Chara/By S. Bradley

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was on the ice for the start of Bruins practice today at Ristuccia Arena.

He reportedly had a phone hearing today with the NHL at noon about the hit he threw at Montreal’s Max Pacioretty last night.

Why the league doesn’t announce these things and instead allows its closest media members to “leak” this info is, and always will be, beyond me. But anyway, I’m sure we’ll hear a decision on Chara’s case sometime between now and the end of practice.

Chara is allowed to practice with the team regardless of his suspension status, as we saw earlier this season with Daniel Paille.