Zack Kassian accident shows 'a lack of character,' says Canadiens GM


Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin didn’t mince words when talking about forward Zack Kassian, and the car accident that will sideline him for an undetermined amount of time.

Meeting with the media on Monday, Bergevin revealed that Kassian broke his nose and left foot in a Sunday morning accident.

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"I'm a firm believer in character, and that's a lack of character on his part," Bergevin said. "I do not have all the information, but it is disappointing to say the least.”

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a truck that crashed into a tree around 6 a.m. ET on Sunday. Kassian, who was in the vehicle with two other passengers, was found "bloodied and dazed."

Bergevin, who has yet to speak to Kassian, said that he was aware of the forward's reputation for late nights and that he’s been spoken to in the past by GMs on his previous teams.

"Perfection is not a part of this world but if mistakes keep happening then maybe there's a pattern here,” Bergevin said.

The Canadiens dealt for the 24-year old Kassian in July as part of a trade that sent Brandon Prust and a 2016 fifth-rounder to the Vancouver Canucks. Kassian has one year left on his current contract before he would become a restricted free agent.

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