Mediation set in Bertuzzi-Moore NHL case
Mediator Tom McGrenere to meet with respective lawyers Dec. 15 in Toronto
Former Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi will join his new teammates in Calgary for the start of NHL training camp Friday, while his legal team prepares for mediation.
Lawyers for Bertuzzi and one-time Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore will meet with mediator Tom McGrenere on Dec. 15 in Toronto, CBCSports.ca has learned.
Among those scheduled to attend is Bertuzzi, former Vancouver coach (now Hockey Night in Canada analyst) Marc Crawford and representatives of former Canucks owners, Orca Bay.
It could mark the first face-to-face meeting between Bertuzzi and Moore since the former's infamous sucker punch in a March 8, 2004 game in Vancouver.
Crawford claims Bertuzzi acted in "direct disobedience" to instructions from the Canucks bench when he attacked Moore, breaking his neck and ending his career, according to court documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Crawford also says the Vancouver coaching staff was trying to get Bertuzzi off the ice before the incident.
The former coach's statement of defence was in response to a third-party claim issued by Bertuzzi that contends Crawford should pay any damages awarded to Moore, who hasn't played since the attack that left him with three broken vertebrae in his neck and a concussion.
Moore and his family previously filed a lawsuit seeking $38 million for loss of income and damages.
The third-party claim filed in Ontario Superior Court by Bertuzzi's lawyers alleges Crawford should be named in the suit because he allegedly urged his players in March 2004, including Bertuzzi, to make Moore "pay the price" when Crawford "knew or ought to have known that this was likely to result in injury to Moore."
The NHL suspended Bertuzzi indefinitely for attacking Moore, and didn't reinstate him until Aug. 8, 2005, exactly 17 months later.
Bertuzzi remained under suspension throughout the 310-day NHL lockout and was prohibited from competing in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, two world championships and in European pro leagues.
He also forfeited $501,926.39 US in salary and hundreds of thousands more in endorsements.
Bertuzzi signed a free-agent contract with the Flames on July 7 after spending the previous two seasons with Florida, Detroit and Anaheim.
The 33-year-old scored 14 goals and 40 points in 68 games with the Ducks last season.
With files from the Canadian Press