The civil trial of Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks for his attack on former NHL player Steve Moore more than eight years ago has been delayed until late January.
Moore, who played for the Colorado Avalanche at the time, is seeking more than $38-million in damages for the attack in March, 2004 that left him with serious injuries, including a concussion and broken vertebra in his neck, and ended his NHL career. He is seeking damages for the lost income for his abbreviated hockey career was well as income lost when it was determined Moore`s injuries will not allow him a post-hockey career in the financial field.
The lawsuit was originally set for trial in the Ontario Superior Court but the trial judge granted an adjournment at the request of lawyers for the defendants. Jury selection will now begin Jan. 28, 2013.
Originally, former Canucks head coach Marc Crawford was also a defendant in the trial. He was being counter-sued by Bertuzzi, who claimed he was encouraged to attack Moore by the coach. But earlier this year, Crawford, Bertuzzi and the Canucks agreed to dismiss all cross-claims between them and share any damages awarded against them by the court. It is not known how the damages will be shared proportionally.