posted on Mar, 11 2004 @ 03:52 PM
Very unfortunate incident, I hope Moore makes a full and speedy recovery.
Today they suspended Bertuzzi for the rest of the season including the playoffs, I think the punishment is just. After all, Moore is out for the
season with a fractured neck, why should Bertuzzi be allowed to play?
I saw Bertuzzi's apology, I think it was sincere. He shed alot of tears and apologized to Moore, his family, teammates, and to the fans, especially
all the kids who watch the NHL. He is a great player and he plays at a very high intense level, he just did something really stupid and uncalled for.
Hockey is a very rough sport as it is, there is no room for sucker punches. Heck, it's the only sport (except boxing of course) that you are actually
allowed to fight the opponent which makes even less sense for a sucker punch. I've seen Bertuzzi fight many times and he's very tough, but no reason
to sneak a guy from behind regardless of the reason, although I saw the hit on Naslund last month and I'm not convinced that it was intentional.
So as I said, his suspension extends to the end of the regular season and the playoffs. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said that he will announce
before next year's training camp if there will be additional penalties/fines/suspensions. So my question to you is..
Do you think the punishment is just? Do you think he should be suspended additional games next year? Do you think he should be banned form
BTW, the Vancouver Canucks have also been fined $250,000 for the hit, I'll be surprised if they dont take that out of Bertuzzi's next check.