena and it’s configuration must have some part of the blame in this situation despite the all the howling.

    My take. 

    Chara interferes (aka breaks of the rules) and Pax is hurt.  This is EASY.  5-10 games.

    I absolutely do not believe that Chara was “steering” his head into that stanchion, that theory is not only unprovable, it is down right stupid.

    The arena NEEDS to place some sort of rounded or beveled glass at that section that would act to deflect an incomming player rather then stop them like a clothesline.  The fact that this has been left so long and nobody has ever been badly hurt is more luck then anything.

    Finally if Chara supposedly knew that the stanchion was comming, then so did Max Pac.  He could have bailed.  I believe he put his safety into the hands of another (Chara) and that was a mistake.  You should always do your best to protect yourself.  After all.  It’s not Chara that may have his career ended here.

    Hopefully Max is back 100%.  Hopefully Chara saves a family from a burning house one day.  Finally, hopefully we can eventually get back to talking about whats good in hockey.

  39. observer says:

    good photo of the beady eyed money grabber bernie madoff i mean gary bettman on  tsn site right now. — c/p —-

    As for Air Canada threatening to pull its sponsorship over such injuries, Bettman says the league can find other carriers if the airline doesn’t want its business.

    “Air Canada is a great brand, as is the National Hockey League, and if they decide they need to do other things with their sponsorship dollars that’s their prerogative, just like it’s the prerogative of our clubs that fly on Air Canada to make other arrangements if they don’t think Air Canada is giving them the appropriate level of service.”——————— like canada needs him! chelios was right about HIM!

  40. Nahlsy says:

    I call dibs on the naming rights, I said it earlier today 🙂

    I know I like it more than Patches, and the link to playing for Michigan doesn’t hurt either.

  41. Propwash says:

    Lip service.

    That is all.

  42. observer says:

    WAKEY WAKEY! The arenas are configered that way with these turnbuckles because bettman made them put both benchs on the same side of the rink like basketball does. BENCHES WERE ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE RINK EVERYWHERE IN THE LEAGUE. THIS IS ANOTHER OF THAT DWARF THAT SHYSTERS STUPID MOVES IN CHANGING A GREAT GAME.

  43. Miltie01 says:

    Give this guy a cookie…..he has it right !!!


  44. Propwash says:

    Thanks Danno! My friend emailed me the pic, I hadta use it.

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    But what galls me is that politicians and civil servants and even airline officials want to horn in on the reflected limelight from what was a terrible incident.

    No – they are not trying to “horn in on  the reflected limelight”. They are outraged and disgusted. This is how civil society works. When injustice is seen people speak up.

    Just like in the US, where many Americans have voiced their outrage over the torture and indefnite detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Oh … never mind.



  46. dean roberts says:

    whats the reward? bus fare will be sufficient

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