Ten years ago Todd Bertuzzi ended the career of Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore with a vicious and unprovoked hit from behind during play. Following the attack, Moore filed a lawsuit against Bertuzzi. Today the two sides reached a settlement out of court.
The terms of the settlement are confidential, but Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, told TSN, “The parties have been working on a settlement for a considerable amount of time. Todd is very pleased to have the matter settled. There is a confidentiality agreement in place so I cannot say more than that.”
The multimillion-dollar lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial Sept. 8.
The hit, which happened during a 9-2 victory for the Avalanche over the Vancouver Canucks, left Moore with a concussion and a fractured vertebrae. Moore never played hockey again while Bertuzzi was only suspended for 13 regular season games and seven playoff games before being re-instated by the league the following season.
In 2006, Todd Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to the criminal charges filed by Steve Moore and was sentenced to one year probation and 80 hours of community service.