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Bertuzzi-Moore trial scheduled to begin next September

Oct 22, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

Bertuzzi Moore

More than 10 years after one of the ugliest on-ice incidents in NHL history, Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are scheduled to meet in court.

Moore’s civil suit against Bertuzzi will begin on Sept. 8, 2014, according to CBC. It’s a date that’s been a long time in the making — last July, an original Sept. 24, 2012 date was pushed to January 2013, only for that date to be pushed again when Moore’s lawyer, Tim Danson, learned of a “secret deal” between Bertuzzi and Orca Bay, the former Vancouver Canucks ownership group.

Here’s more, from CBC:

Bertuzzi and Orca Bay lost an appeal to keep secret the details of an agreement that shares costs between them should they lose the lawsuit brought against them by Moore.

Moore’s lawyer, Tim Danson, learned of the agreement earlier in 2012 and won a decision to have it released to him, but not for public disclosure.

Moore, a member of the Colorado Avalanche at the time of the incident, never played another NHL game following the Bertuzzi attack.

Moore suffered three fractured neck vertebrae and a concussion, and is reportedly seeking $38 million in damages.

In February of 2012, Bertuzzi signed a two-year, $4.15 million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings, a deal that bumped his career earnings to nearly $38 million.

It’s worth noting the Bertuzzi-Moore incident might not actually get to trial, but rather be settled out of court prior to next September.

  1. sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised at all if this never made it to court. Bertuzzi had already been charged with assault due to the attack, and the only reason he got discharged from any prison time was because he plea bargained.

    • avfanforlife - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      that was criminal – this is civil… It’s about time! Hope they pay Moore big time!

      • kaptaanamerica - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:10 AM

        Bertuzzi acted alone, no one with the Canucks organization endorsed, condoned our in any way supported his actions. The coach was trying to call him off the ice before any of this happened.also, what exactly was the classless AVs organization doing putting moore out on the ice repeatedly in the waning moments of the game?

        The avalanche and bertuzzi are responsible for what happened.the Canucks had nothing to do with it.

    • c9castine - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      been a while since ive seen that incident. i forget just how disgusting and despicable and dirty and cowardly it was. i can see why moore is suing for the money….seems pretty wrong that he be allowed to go on and make money in his chosen profession and moore is just left with a busted neck a concussion and in need of a new direction in life. i dont care if he was a 4th liner or a 1st liner he had a lucrative career ahead of him.

  2. titansbro - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Would love to see this in court. I mean, open & shut right? How have they not settled this yet? It was a blatant, dirty, disgusting, cheap shot that ended Moore’s career. Bertuzzi should have to fork over half of all money made since then & Vancouver should have to natch it. Lost career, stress, pain, suffering. All of those equals huge punitive damages on top.

  3. deezenucks - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Moore shoulda just dropped the mitts when he was challenged after the Nasland hit. Instead he’s milking this for all it’s worth since he’s a forth line plug at best and never woulda made much coin otherwise.

    • sabatimus - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Hey, when your livelihood (along with several key portions of your body) is violently destroyed by someone else, “milking” it doesn’t apply.

    • govtminion - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      I know it’s supposed to be fun to troll people on the internet, and I really should just let you do it, but… you sound like an idiot, dude.

    • williplett - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Moore DID drop the gloves, but the Nucks of that era were a bitter and cheap group. That fight-and “The Code”-meant nothing to Bertuzzi the Nucks organization because they were dead set on getting revenge. Remember: Bertuzzi did this late in a blowout loss and Naslund ended up missing only three games because of that Moore hit.

      Bertuzzi’s cheap shot is one of the most painfully obvious examples of classless and unsportsmanlike behavior in NHL history and he and the Canucks organization deserve every bit of the fallout that resulted from it.

    • mcphillthy - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Dees- congratulations on being the biggest piece of crap, second only to bertuzzi. Moore never got to enjoy his life the same way as he did before the hit. I don’t even have to explain the incident. I just want you to know how big of an Asshole you are for even implying that Moore doesn’t deserve EVERYTHING bertuzzi has. Damn it I wish I could punch you in your mouth.

      • dilligaf101 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        Then Moore shouldn’t have been such a douche! See what happens when your a cheap, dirty, wuss!

      • mcphillthy - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

        You’re just a disgusting human being. No joke. You should have been a face shot…instead…here you are…

      • dilligaf101 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        Haha, I should have been a face shot?!?! How stupid are you??? Haha, ooops… I guess you have already answered that one by your previous comments! It’s very obvious that you have never laced up skates before (well, maybe at a super ankle bender level…) so don’t bother commenting on things you know absolutely nothing about!

    • micasa81 - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      You are an embarrassment to Canuck fans, trying to justify one of the most horrific incidents ever to occur in the nhl because the dude failed to honor some code-that-nobody-agrees-on.

  4. cswalker21 - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Geez, talk about your speedy justice.

  5. raiderssuckballz - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Bertuzzi is a dirty clown just like all Red Wings!!

    • bennywuh - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      As a die-hard Wings fan, I boo Bert every time he touches the puck. He has no right wearing that sweater (or any other).

  6. avfanforlife - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    @ deezenuks : He did idiot. He fought Cooke. (And this happened TWO games later after the Naslund hit because the chicken$Ht Canucks wanted to wait til they were back home instead of in Denver)… then Bertuzzi went after him. Hopefully justice will finally be served and Bertuz and the Canucks pay Moore MILLIONS!!!

