NHL re-instates bertuzzi

Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi, who had been suspended indefinitely by the National Hockey League on March 8, 2004 for a blind-side punch that injured Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore, has been reinstated for the start of the 2005-06 season, the League announced today.

Bertuzzi had been suspended for the remainder of the 2003-04 season, including the final 13 regular-season games plus the entire 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He remained suspended throughout the 2004-05 cancelled season, in which the suspension barred Mr. Bertuzzi from participating in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and both the 2004 and 2005 IIHF World Championships, as well as preventing him from playing in any European professional league. Mr. Bertuzzi forfeited a total of $501,926.39 in salary as a result of his suspension

(article here: http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/08/232342.html)

63 Responses to NHL re-instates bertuzzi

  1. 92-93 says:

    he cost himself $500,000 plus about $300,000 in endorsements. that’s chump change to him chump.

    move on all you want.

    hey, i am can be as lefist as anyone out there, but even leftists don’t condone crimes going on without appropriate punishment. it is precisely the inappropriate decisions such as this one that allows people to think of the NHL as a barbaric league.

    go on and cheer for your canucks and live in your clouded and PERVERSE world of cheering for Bertuzzi. Moore will never play again. and i am sure that all your qualifications – ie: ‘what he did was wrong BUT … ‘ will let you sleep at night. i hope karma is a factor in this year’s NHL and the Canucks miss the playoffs and Moore helps the Avs win the Cup but it just won’t happen.

    oh, and the civil suit comment – tres bon. your an idiot.

  2. 92-93 says:


    all in favour in capital punishment? (Raise hand)

    all in favour of an eye-for-an-eye? (Raise hand)

    all in favour of appropriate punishment for one’s actions? (Raise hand)

    if you raised your hand to one of these comments and you think the Bertuzzi suspension is just than you are a hypocrite (capital H) in my book. by the way, i only put my hand up to the third sentence. i don’t believe the first two (call me lefty or whatever). but one’s punishment should take into account how the victim is coping and Moore aint’ playing NHL hockey again.

  3. comrie44 says:


    I said, ‘let’s start the season already’, i was referring to the summer, as in lets get that over with, not the controversy surrounding Bertuzzi’s punch.

    You know I have been involved in hundreds of discussions these past 17 months about this issue, in cafeteria’s and in college classrooms discussing this very topic with the supreme concern.

    Do I condone what Bertuzzi did? Hell no, I never did, but I am a Canucks fan and it’s nice too know that one of your best is going to be able to play.

    Have fun cheering on the Czech’s will “morons” like me root for Canada.

    Read my post more carefully next time will you, you’re the one that comes out sounding like a moron.

    I’ll say it again, out with the summer, let’s start the season!!!!!!

  4. comrie44 says:

    There’s 2 sides to EVERY story man, no one is out to make Bertuzzi look like the victim here.

    To just condemn the guy without even a trial is the same vigilante justice that got Bertuzzi in hot water in the first place.

  5. TheMinister says:

    “I cannot even begin to tell you guys how often I have to defend the sport of hockey here in the US because of this shit. Everybody thinks the sport is played by a bunch of barbarians because these are the only highlights they see on sportscenter.”

    Look at what I was responding to. We all know that hockey isn’t about sucker punching guys anymore than Basketball is about punching fans but when you have 20 sec to show hockey news on CNN what do they show?

  6. hermenator says:

    What Bertuzzi did was wrong and Stupid. The suspension was for the act not the results ( ie injuries suffered). I think that the suspension , as is , will have accomplished its goal, to show that this type of action is not welcome in the NHL and to make players (including Bertuzzi to think hard in the future before trying something like this). If there had been a season last year, i think that Bertuzzi probably would have been suspended for half of it or more. You also have to consider that his suspension has spanned 17 month. 92-93 I understand your anger over Steve Moore’s injuries but keeping Bertuzzi suspended any longer will not accomplish anything. Lets keep this incident in our minds and re-start the NHL. This is Bertuzzi’s second suspension ever in the NHL and he needs to mature as a player. I think that you will see a changed man on the ice this season. As for everyone doing personal attacks on him, if you had him on your team you would be cheering.

    Here are the top scorers-regular season over the last 3 years:

    1. Markus Naslund – Vancouver – 278 Points

    2. Todd Bertuzzi – Vancouver – 242 points

    2. Joe Thorton – Vancouver – 242 points

    4. Jarome Iginla – Calgary – 236 points

    Who wouldn’t want Bertuzzi?

  7. habsoverserver says:

    The conditions under which Commissioner Gary Bettman has decided to reinstate Todd Bertuzzi, include not being permitted to play in any NHL game in which Colorado Avalanche Steve Moore is a player on the opposite team.

    — The New York Times

    My opinion remains that Bertuzzi’s presence on NHL ice is unneccessary. Let him go earn a living in Europe.

  8. NYIchooch75 says:

    I wonder if Moore hit Bertuzzi like that, would everyone be defending Moore’s reinstatement?

  9. 92-93 says:

    there was a trial – a criminal one, and now there is a civil trial as well. there was also a suspension. so i don’t know what you are talking about.

    for you to distill the proper punishment (beyond 20 games) into a kind of bloodthirsty vigilante justice totally distorts the issue. what is at issue here is not revenge but justice. and that’s all. its also a SANCTIONED form of justice that has been drafted and administered by others ahead of time – not the kind of vigilante justice that Bertuzzi carried out.

    get the fact straight.

  10. 92-93 says:

    first, you are conflating ‘starting the season’ after a lockout with starting Bertuzzi’s career again – and it is this that I disagree with. read between lines and read your own sentences again bud. also, i find it offensive that you are letting your sport allegiances both local (Vancouver) and national (Team Canada) get in the way and cloud your judgement. your not the only one. nothing wrong with being a diehard fan or being patriotic – but there are other issues here that need to be addressed and i think Bettman’s ruling and the comments by posts such as yours seem to be too concenered with moving on.

    as for the cheering for a non-Canadian team – i was just joking there – but seriously, i don’t think i can stomach the site of a guy like Bertuzzi playing when another guy is out of the NHL for good because of him.

    sure, lets start the season. but this should not be the re-start of Bertuzzi’s career (two totally different things). what really bugs me is that Moore barely got in the NHL. he is a no-name, is injured and won’t play again. he fades away into obscurity while Bertuzzi resumes what could possibly be a hall of fame career and this incident is merely a ‘blip’ on his resume. that’s not justice.

  11. 92-93 says:

    i cannot understand nor can I believe that people are conflating and mixing up their love of their team (Canucks or Team Canada) and what Bert can do for their team with the notion of justice.

    moreover, i cannot understand how one can conflate the start of a post-lockout NHL with the start of Bert’s career – two totally different things. what this ruling does do, however, is point to the fact that the NHL is not going to be any more just or different from what it used to be.

    go ahead and post your points. what the f*** does that have to do with Steve Moore not being able to play in the NHL again and with the issue at hand here.

  12. hermenator says:

    so let me get this straight 92-93. If someone is negligent in driving their car and hits and kills someone. should that driver also be killed in the name of justice? if so, when is your next witchhunt? i feel for what happened to Steve moore but keeping Bert suspended any longer is not going to do anyone any good.

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