A lot has been said about the Chara-Pacioretty incident. We’ve given our opinions of the hit, we’ve shown some disturbing images created by a Habs fan that was forwarded to us and talked about some of the antics of the side-show acts going up in Montreal. You’d think Boston nuked Montreal there’s so much hate raging up north — WWIII is upon us. And the classyness of some Montreal fans continued this morning with some folks making Bruins-Japan jokes.
Just wow. Bodies still floating on shore and this assclown’s cracking jokes. Truly disturbing.
In short, Montreal Canadiens fans are pissed. We get that. There’s a backlog of 911 calls to prove it. But it’s one thing to be pissed off at Zdeno Chara and another thing to take that anger and direct it at innocent people. And sadly, it seems like a lot of Habs fans don’t seem to know the difference.
We’ve gotten two emails over the past 48 hours — a thoughtful note from a Canadiens fan and one from a Bruins fan, both living in the Montreal area. We’re going to show both sides of the coin and hopefully some of these Montreal fires will be doused (pun only mildly meant).
We’re hoping that after this post we don’t have to do another Chara-Pacioretty post. It’s getting tiring and it’s like beating a dead horse. We’ve probably contributed to the horse beating, but we think these emails are important to put everything that’s gone on this week into context and in hope that people will chill the fuck out.
After the jump… their stories…
From Bruins fan Chris N., living in Montreal
So yeah, Basically it’s been rather difficult to be a Bruins fans here in Montreal ever since the Chara incident. It’s not really a continuous story, what’s happened, so I guess I’ll just bullet point it, make it simpler.
Listen, I’m not here to make a case about how they “ruined my special day with the Bruins”, and how “they all made my life terrible, but I mean COME ON. these pics were up way before the game, yeah I took a pic with him, is that because I KNOW that he’s gonna break a dude’s neck? NO, it’s because it’s Zdeno effing Chara, the captain of the Boston Bruins and defensive superstar. Is it because I took a pic with the Bruins captain that I automatically agree with what he did, and even took part in it, and that I think it’s cool that he broke a dude’s neck, like some guy’s comment was stating “Chris, he broke a guy’s neck….”.Yeah he did, doesn’t mean that 4 hours before the incident, I didn’t really like him and want his pic + autograph.
A final though… you know the worst thing to come out of all of this for me is? My warmest scarf is a Bruins scarf, but since I can’t really wear any Bruins merch for the time being, I am not freezing the the cold and rainy Mtl rain. There, screw you montrealers.
From Jay S., Habs fan in Montreal
I believe the article was written by Mr. Jon so if there is any way he could read this, I would appreciate it.
Sir, I’m speaking to you as a fan of hockey and not a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, I agree with you in most parts. Zdeno Chara is not a dirty player. When he receives boos in Montreal, he should think of it as a compliment because he is just that good of a player and we would love to have such a physical specimen such as himself on our team. It was an accident gone terribly wrong. Involving the police is completely out of line, I agree wholeheartedly. How it started though, if I recall correctly, was with a radio commentator urging his listeners to file complaints to the police. Most of the complaints were filed multiple times by the same person. It honestly is a shame, considering the majority of the people here are very kind people and have no ill thoughts towards Boston, its players or the Bruins organization. For us, our number one priority is the well-being of Max Pacioretty and it’s a great feeling to know that he’s started to walk again.
I just don’t want you to get a bad idea of the city of Montreal and its citizens. There will always be stupid people wherever you go. All they like to do is stir the pot. One day, they chirp Carey Price. The other day, they call him “Jesus Price”. But I can tell you from experience that at the Bell Center, the boos are quickly silenced with GOOD PEOPLE showing their disbeliefs towards the idiots. I have been living in Montreal for 20 years. Well, I was born here. And you can classify me as being part of a minority. Never have I witnessed a classless act from these people. It’s just unfortunate this side of Montreal is being shown because if you were here, you would see that most people are sending their best wishes to Max and hoping that we can move on from this incident.
Just one thing, the riots you and everyone witnessed during the playoffs were actually triggered by a gang full of thugs here in Montreal. They used the playoff series victory as a means to loot stores. If you read reports about it, they have criminals caught on tape relating to other robberies and vandalism. Just putting it out there.
If you go on the Canadiens webpage, many wrote heartfelt messages to him and many also said they want the issue to be put aside. We do not hate the Bruins. We do not hate the players. And we certainly are not classless people, sir.
I know me telling you that will not change your mind but I hope you do reconsider it one of these days and I hope you can overlook the idiots that are trying to make us look bad. Thank you and I hope I did not offend you in any way. If you do get the time and if you do get this message, I hope to hear from you.
There you have it. Two emails. One from a Bruins fan and the other from a Habs fan.
We’re hoping cooler heads prevail before something really dumb happens. It’s just a hockey game. Bruins fans didn’t check Pac into the turnbuckle and don’t deserve death threats. No one should have to worry about literaly getting jumped because of a team jersey. It’s a sports team, not a gang. Bruins-Habs insn’t the Crips and Bloods. At the same time, not all Habs fans are batshit insane and we’re hoping that Bruins fans will show more class when the Habs are in town in a few weeks.