Former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford has been dragged into a multi-million dollar lawsuit over NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi's infamous sucker punch on Steve Moore.
Moore originally file the suit against Bertuzzi and courts documents show the former NHL player has now consented to name Crawford in the suit as well.
Bertuzzi sought to have Crawford included in the suit based on the claim that his NHL contract compelled him take direction from his coach.
Is Bertuzzi shifting the blame onto his coach, or is Crawford also liable for what happened on the ice in 2004? Have your say in our forum.
Todd Bertuzzi needs to man up, accept his part of the incident and pay his due. Similarly, the NHL, the 'Nucks, Marc Crawford need to do the same.
The fact that 9 people landed on top of Steve Moore is irrelevant - the stage was set when Bert sucker-punched him. All that follows derives from that - and is solely Bert's responsibility - at least morally and ethically. While he may get some passing relief from including others in the legal case, he is still accountable for his own choices - as bad as those were.
I have no sympathy for Bert, the Canucks or Marc Crawford. I have plenty for the forgotten, injured and damaged person in all of this: Steve Moore.
Don, 2008-03-28 15:38:49
We are now in a society where the first option is now to sue and sue everyone and anyone remotely attached in some form? What's next, suing the NHL for not suspending him for the hit on Naslund which would have avoided all this? the NHLPA for not doing enough for Moore? General Motors as they have naming rights on the Nuck's venue? The City of Vancouver?
We've all seen the footage over and over, can one punch be to blame for the extent of injuries when 9, 200 lbs+ men play pile on Moore. Should some liability not be passed on to others?
It is and unfortunate situation that Moore was injuryed in such fashion but maybe in a sport where there is an unwritten "code", he should have taken it like a man and just dropped the gloves.
java addict, 2008-03-28 15:21:34
Nice try Todd. We all know Crawford told you to attack.
I'd like Crawford to tell you to retire(would you do that too).please
Bertuzzi is an emmbarassment to hockey in this country and he has no business on the ice, he doesn't have the brain power to skate and think at the same time.
A goon plain and simple!!
Hammertime, 2008-03-28 15:07:06