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Former Canucks owner forced to testify in Bertuzzi-Moore civil trial

Jun 5, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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Former Vancouver Canucks owner John McCaw Jr.  is being ordered to testify in the Steve Moore civil case against the Canucks and Todd Bertuzzi in September.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun reports a U.S. District Court in Seattle has ordered McCaw to take the stand at the September 8 trial, over 10 years after the incident that ended Moore’s career. The former Canucks owner (he sold his stake in 2006) has reportedly ignored requests to appear at the trial and the court in Seattle as well as one in Ontario have called for him to speak.

It’s unknown if McCaw will comply with the order, but Simmons says he would be allowed to testify via video. Moore’s attorneys feel McCaw was “well aware” of the threats of  retaliation made by Canucks players ahead of the February 16, 2004 incident.

Bertuzzi is set to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Moore’s career was ended after he suffered a concussion and three broken vertebrae when he was attacked by Bertuzzi.

  1. govtminion - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I’m an Avalanche fan. I remember watching the game and being horrified at seeing what I thought may have been a player getting killed or crippled for life in that attack. And I know I still think Bertuzzi got off light on his punishment.

    And that said, this has dragged on far longer than it ever should have. I hope we’re finally nearing the end of this road, because while I’m not all that comfortable with this being tried in court in the first place, I know I definitely don’t like that it’s still going on a decade later.

    • titansbro - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      It has to be in court. How else is a player who lost his career going to pursue any money? Should he just ask Bertuzzi nicely? The only way to truly get anything done here is through the courts unfortunately.

    • titansbro - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      But yeah, 10 years is ridiculous.

  2. 33to22 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    John McCaw was a VERY hands-off owner. I highly doubt he has anything to offer here. The whole notion that this was a premeditated act by the organization is bollocks. I also watched this game. It was simply a matter of Bertuzzi getting more and more enraged because Moore wouldn’t fight him. Todd totally lost his cool and it is squarely on him.

  3. Wineshard - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    When will this case end?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Hey, cut them some slack. The courts have been clogged with trials stemming from the Lincoln assassination.

  4. pjblake2redwings - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Big Bert is the man and Moore is a little ivy league bish you couldnt handle the league. Dont cheap shot someones captain if you dont want your head ripped off

  5. bsaures - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    This lawsuit will never succeed for several reasons

    1)It opens a slippery slope for injuries during games. If this wins incidences such as Chara vs Pacioretty, Thorton vs Orpik, Cooke vs. Karlesson etc could all be sueable incidents.

    2) The amount he is suing for is way out of line with his loss. No offense to Steve Moore he was a nobody in the NHL a fringe player at best. He is suing for almost 20 million dollars most of which he was claiming was for lost wages. Had his career gone on he would have been lucky to make 2-3 million and considering he had played most of his career in the minors or as a fourth liner he probably wouldnt have made that.

    3) He isnt a popular person. Several of his own teamates have said he was a dbag and more or less got what he deserved. Guyts like Burke have tried to help him get back into hockey but he thinks hes too good to play in the AHL for a bit which and tryout for the NHL team like every other fringe player.

    • wingsfan21 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      I agree that this will never succeed, but Chara vs Pacioretty, Thorton vs Orpik, Cooke vs. Karlesson are stupid examples as they were not career ending. Those guys are still picking up checks… (see what I did there)

      • bsaures - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        They were all incidences that could have been career ending though. Pacioretty had he hit or fallen at a fraction of a different angle could have broken his neck instead and there goes one of the best goal scorers in the league. Karllson was probably half a centimeter from severing his achilles and that would have easily cost a career of one of the best offensive dman in the league. The Thorton vs Orpik was almost the exact same incident as the Bertuzzi vs Moore one with a lessor injury.

        Also its hard to truly judge truly judge whether or not this injury cost him his career or the fact that coming back from injury no one wanted a guy who was never good enough to begin with and was one of the worst teammates you could ask for.

      • wingsfan21 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Could have been is a lot different that was.

        Ambushing a guy from behind is also a lot different than two players flying for a puck and an unfortunate hit next to the bench causing the player to hit the glass separator (regardless of what angle he landed or could have landed) or going into a corner and a freak accident happens with a skate blade and injuring a player. Knowing Cooke’s past, it very well may have been intentional, but I have a hard time believing what happened that night was premeditated.

        Burtizzi was looking for a fight that night and wasn’t getting one so he clocked him in the back of the head. The Thorton incident is getting warmer, but the other examples are comparing apples to oranges.

    • avfanforlife - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Not even one of his team mates ever called Moore a DBag. Nor did the say he deserved a broken neck. By far the lamest post ever. You actually think he wouldn’t give ANYTHING to be able to play professional hockey again? To someday compete against his brother for the cup? Or to be able to go 3 days without getting dizzy or have headaches or to have a normal life? Oh that’s right – You get your info from his doctors, family and directly from past team mates. His NHL career was just starting – You have NO WAY of knowing whatsoever what kind of a player he could have turned out to be or what his salary would be today. Post Concussion syndrome can last decades in some cases “Dr.” Bsaures as it has in his case. I hope he gets everything he is asking for and has been patiently waiting for in this ridiculously slow justice system.

  6. 34defense2014 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    If Moore can Suit? The Terghion should Suit Hunter!! That was a much worse hit!!!!

  7. dtownbeatdown - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    What about the 10 other players that dog piled on top of Moore too? Are they being sued as well? There is so many different routes this case can go… that is if Bertuzzi doesn’t appeal until he is 80. Jesus… 10 years.

    • kaptaanamerica - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Frankly, the punch to the back of his head likely didn’t do the damage to this neck. it was Moore’s own teammates dog pilling on top that likely broke his vertebrae. why someone would dogpile their own teammate I have no clue, but anyone with a brain would have seen that they were dog piling their own guy.

      Bert should hire experts to testify that the punch couldn’t have done the damage and then he should sue the guys who dog piled Moore.

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