Steve Moore Files Civil Suit
Ron Maclean just reported that Steve Moore has filed a civil lawsuit in Ontario Courts against Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks. I can't find anything on the internet yet, but will put up some links when I come across them. Maclean said that he didn't even think Bertuzzi was aware of the lawsuit yet. I actually think Sports Matters is the first online site to report the suit. Ah, the benefits of avoiding work to watch a game.
My initial thoughts are a) good, and that b) it was an interesting choice by Moore's lawyers to file the suit during the Olympic Hockey Tournament. As if Wayne Gretzky and Team Canada weren't facing enough distractions already. I guess Steve wasn't too happy with the Great One naming Bertuzzi to the Canadian Hockey team.
CBC has the CP story on their page.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice by lawyer Tim Danson, and seeks millions of dollars in lost wages and damages for Moore and his parents.
It also named Orca Bay Ltd. partnership, Orca Bay Hockey Inc., and the Canucks.
Moore is demanding $15 million in lost wages, $1 million for aggravated damages and $2 million in punitive damages.
**Update** TSN now has the story.
TSN's take on Bertuzzi's suspension is revealing in itself, isn't it? It states:
After missing 13 regular season games and the entire Stanley Cup playoffs in 2004, the NHL reinstated Bertuzzi last August.
13 games and the ENTIRE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS sure makes it seem like a long time. The reality is that Vancouver played in 7 games in the 2003-2004 playoffs, meaning Bertuzzi missed a total of 20 games. That makes it one less than the suspension recieved by Dale Hunter for hitting Pierre Turgeon on 1993, which was a far less egregious play, in my mind.
Shockingly, the NHL doesn't have the story up. I wonder why?