  7. skr213 - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I would say “Bertuzzi shouldn’t even be in the league,” but hopefully he’ll have to pay so much money that all this time in the league will actually end up helping Moore. If Bertuzzi got a lifetime ban back then, Moore wouldn’t have any money to go after. And make no mistake, Moore deserves some $$$ from Bertuzzi.

  8. stakex - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Moore will end up getting a settlement before the trail ever starts, probably for something like $5 million. He has a compelling case, and it certainly can be argued that he deserves more… but a loss at trial would mean nothing. Some might find it hard to believe, but this is hardly a slam dunk case, so if a deal can be made it probably will be.

  9. DonkeyStick - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:54 PM


  10. deezenucks - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Lol at all you white knights, doesn’t change the fact he was still out there acting like an idiot himself. The Avs put a guy who they wouldn’t miss in a situation where he’s taking cheap shots on the Canucks best player. Look I don’t advocate going out and ruining someone’s life but, but it stands to reason this guys is in position to make more off this then he woulda in his entire career. Any comeback attempt would ruin his leverage.

    • DonkeyStick - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      I have no idea what you’re attempting to say after “Look”.

  11. mikemaric - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Courts have no place in the world of sports. The League should dish out punishment. It is not the “real world”. There have been uglier incidents than this that didn’t have a $38 million dollar lawsuit. Hey why stop there? Why not $100 billion dollars?

    • DonkeyStick - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      You’re right….when Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and company ran into the stands punching, kicking, elbowing fans in Detroit for no reason the courts had no right to get involved because that’s not “the real world” right?

      • dku5 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        One player hitting another from behind does not compare at all to 3 or more players rushing into the stands to attack fans. I am not sure where you find a remote similarity between these two situations, but they aren’t even the same sport or results. How did you compare More to NBA FANS?????

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        Dissimilar situations.

    • dku5 - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      I agree it is a slippery slope; however it’s more of a case by case basis. hockey is a very physical and emotional sport that permits rough contacts including fighting. it would be very difficult to determine which contact crosses the jurisdictional threshold the league to legal.

      • Anoesis - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        The definition of a fight is two combatants facing each other and swinging their fists. The definition of what Bertuzzi did is rightfully called assault and battery. I would have to say that sucker-punching another player from behind and then riding his already unconscious body to the ice would not be considered a part of the game of hockey in any sane observer’s opinion.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:07 AM

        I enjoy your legal analysis, care to enlighten us when the assault and when the battery occurred?

    • joey4id - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Can the courts get involved If a players dies following careless and negligent behaviou? i.e. stick swinimg battle a la Maki vs Green

    • Anoesis - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      The game ends and becomes the real world when you go so far outside the bounds of fair play that your actions look no different than that of a thug attacking someone in a dark alley.

      Going into the stands to fight fans is not very different from sucker punching another player from behind. Both are way outside the rules of the game being played and both should, and are, subject to the statutes applied to any other criminal act.

  12. mikemaric - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Fans did not implicitly accept that when they bought a ticket. Bad example. Should every player that gets his knee blown out by an illegal chop block sue? How about a check from behind? Slippery slope. The sucker punch was brutal and got a huge suspension. Getting lawyers involved makes me even sicker.

    • DonkeyStick - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      So you’re suggesting that when Marty McSorley stuck Donald Brashear in the head with a WEAPON and knocked him out cold and lets just say Brashear died…….the courts should not get involved? Donald Brashear did not “implicitly accept” that either.

      • dku5 - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        what mcsorley did was horrible without you making things up. Try to stay with the facts and not hypothetical stories from lifetime for women

  13. earpaniac - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I had no idea this was still going on. I just assumed it was settled already. Having dealt with my own case from an accident that has gone on 7 years, I can believe it. And mine is nothing like $38 million. It was a bad thing all around. I know Bertuzzi wanted to get “revenge” but didn’t probably mean to do the damage that he ended up causing, but the fact is he did do that much damage. I hope Moore gets what he deserves, then the entire incident can just go away. It did then and does now make hockey look bad.

  14. mikemaric - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    The Brashear incident is one that was worse and had no lawsuit involved. The criminal courts should decide if jail time would be warranted. Compensation to the estate (in your hypothetical) should come from league insurance, worker’s comp or a league fund. If you suggest lawsuits are the way to go where do you draw the line?

  15. proudliberal85392 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    deezenucks, tell me you’re joking and not a giant douche nozzle.

  16. blomfeld - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Remember it like it was yesterday …

    Though the act itself was barbaric and despicable, the image which will never leave me is that of Bertuzzi twenty-four hours later ‘tearfully’ apologizing for his heinous actions to the local media, replete in his expensive, Italian-made ‘pin-striped’ suit. People should know that immediately after that game, much was made here in Vancouver about the ‘upsetting’ display of violence by a hometown hockey hero in front of so many ‘young’ adoring fans … how were parents going to explain the sheer ‘ugliness’ of what had just happened to little Johnny & Jane ? In many ways, the Canucks as an ‘entity’ were very fortunate that the following season was quashed. Yet here we are now a decade on and this travesty still hasn’t been resolved ? Truly unbelievable when you think about it. Nonetheless, my personal hope is that justice is now finally served and that those who are guilty are brought under the ‘heels of vengeance’ in no uncertain terms.

  17. hockeyflow33 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    I always enjoy reading legal opinions from people who can barely put together a complete sentence.

  18. dilligaf101 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Hahaha, awesome hit! Moore is a punk

  19. charlieconway96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Normally I’d like to leave to courts out of all sports, seeing as many are physical and violent in nature. But seeing this again made me remember how ugly it was, can’t believe Bertuzzi is still playing. Imagine one of your buddies getting jumped like this outside of your local bar…

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