Bertuzzi to face Moore in court in late 2012

Steve Moore's multi-million dollar lawsuit steming from Todd Bertuzzi's blindside punch in 2004 is scheduled to go to court in late 2012.


Moore's lawyer, Tim Danson, said Ontario's Superior Court of Justice scheduled the hearing for Sept. 24, 2012, if Bertuzzi is still playing in the NHL. The civil case will begin Oct. 22, 2012, if Bertuzzi is retired.

Moore is seeking more than $40 million in damages against Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks, who Bertuzzi was playing for at the time of the incident.

On March 8, 2004, Bertuzzi grabbed Moore from behind, punched him on the side of the head and then landed on top of him. Moore's head was driven into the ice, and Moore had to be carried off on a stretcher.

Moore, then playing for the Colorado Avalanche, suffered a concussion and broken bones in his neck, and the injury ended his career.

Bertuzzi was suspended for the final 13 regular-season games in the 2003-04 season and all of the postseason. He also was not allowed to play anywhere during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

Bertuzzi was re-instated by the NHL before the 2005-06 season.