posted on Mar, 23 2004 @ 05:04 PM
Moore leaves hospital under own power
Colorado forward Steve Moore walked out of Rose Medical Center under his own power Tuesday, just two weeks after his neck was broken by Vancouver's
Moore will rehabilitate in Denver for the near future. He had been at Rose Medical Center since March 13, five days after the Canucks' Bertuzzi hit
him from behind during a game in Vancouver.
Bertuzzi's attack on Moore remains under investigation by Vancouver, British Columbia, police. Because of that, the NHL is discouraging the principal
parties from saying much publicly, Moore's agent said during the weekend. Kelly said Moore was eager to address the public as soon as possible.
When -- or whether -- he will return to the ice is still unknown.
"That's got to be a tough situation," Avalanche center Peter Forsberg said. "He has to do what he has to do and he might be out for a while. I don't
know how long he is going to be out for. Hopefully, he's going to recover and be 100 percent and get back playing."
Team doctor Andrew Parker said Moore broke two vertebrae and the nerves in his neck were stretched, but there was no paralysis or evidence of spinal
cord trauma. He also sustained a concussion and deep lacerations when Bertuzzi hit him from behind and drove him to the ice during March 8 in
Moore is expected to wear a neck brace for six to 12 weeks, and his physical therapy will begin after he recovers from the concussion and neck injury.
Parker was not sure how long that might take.
"His overall recovery and progress is uncertain, including his ability to return to professional hockey," Parker said in a statement Monday. "While
Steve is making progress, his recovery time frame remains indefinite."He can walk without assistance, but will need to continue wearing a cervical
Bertuzzi was suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs, and will have to apply for reinstatement before next season. The hit was widely
believed to be retribution for a check by Moore in February that forced Vancouver star Markus Naslund to miss three games.
The Avalanche were glad Monday to hear their teammate was finally going home.
"You don't want to see one of your friends or teammates just in the hospital all the time," Avalanche forward Peter Worrell said. "It is a good
feeling for him. Just for his spirits, it's got to be good not to eat the hospital food every day and get more than the basic cable to watch."