Gary Bettman to meet with Moore representatives to settle Bertuzzi lawsuit

Moore is seeking $15 million in lost wages, $1 million in aggravated damages and another $2 million in punitive damages from Bertuzzi in a lawsuit filed in Ontario in February. The suit also names Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the Vancouver Canucks, along with the NHL team.

Moore’s parents are also claiming $1.5 million in damages for “the nervous shock and mental distress” caused by the attack.

Representatives of the Canucks are also expected to attend the meeting.

Tim Danson, Moore’s lawyer, didn’t immediately return telephone calls. A spokesman for the Canucks said since the matter is before the courts, the organization would be making no comment.

The lawsuit stems from a March 8, 2004, incident in Vancouver when Bertuzzi was still a member of the Canucks. During the third period of the game Bertuzzi grabbed Moore from behind, punched him in the head and drove his head into the ice. Moore suffered three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a concussion and other injuries.

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He has not played hockey since.

Replays of the attack where shown on television across North America.

The hit followed a Feb. 16 game in Colorado where Moore delivered a hit to Vancouver’s Markus Naslund that left the Canucks captain with a concussion. No penalty was called on the play.

The NHL gave Bertuzzi a 17-month suspension for the Moore hit. He gave up about US$502,000 in salary, and missed 13 regular-season games and the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2004. He also was prevented from playing hockey overseas during the lockout season.

Authorities charged Bertuzzi with assault. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation and community service.

Bertuzzi was traded to the Florida Panthers this spring in a blockbuster deal that brought goaltender Roberto Luongo to Vancouver.