Erm, I just have to quip that Moore has “fractured cervical vertebrae”, not “a broken neck” in the classical sense. At least, whenever I hear that someone has “a broken neck”, the connotation is that the person is dead or permanently severely paralyzed.
As far as the hit, the poor guy was blindsided – Berwhozzi skated up behind him, grabbed his jersey, and hammered him, then crashed down on top of him. Several other players piled on. It was pretty rotten, and I hope the NHL bans the guy permanently. And I do think he should go to jail for it, too. Then again, while I think hockey is a decent sport (unlike, say, baseball), I’m not a fan.[/quote]
Alright, here’s what really happened. In an earlier game back in mid-Feburary between the Colorado Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks, Steve Moore (an average 3rd or 4th line no name player) knocked out the captain of the Cancuks, Markus Naslund (the then NHL leading scorer at the time). What pissed off the whole Canucks organization then was that the hit went unpenalized and it was to their best player. The league reviewed it and saw it as a clean hit. Even Naslund himself said it was a clean hit and this is from the guy who got hit!
After that incident, the Canucks coach, GM, and certain other players ran their mouths off at the media in regards to Mr. Moore. The worst one was Brad May, who said he’d put a bounty on Moore. Bertuzzi, in the aftermath of that hit said, "he’s a piece of crap " and then went on to say “he won’t be in the lineup in March”.
The Canucks played the Avs again the very next week, but in Colorado with all the NHL heads in attendance. They were in attendance because of what certain Canuck players said. That game ended in a 5-5 tie and nothing came of it. Nothing could come of it for the fact that the league was looking closely at that game and it was in Colorado (enemy territory).
Another two weeks passed and the Canucks played the Avs again., but in Vancouver this time. What Bertuzzi did in this game is so asanine that it’s totally inexcusable. In the 3rd period when the Canucks were losing a laugher at 8-2 Avs, Bertuzzi wanted to fight Steve Moore, who had already fought Matt Cooke earlier. Cooke fought Moore for what he did to Naslund and Moore got his butt kicked in that fight. Bertuzzi should’ve just left it at that and leave Moore alone, but he wanted a piece of Moore to himself. Naslund is Bertuzzi’s best friend and linemate so just letting Cooke beat Moore up wasn’t enough for him. No, he wanted to do it himself! Steve Moore refused to fight Bertuzzi and kept ignoring him. Just to let you know, both Steve Moore and Matt Cooke are about the same size (Cooke is a bit smaller). Todd Bertuzzi is 6"3" and 245. Granted he’s an all-star and all, but he still outweighs Moore by 50 lbs and has a mean streak! He was pulling Moore’s jersey from behind and yapping the whole time in an attempt to get Moore to fight. Moore just ignored him and kept skating away. That’s when Bertuzzi lost it. He not only sucker punch the poor guy from behind, but also fell on top of him causing Moore’s head to hit the ice.
I’m a huge Nucks fan and Bert used to be my 2nd favorite Nucks player, but after what he did, I’m ashamed to be a fan. I have lost all respect for this guy. Acts like these don’t belong in hockey. The occasional fight is fined as long as it’s “controlled”, but this is going too far.