Bertuzzi’s hit still haunts this city

Bertuzzi waits

For most of us it’s old news. Todd Bertuzzi hit Steve Moore in a cheap and dirty hit and nearly four years later it’s still one of the biggest sports stories in the city. Thanks to the wonders of the legal system we’ve still got new revelations about that fateful night to make headlines; the latest of which is that then Canucks coach Marc Crawford tried to call Bertuzzi off the ice moments before the Moore hit [cbc].

Moore is suing Bertuzzi and the Canucks, saying that Bertuzzi was told to get Moore by the Canucks organization, or at least the coaching staff. The Canucks are arguing that nobody in their organization wanted Bertuzzi to get Moore, though I suspect that at least one of the pretzel guys in the concourse probably hoped that Moore would get his ass kicked.

The hit is going to continue to dominate the backpages of local papers for the next few months until the trial wraps up. Then as is the custom I’m sure there will be an appeal by one side or the other, so we can look forward to another four years of this.

Honestly Bertuzzi did a shitty thing, but somewhere in the NHL at least one player does a shitty thing every night of the season. Bertuzzi’s bad luck was that Moore was seriously injuried as a result, and that it looked terrible on camera. He’ll never live it down, and it’ll be sometime until the Canucks do.

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