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Steve Moore launches concussion-prevention foundation

Dec 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Former Colorado forward Steve Moore has founded an eponymous foundation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of concussions in sport.

The Steve Moore Foundation, launched Wednesday, is a charity focused on “doing everything possible to avoid preventable concussions and similar serious head and neck injuries in sport, and in helping those suffering from such injuries by developing effective treatments.”

In 2004, Moore had his career ended after a violent on-ice attack from then-Vancouver forward Todd Bertuzzi. Moore suffered three fractured vertebrae and a concussion, the latter of which plagues him to this day.

“Steve is still in rehabilitation,” Moore’s attorney, Tim Danson, told the Denver Post in October. “He’s being treated for his injuries. It’s been a very, very difficult 10 years. It’s been very frustrating. There you are, having your career ended in your (official) rookie year and your source of income is cut off and you sustain serious injuries.”

Moore has gone the legal route and is seeking $38 million in damages via a civil suit against Bertuzzi, which 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 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.

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. bencia823 - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    so the foundation is “dedicated to the prevention and treatment of concussions in sport”. What does this mean his foundation is actually doing? Hiring scientists to invent safer gear? Traveling around the country to speak to people?

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      The mission statement from the foundation’s website:

      “Since the medical community does not yet have significant widely-accepted treatment options other than rest, our focus is on researching and discovering cures and effective treatments for these injuries. We aim to do this by bringing together world-leading doctors, and creating opportunities for collaboration and sharing of their ideas and research to solve this major problem.

      We also seek to educate the next generation of athletes about concussions and respecting their own bodies as well as one another.”

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Honestly???? Someone thumbed down the mission statement????

        freakin’ troll :(

  2. hockeydon10 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I’m curious.

    I thought he was cleared to play and was offered a contract but turned it down.

    • willrad00 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      He was offered a minor league deal from the ducks so he would still have a source of income while he was recovering but turned it down. And he still cant work out or skate to this day due to post-concussion syndrome.

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    moore’s unfortunate circumstances and honourable intentions aside, why now…?

    this is not to imply otherwise, but i’d like to see the extent to which moore mitigated losses in the intervening years, through effort at educational or vocational rehabilitation generally…

    ted green returned to hockey, and won a cup with oilers if i’m not mistaken…steve moore…?

    i’m sure bertuzzi’s camp expects detailed summary of moore’s effort at mitigation, ditto the nhl in the concussion lawsuits…failure at mitigation reduces damage claims in proportion, while skewing opinion of judge, jury or arbitrator to further degree

    and, i’m cynical about a thirty eight million dollar damage claim by an unproven rookie defensemen in a position with a short shelf-life and generally lower pay scale…this coming from an earnings base established in 2004

    while we grieve for people in moore’s circumstance, mitigation can be argued in other ways including accepted risk implicit in hockey, and contributory causes leading to the damaging event under debate…what fractions separated markus naslund from moore’s fate i would ask…had moore accepted conditions prevailing in the so-called code, would any damage have resulted –the newly minted orpik protocol

    i’m also cynical about intent and purpose in establishing an eleventh hour foundation, presuming meaningful impact in a long established world of science and medical research stretched-bare in seeking support and funding, this while perception of effort at meaningful mitigation is everything

    why now, ten years after the fact…?

    i wish steve moore the best, but my money will continue going to the terry fox, a true victim and true hero…

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Why now?

      Quoting from The Denver Post story:

      “The foundation actually was legally formed in 2010, but Wednesday’s announcement was its official unveiling after several years of fundraising and laying the groundwork …”

      Not quite the 11th hour as you stated.

      I’m troubled by your remark: “i’m cynical about a thirty eight million dollar damage claim by an unproven rookie defensemen in a position with a short shelf-life and generally lower pay scale…”

      A guy has his livelihood taken away from him in a career-ending brutal attack that has no place in the sport, and for which Bertuzzi was suspended for the remainder of the season including the playoffs. Moore was 25 years old. He spent the next 5+ months in the hospital.

      I guess I’m troubled because there was, for lack of a better word, a bounty on Moore’s head. This was not a normal lower-body injury from a check into the boards.

      Bertuzzi took away Moore’s livelihood. You cite a lower pay scale, I assume, referring to his experience at the time. Whether a proven or unproven rookie, is $38 million not a fair price? If not, what is? How much is a man’s life and livelihood worth?

