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Closure: Bertuzzi-Moore case officially settled

Sep 4, 2014, 3:47 PM EDT


The civil case between former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore and Todd Bertuzzi has officially been settled.

After weeks of rumors saying the two sides agreed to an out-of-court settlement, Moore released a statement on Thursday afternoon declaring the case closed.

“The legal case for the loss of my NHL career is over. I have accepted a settlement agreement which has now been finalized and signed by all the parties.”

Moore said the settlement comes with “mixed emotions” because while his dream of continuing to play in the NHL is gone, he’s pleased the burden of an “unresolved legal case” won’t be weighing on his or his family’s mind.

Details of the settlement will likely never be known due to confidentiality agreements – something that was a sticking point in earlier reports of the case being settled.

It was March 8, 2004 when Bertuzzi, as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, attacked Moore from behind giving him three broken vertebrae and a concussion that ended his career. Bertuzzi was suspended for the incident but returned to play after the 2004-05 lockout. Moore never played again.

  1. sharksfan754 - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Took way too long to settle.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Thats about the average timeframe for complex litigation like this.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    mutatum est, gratias bonitate

  3. hosewater2 - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    All those missed flights back and forth with the AHL affiliate. Poor Steve Moore. First guy ever hurt playing hockey. At least this will be out of the news soon!

    • avscup - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      You should go play on the expressway!

  4. pjblake2redwings - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Good Job BIG BERT!!!!

  5. jb8588 - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Serves that scum Bertuzzi right. Would love to see Marc Savard follow Moore’s lead and go after another piece of scum we all know as Matt Cooke.

    • vancouversportsbro - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Maybe Marc Savard isn’t as big of a douche as Steve Moore. It goes both ways, Moore cheapshotted Naslund.

      • kaptaanamerica - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Naslund wasn’t the same after the concussion. I think his career was cut short by the elbow from Moore. We can’t prove why naslund lost a step and his shot but my bet is Moore cost Naslund multi millions with his dirty play.

      • avscup - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        Not even close to a cheap shot, unless you wear a skirt! Naslund had his head down and Moore barely brushed him.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM

        To avscup, what has wearing a skirt got to do with anything? There are hockey players who regularly wear skirts who could check most of us into next Friday. Would you really want to get an elbow from Gillian Apps? Can you really not learn how to make an intelligent point without questioning a guy’s masculinity?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Moore laid out Naslund with an open ice hit that the NHL ruled was clean. Don’t invent scenarios to justify Bertuzzi’s criminal actions.

    • dueman - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Also, Savard played after the Cooke hit. I’m not a big Cooke defender, but I hate when people blame him for ending Savard’s career. The hit Cooke laid on Savard, although it was a complete blindside, and slimy hit, was not (at that time) illegal. Cooke wasn’t penalized, or suspended for the hit. Savard came back from that concussion to play the game again. It was a head shot from ex Bruin Matt Hunwick that caused Savard another concussion, and subsequently ended his career to this point…

  6. mbogdan0 - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    These comments are absurd. How on earth can you justify what bertuzzi did? That was moores multi-million dollar career that he ended. Let’s see someone violently take that much money away from you and see how you respond.

    • 101starmymedic - Sep 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Oh dear God ENOUGH!


      Bert gave him a dose of his own medicine.

      • jbreyare - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        Holy learn the facts batman! The ONLY team/owner that offered him a contract after the hit was Vancouver!!!! It was a weak attempt from an owner who was trying to save his own ass. He knew that if Moore signed, he could never sue him. Moore was NEVER in a position where he could ever think about signing another contract. Learn the facts before you spew nonsense.

      • avscup - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        You are an idiot.

        He was in the hospital from March 8th until August 22 with fractured neck vertebrae. He was offered a 2 way deal from Anaheim (Brian Burke) as a way to try and mitigate his and Vancouver’s exposure. He turned it down because he wasn’t medically cleared to play and wouldn’t have passed their physical. Nobody else offered and he never played.

        Get your facts straight before you add your drivel.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Your use of caps just highlights your stupidity. Who was it that offered Moore a chance to play? Google is your friend.

      • rmccleary97 - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Yes, it was Anaheim that offered Moore the 2-way contract – and yes, he never would have passed the physical required. Did Burke offer it trying to mitigate Vancouver’s exposure? As good as it sounds, it’s speculation without facts – but certainly we’ve all learned not to underestimate Burke’s intentions on anything.

  7. Wineshard - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Yeah let’s involve Matt Cooke. How about Scott Stevens or Gordie Howe? Gimme a break. Hockey used to be a man’s game. Now it is run by leftwing newspaper guys.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      The fact that you put Matt Cooke’s name in the same post as Scott Stevens and Gordie Howe just prove that your in the same category as the leftwing newspaper guys.

