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Montreal police complete Chara investigation

Montreal police have concluded their investigation into Bruins captain Zdeno Chara’s controversial hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty on March 8 and forwarded their report to Crown prosecutors. It is now their decision whether to prosecute Chara.

Amid public outcry from Canadiens and NHL fans in Montreal after Chara was not suspended by the NHL for the hit that left Pacioretty with a cracked vertebrae and concussion, the police launched an investigation in March and just recently questioned Chara.

Pacioretty, who criticized the NHL for not punishing Chara, did go on record later as saying he disagreed with the law getting involved in the matter. Pacioretty is expected to play in the 2011-12 season.