posted on Dec, 17 2004 @ 05:46 PM
Bertuzzi barred from playing in Europe
December 17, 2004
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Vancouver Canucks player Todd Bertuzzi was barred from playing in Europe by the International Ice Hockey Federation on
Friday because of his violent conduct on the rink.
Bertuzzi was charged with assault after slugging Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore from behind and driving his face into the ice during a game
March 8. Moore was hospitalized with three fractured vertebrae, facial cuts, postconcussion symptoms and amnesia.
Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely by the NHL, missing 13 regular-season games and seven postseason games while losing nearly $502,000 in salary.
Several European clubs appeared to show interest in Bertuzzi this season.
``The violent nature of Mr. Bertuzzi's action with the severe injuries inflicted to the opposing player, as a result of his deliberate act, were
regarded as an extremely serious violation of the rules, putting the sport into disrepute,'' the IIHF said in a statement.
IIHF rules allow the governing body to ban players from competition on grounds of the sport's wider interests, and denied his application to play
until his case was resolved in court. Bertuzzi can appeal the decision to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, the governing body said.
Bertuzzi's trial is set for Jan. 17. He faces a maximum sentence of 18 months if convicted.