      • bigjohnniedoe - Sep 5, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Apparently you have never seen Gordie’s elbow’s in action. He wasn’t exactly a saint on the ice.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Yup, he was no saint, but like I said not in the same category as Matt Cooke.

  8. jimeejohnson - Sep 4, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    And read by right wing who needs facts guys.

  9. jason9696 - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Finally!!! I’m sure neither side is happy with the end result. I just hope we never have to hear about it again. I can’t believe it took over 10 years to reach a deal. Good for nothing lawyers.

  10. gatorjr - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    The end of Moore’s career by an ILLEGAL hit/punch by Bertuzzi should have had a harsher action by the league I would hope the settlement takes care of him(Moore) and his family for the rest of his life. The incident will remain a black eye for the league for the foreseeable future.

  11. Wineshard - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    My point is that the hits that Cooke and Stevens and Howe did on a regular basis were LEGAL at the time. Tell me that the hits on Lindros and Kariya would not be multiple game suspensions in today’s game.

    You are missing my point, I want to see those hits in the game – keep your head up meant something back in the day.

    What is your point exactly? That you don’t like Matt Cooke?

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      My point is that you are like the left wing newspaper guys. Cooke was/is a renowned cheap shot artist. Howe and Stevens were not.

      • dueman - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:46 AM

        Leave the politics out of it because it just makes you look stupid. Howe was very well known for throwing his elbow into opponents faces, and Stevens is well known for taking guys out of the game period. Maybe you need to learn your hockey history…

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Politics? What are you, half a retard or something? Where did you see any political implications in a post comparing three vastly different players. One being Mr. Hockey, the other being one of the hardest hitting blue liners in NHL history, and the last being a mediocre hockey player who has a penchant for delivering dangerous cheap shots.

    • titansbro - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      I don’t like Cooke either, & I do think that POS, dirty coward killed Savard’s career. But it is way different than what Bertuzzi did to Moore. At least Cooke’s cheapshot could sort’ve be seen as a hockey play, Bertuzzi’s could never be seen that way. And as baffling as it is, Moore’s hit wasn’t even against the rules at the time. Hard to really go after a guy (legally anyway) for a play that’s within the rules of the game.

      The other thing is, Savard is still getting paid… a lot. He would have no legal basis to claim he had a financial hit, at least not right now.

      • rmccleary97 - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        titansbro has it nailed.

        — Savard is still getting paid for his last contract (and will be through 2016-17, even if he’s getting the league minimum in those last 2 years). He’s also eligible for a pension through the NHLPA by virtue of having played over 400 NHL games. Moore was in the final year of his contract at the time he was hurt, and was 331 games shy of being eligible for an NHLPA pension – and there’s no proof that no one was going to sign him after the ’03-04 season (claims to the contract be damned).

        — Cooke’s hit, while reprehensible, can at least be passed off as a hockey play. Nothing in the game of hockey justifies what Bertuzzi did – and no, Moore’s “cheap shot on Naslund” (which Naslund admitted was (a) clean, and (b) Naslund’s fault for putting himself in an unnecessarily vulnerable position) doesn’t qualify. If we’re going down that road, every “you hit one of our stars and knocked him out of the lineup” incident justifies the player being attacked from behind.

        — Another thing to consider: Savard can’t point to the hit by Cooke and say, “if not for that hit, I’d still be playing hockey” because he went on to play more games (and suffer at least 2 more concussions before he was forced to call it quits). Without those final two concussions, it’s possible Savard is still playing today. It’s pretty easy for Moore to point to what Bertuzzi did and say, “that forced me out of the game for good.”

      • dueman - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        titansbro – Was Matt Cooke controlling Hunwick by remote control or something when Hunwick smashed Savard’s head into the boards almost an entire year after Cooke hit him? I get that you don’t like Cooke, and I’m not especially fond of some of the hits he’s thrown including the hit on Savard, but come on, facts are facts…

  12. deezenucks - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Your still aces in my book Bert, I’ll never care what anyone else thinks.

  13. ducksk - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Bert’s actions were insane. He should of been banned for life that night. Ever!

  14. gatorjr - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Gordie Howe played in the when men were men, each team played the game hard and after the game they went to the bar and had a few beers together. Now the current Commissioner(Bettman) has made it so CRYBABIES like Cindy Crosby can play. I bet Cindy couldn’t even take a check from Gordie without running home CRYING to MOMMY!!!

    • titansbro - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      ah those were the days… back when men played through multiple concussions & drank the food through straws the rest of their lives all for my entertainment.

  15. gatorjr - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    That incident changed the way Bert plays ever since. Besides we’ll never know if the coach(at the time) had anything to do with the way it played out. And I don’t believe we ever will.

  16. blomfeld - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot … Exodus 21:24

    the bottom line is that justice will ‘never’ be served until such time that Bertuzzi suffers the same wrongs himself … and given time, God willing they will …

    • bigbrew22 - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:31 AM


  17. redwings248 - Sep 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Blomfield is a idoit

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