Former Colorado Avalanche winger Steve Moore filed a writ against Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi in a B.C. Supreme Court late Monday.

By submitting the five-page writ, Moore now has up to a year to file a lawsuit in B.C. in the event a civil lawsuit he launched against Bertuzzi in Ontario last month is thrown out.

This latest action comes just before the two-year anniversary of Bertuzzi's attack on Moore during a game between the Avalanche and Canucks in Vancouver.

Bertuzzi's attack sent Moore, now 27, to the hospital with three fractured vertebrae in his neck and a concussion. He hasn't played since.

This is the third time Moore has taken legal action against Bertuzzi.

Last month, Moore filed a lawsuit in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeking $15 million in lost wages and damages against Bertuzzi while the Canucks forward was in Turin, Italy playing for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics.

Late last year, Moore filed a similar action in Denver against Bertuzzi, Canucks head coach Marc Crawford, general manager Brian Burke, forward Brad May and Orca Bay, but a judge dismissed the case, ruling it had no standing in Colorado.

The violent incident prompted debate across North America about the role of rough justice in hockey. Some hockey observers – including the Canadian Olympic Committee – openly questioned the decision to include Bertuzzi on Team Canada.

The NHL suspended Bertuzzi for the final 13 regular-season games of the 2003-04 season and the Stanley Cup playoffs, which, for the Canucks, meant seven more games.

Bertuzzi remained under suspension throughout the 310-day NHL lockout and was prohibited from playing in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, two world championships and any European professional league.

He also forfeited $501,926.39 US in salary and hundreds of thousands more in endorsements.

Bertuzzi was also charged by Vancouver police. He pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and was sentenced to a year's probation and 80 hours of community service.

with files from Canadian Press