Former Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore and his family have filed a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Cancuks in Ontario court, CBC News reports.
Moore's lawyer Tim Danson filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in Ontario Superior Court. The suit names Bertuzzi, Orca Bay Limited Partnership, Orca Bay Hockey Inc. and the Canucks as defendants.
Moore, along with his parents, are seeking $15-million for loss of income, $2-million in punitive damages and $1-million in aggravated damages. Jack and Anna Moore, who are also named as part of the lawsuit, are seeking $1.5-million in damages.
There is no date yet for the suit to be heard.
In October of 2005, a judge in Colorado dismissed a lawsuit filed in the United States against Bertuzzi, saying that since the incident in question happened in Canada and that all the defendants in the case are Canadian or Canadian-based, any case would be best handled in Canada.
"British Columbia bears the most significant relationship to Moore's claims," Denver district Judge Shelley Gilman wrote in her decision.
Moore hasn't played since March 8, 2004 when Bertuzzi grabbed him from behind, punched him in the head and drove his head into the ice. Moore suffered three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a concussion and other injuries.
Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely by the NHL and was charged by Vancouver police with assault. He pleaded guilty, and was then sentenced to probation and community service.
After missing 13 regular season games and the entire Stanley Cup playoffs in 2004, the NHL reinstated Bertuzzi last August.
Bertuzzi is currently playing for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
So basically.. he got laughed out of the US, and I hope they laugh him out of Canada. And WTF is up with his parents sueing? This ain't the US dude, that shit ain't going to fly here.
And I think any reasonable jury sitting in on this if it does go to trial is going to have a really hard time believing that Bertuzzi was entirely responsible for all damages.. man that's going to be an ugly battle if it does.