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Premier, sponsor criticize NHL

Updated: March 11, 2011, 7:37 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Criticism of the NHL's handling of on-ice violence mounted Friday, with Quebec's premier and another major sponsor joining those who already have told the league that it needs to do more to protect its players.

The chorus of condemnation was sparked this week when Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens fractured a vertebra and sustained a concussion when he was checked into a padded stanchion supporting a glass partition by Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on Tuesday night.

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