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    patthehockeyfan

    yes, moore’s career as an nhl defensemen was cut short, but what has prevented him from earning a livelihood otherwise?

    what proof is there establishing a bounty on moore’s head, it following an oblique clause in the ‘code’…what proof is there establishing bertuzzi’s guilt, in isolation from the bounty to which you speak, or in isolation from mitigating circumstances in the event itself…?

    retribution is implicit in a long-held code of self-policing, nurtured by players but wholly supported by teams from coaches through upper management; toe blake started the code by hiring muscle to protect smaller flashy speed players…the arms race began, and flourishes through the present

    self-policing draws blood, causes concussions, sells merchandise, sell tickets…it makes money by the barrel

    after moore, he of golden halo and sunlit wings, delivered a lethal goon-shot to a highly vulnerable markus naslund, bent and reaching for a puck through centre ice, he refused to meet obligation under the ‘code’…naslund was an established star and moore an unproven entity

    there is clear precedence establishing intent to deliver retribution by someone on canucks, but a bounty would involve overt reward in cash or other favour…again, where’s the proof of bounty…canucks were publicly and vocally deliberating and promising retribution in the period following the moore goon-shot, but there is no evidence of intervention by bertuzzi’s coaches, management or the league itself indicating effort to control mayhem pending

    in the game itself, repeated efforts were made by canucks players to engage moore…his dance card was full, but he wasn’t in the mood to waltz…no intervention by coaches or management from either team or the league occurred in game…the game and house were in frenzy

    bertuzzi tracked moore, punched him with a gloved fist to the side of the head, and was driven onto moore from behind in a general piling-on precipitated by moore’s teammates…slow motion replays clearly show moore out on his feet, but landing on his face while having his head and neck twisted by forces driven from the following pile

    had moore met the ‘code’, like orpik in the present, the matter would have simmered then cooled…had moore’s teammates stayed out of the battle, his injuries would have been less significant

    troubling for moore’s case, is untimely introduction of concussion lawsuits, themselves drawing acute attention to manner in which coaches, management and the league nurtures and encourages fighting and violent play…as in the concussion lawsuits, accepted risk, personal culpability and mitigating circumstances as they occurred in the moment will play large

    and still, no court has found bertuzzi himself guilty of anything…

    regardless of outcome, measuring damages through moore’s potential for earnings is difficult to measure at thirty eight million dollars when player earnings are curtailed in early stages of unproven careers already

    as indicated in the article, the matter may never see the cold light of a courtroom where behaviour of everyone from players through the league itself will be subject to public examination and condemnation

    given the length of time in seeking resolution, canucks and the league have likely factored projected losses against other revenue streams regardless

    moore’s institute might well be part of a payout if any, but thirty eight million, pure fantasy

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 19, 2013 at 7:23 AM

      Thank you for your response, muckle. I appreciate the time you took to write such a detailed and measured reply.

      I didn’t thumbs down either of your comments, and I suspect you didn’t mine.

      It’s possible that you and I look at the game differently. I love the sport; however, I am growing increasingly disenchanted with the game … the game that includes fighting and illegal checks, the game that injures a player so that he has to be carted off the ice on a stretcher, the game that has handed out 9 suspensions so far just in the month of December, the game that includes a ‘code’ that one must fight, and, most importantly, the game that gives players concussions.

      It is a given that players will be injured. Most of these guys will spend the rest of their lives with aches and pains; some possibly walking with a slight limp; some unable to pick up anything of weight with an arm that was injured, etc. I believe these guys know this going in, and play the game anyway. I don’t think the players want or expect a career-ending injury, nor do they expect or fully grasp the lasting effects of concussions.

      Yours and my disagreement (for lack of a better word) centered on a player’s worth, his dollar value. Rather than bat back and forth Bertuzzi’s actions and reactions, and Moore’s culpability (if any), suffice it to say that the hit that ended Moore’s career had and has no place in such a wonderful and exciting sport.

      Whether Moore receives the $38 million or not isn’t quite the point I initially tried to make. Seeing athletes suffering the after-effects of concussions is why I wrote. It’s devastating, and it’s something that HAS TO STOP in the game and sport. If Moore does get what he’s suing for, or even a fraction of it, I sincerely hope that the NHL sees it as a wake-up call. And, frankly, I hope Moore receives every cent he’s suing for, making that wake-up call loud and clear.

      This isn’t about Bertuzzi. It’s more about the violence that’s ruining not only a beautiful sport; but, men’s lives.

      NO MORE CONCUSSIONS!!!!!!!!!

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