The Zdeno Chara(notes) hit on Max Pacioretty(notes), and the Montreal Canadiens forward's terrible injuries, have inspired Canadiens chairman and owner Geoff Molson to pen a letter to the fans regarding the NHL's decision not to suspend the Boston Bruins captain, and the leadership role he'd like to have for player safety.
From the Habs, sent to fans over email:
UPDATE: National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Don Fehr made the following statement Thursday. Don't worry kids: They've got the padding situation under control!
"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."
Guess when the NHL decides not to punish Chara, the NHLPA can punt on it, too.