Air Canada Threatening to Pull NHL Sponsorship Due to Zdeno Chara’s Hit on Max Pacioretty


Air Canada Threatening to Pull NHL Sponsorship Due to Zdeno Chara's Hit on Max Pacioretty Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty is “disgusted” with the NHL for not suspending Zdeno Chara. So, too, is Air Canada.

According to the Ottawa Sun, the airline is so miffed that it is threatening to pull its sponsorship with the league … via “a strongly worded letter.”

“We are contacting you to voice our concern over [the] incident involving Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara at the Bell Centre in Montreal,” wrote Denis Vandal, Air Canada’s director of marketing and communication, the Sun reports. “This is following several other incidents involving career-threatening and life-threatening headshots in the NHL recently. From a corporate social responsibility standpoint, it is becoming increasingly difficult to associate our brand with sports events which could lead to serious and irresponsible accidents; action must be taken by the NHL before we are encountered with a fatality.

“Unless the NHL takes immediate action with serious suspension to the players in question to curtail these life-threatening injuries, Air Canada will withdraw its sponsorship of hockey.”

The NHL considers the matter closed.

“We referred them to our public statement,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told QMI Agency in an e-mail on Thursday, according to the Sun. “We have no intention of engaging with them further at this point.”

The airline’s stance is certainly an interesting one, as someone who needs to fly from Toronto to Vancouver probably wouldn’t think, “Does my airline support violent headshots in the NHL?” before boarding. The airline also is somewhat tied to the Air Canada Centre, where the Toronto Maple Leafs play their ice hockey.

But hey, at least Air Canada is sending out strongly worded letters. That’ll show ’em.

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Air Canada Threatening to Pull NHL Sponsorship Due to Zdeno Chara's Hit on Max Pacioretty

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I didn’t read this comment, but I’m so impressed with its length and depth, that I believe it deserves the spotlight.

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