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Colorado Avalanch Player Victim Of A Cheap Shot
During a NHL game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks on March 8, 2004, Colorado center Steve Moore was grabbed from behind and punched in the side of the head by Todd Bertuzzi of the Canucks. After landing the blow both men fell forward, with Moore slaming into the ice face-first and 245-pound Bertuzzi landing on top of him.
Moore suffered a concussion, deep cuts to his face and a broken neck. He was unconsious for some time and it took more than ten minutes to stablize him and remove him from the ice. Moore will recover from his injouries and suffered no paralisis, but will not play for the rest of the season.
On Thursday following the incident the NHL suspended Bertuzzi for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs, which could be a minimum of 17 games. He will loose at least $500,000 in salary. The Vancouver Canucks were also fined $250,000.
Vancouver Police are also investigating criminal charges.
Posted: 2004-03-11 12:51:57 PM
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