Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty suffered neck fracture and a severe concussion as result of a brutal headfirst collision with a divider after a check from Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara on Tuesday night.
Montreal coach Jacques Martin described Pacioretty’s neck injury Wednesday as a non-displaced fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae. Pacioretty appears to have avoided an injury to his spinal cord.
“Max will remain at the hospital for further observation,” Martin said in a statement. “There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max’s recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter.”
Pacioretty lay on the ice for several minutes, but was conscious and able to move his extremities as he was transported to the hospital. Here’s a link to our orginial story (with video) and another post on whether Chara, who was given an interference minor and ejected, should be suspended.
Chara had a confernce call with league officials earlier today, The Boston Globe reports.