Pacioretty on-ice hit to be investigated by police

CBC News

Montreal police will conduct a criminal investigation into the on-ice hit that sent Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty to hospital with a broken vertebra and concussion.

The announcement Thursday follows a request by Quebec’s top prosecutor, Louis Dionne, to open a probe after viewing video of Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre.

Dionne has asked police to begin gathering evidence to help prosecutors determine if charges should be laid against Zdeno Chara, the Bruins defenceman who rode Pacioretty into the boards.

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