Bertuzzi trial put on hold until new year

Steve Moore is surrounded by reporters after leaving NHL headquarters in New York in this 2005 file...

Steve Moore is surrounded by reporters after leaving NHL headquarters in New York in this 2005 file photo. (REUTERS)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:41 PM ET

Just when you thought the end of the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore epic was finally coming to a close ... not so fast.

The multi-million dollar civil lawsuit filed by Moore against Bertuzzi, and the Vancouver Canucks was supposed to go to trial Sept. 24 in Toronto but defence lawyers requested it be pushed back four months, according to the New York Times. Ontario Superior Court Justice Todd Archibald granted the request so the trial will now get under way, theoretically, in late January.

Lawyers expect the eight- to 12-week trial to begin with selection of a six-member jury on Jan. 28. No further delays are expected.

Moore is asking for $38 million in damages in the suit, which was originally filed in 2006.

Bertuzzi, then with the Canucks but now playing for the Detroit Red Wings, attacked Moore from behind in retaliation for an earlier incident during a game against the Colorado Avalanche in March, 2004. Moore was left with three broken vertebrae in his neck and concussion and hasn't played since.

Bertuzzi signed a two-year, $4.15 million contract extension with the Red Wings in February.


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