More than a decade has gone by since the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident. A court date has finally been set for Moore’s civil suit against Bertuzzi. September 8, 2014 will mark the beginning of a three-month trial that will take place in front of a live jury. The CBC originally released details on the case earlier tonight:
Moore filed this lawsuit in 2006. He’s seeking $38 million.
This case was scheduled to go to trial last fall, but that deadline was missed after the revelation of a secret deal between Bertuzzi and Orca Bay, the owners of the Canucks. Bertuzzi and Orca Bay lost an appeal to keep secret the details of an agreement that shares costs between them should they lose the lawsuit brought against them by Moore.
That unpleasant clip has more than 24,000 views on YouTube and is one of the most infamous hockey plays ever. Folks that have never watched a game in their life still associate hockey with the Moore/Bertuzzi incident, and one way or the other, it will be a positive for all parties involved to get this ordeal over with.
Closure is going to be incredibly important moving forward.
Bertuzzi has shown remorse repeatedly for his actions, and will eventually be glad to have everything behind him, even if his wallet ends up a bit lighter. Moore won’t have to seethe on this any more—something he may or may not be doing.
Regardless of how everything turns out, the hockey world will be able to put one of the most brutal plays in its history to rest in 2014, and then maybe everyone will be able to move on. Not forget. Forgetting would make the event all the more tragic. But moving on is healthy, and a decade under the cloud of this one play is more then enough.