Excerpts from transcripts of testimony by Todd Bertuzzi and excerpts from transcripts of testimony by Dave Nonis during a preliminary phase of Steve Moore’s lawsuit over the on-ice attack on him by the former Vancouver Canucks player. Allegations in the testimony during the examination for discovery phase have not been proven in court.
Tim Danson is Moore’s lawyer. Geoffrey Adair represents Bertuzzi.
TIM DANSON: All right, well maybe I’ll do it this way. When did you decide that you were going to assault Steve Moore?
BERTUZZI: I’ll give you exactly what I remember, OK, and I’ll give it to you. What I remember is coming in at him with another player on our team, on the far side of the boards, bumping into him. I remember skating with him all the way up the ice asking him to fight. I asked him four, five, six, seven times to fight. Went all the way. . . .
DANSON: What are you actually saying? Is that all you’re saying? Let’s fight. Let’s fight.
BERTUZZI: I’m saying let’s fight. Let’s go. I don’t want to say exactly what I say because there’s two women in here, unless you want me to say it.
DANSON: No, no, no, don’t worry about the two women.
BERTUZZI: You want me to say it?
BERTUZZI: I called him a f**king pussy. I said “Let’s go.”
BERTUZZI: I said, “You want to fight, let’s go.” I said, “Come on.” I just kept on trying to engage him in a fight.
BERTUZZI: I was using words like that and I apologize.
DANSON: It’s OK.
BERTUZZI: I was using stuff like that.
DANSON: They’ve heard worse.
GEOFFREY ADAIR: They know, they know you’re under oath, Mr. Bertuzzi.
BERTUZZI: So that’s what was said.
DANSON: All right, and were you getting angrier and angrier when he was declining you?
BERTUZZI: I just wanted to fight.
DANSON: Right, and why did you want to fight?
BERTUZZI: I just, I think I just felt like fighting.
DANSON: All right, what did Steve Moore do to you?
BERTUZZI: It was a situation where we were just skating up. I asked him to go, asked him to fight, asked him to fight and he didn’t want to fight. There’s tons of times where I’ve gone or skated around the ice where people have come up to me and said “Let’s fight.” What have I done? So it’s not about that . . .
DANSON: Good morning Mr. Bertuzzi. Mr. Bertuzzi could you tell me what, if anything, Mr. Crawford (former Canucks coach Marc Crawford)said to you, the team, in the dressing room between the second and third period of the March 8th, 2004 game, the third game?
BERTUZZI: My last remembrance of what was said before I went out was him pointing at your client on the board and saying that he must pay the price.
DANSON: Had he made similar type comments prior to this, in game, the March 3rd game or before or during the first and second period?
BERTUZZI: I don’t recall those other two.
DANSON: And as I understand in the dressing rooms there’s a board and it has the roster of the opposing team, it has all their names and numbers?
BERTUZZI: Yes there is.
DANSON: And by, when you say pointing at my client on the board, that he’s actually pointing to Steve Moore, number 36?
BERTUZZI: Yes he was.
DANSON: All right, and can you tell me what his tone of voice was when he said it?
BERTUZZI: He wasn’t obviously very happy, I think he was pissed off at everything that was going on to begin with. So obviously he was pretty angry.
DANSON: All right, and did that play a role in your decision to go after Steven Moore in the third period?
BERTUZZI: I think it influenced him being challenged by a lot of players yes. . .
DANSON: All right, what would have happened had you not had the incident with Steve Moore, vis-a-vis you and Mr. Crawford?
BERTUZZI: I think in general if I didn’t go out and do something, fight someone, it would have been a pretty long week for me.
DANSON: What does that mean?
BERTUZZI: It means I would have heard about it from him. I would have been challenged the next day in a meeting.
Excerpts from transcripts of testimony by Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis during a preliminary phase of Steve Moore’s lawsuit over the on-ice attack on him by the former Canucks player Todd Bertuzzi. Allegations in the testimony during the examination for discovery phase have not been proven in court.
Tim Danson is Moore’s lawyer. Alan D’Silva represents the Canucks.
TIM DANSON: Just to back up. As I say, that Crawford is (former Canucks coach Marc Crawford): “pissed off at everything that was going on; that he was pretty angry, and in this state, he pointed to Steve Moore’s name and number on the roster board of the Avalanche team, and said: “He must pay the price.”
ALAN D’SILVA: Can you tell us what the timing of this alleged statement is?
DANSON: Yes, between the – Mr. Bertuzzi said this is what happened between the second and third period in the dressing room.
D’SILVA: Of the March 8th game?
DANSON: Of the March 8th game. So, I think it was maybe – I could be wrong here – it may have been 6-2 at that point, or 7-2, I can’t remember what the score was.
D’SILVA: Do you have any information on this? Can you answer this one way or the other?
DAVE NONIS: Yes. I don’t know the time, but I have heard that Mr. Crawford pointed to a number of players and said that they must – “. . . they got to pay the price tonight.”
And my understanding is that it was before the game started.
And my understanding is, that included a number of players on the Avalanche, including their star players, you know, Hejduk and Sakic, and things that, I’m sure, coaches say on a regular basis.
DANSON: Let me be clear here. Your evidence is, or your understanding is, is that prior to the game, he pointed to a number of Avalanche players, and I think you said four?
NONIS: No, I don’t know how many, but I think there was a number, like he would do on most nights.
DANSON: He said, “They must pay the price?”
NONIS: “They got to pay a price tonight.”
DANSON: “They got to pay a price tonight.” What is the source of your information?
NONIS: Some of our players.
DANSON: Which players?
NONIS: I’m not sure how many, but I think, Trevor Linden; I believe, Mattias Ohlund told me that. . . . Markus Naslund.
DANSON: Anyone else?
NONIS: Not that I can recall.
DANSON: What did he mean? I’m sorry, the words: “They must pay a price?”
NONIS: Something along those lines, yeah.
DANSON: A price for what?
NONIS: To play in the game. Again, you’ve used language “on the edge,” “player’s coach” quite frequently so far, and I think that’s something that the coaching staff would say generally, it’s got to be difficult for them to play.
“We’ve got to try to be, you know, hard on them – within the rules and scope of the game. That it’s a very good team: “Don’t let them walk in here and take two points from us.”
DANSON: OK, but the language, the particular language that they must pay a price –
NONIS: Again, not uncommon. Not unlike “player’s coach,” not unlike “on the edge.” Very common terminology in our game.