Will Vancouver boo birds chirp at Big Bert?

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

For years, Todd Bertuzzi has been booed in Calgary.

As a longtime member of the hated Vancouver Canucks, the power forward came into the Saddledome as one of the most despised opponents on the ice.

He's never experienced that treatment in Vancouver, though.

Even after the Steve Moore incident, the fans there stood by their tarnished star. Even after he was traded to the Florida Panthers, subsequently dealt to the Detroit Red Wings, and landed with their Western Conference opponent Anaheim Ducks, the Canucks fans cheered Bertuzzi when he returned to the ice at GM Place.

Twice last year, he received a warm welcome from those who watched him in his prime with the Canucks.

"It was good. When you spend that many years in a city, and they appreciate what you did and how you played out there, you're going to get responses like that," said Bertuzzi yesterday as his Calgary Flames packed up to head west for tonight's regular-season opener against the Canucks.

"That's what I got the first couple of times.

"Not sure if this is going to be any different. Who knows?"

There's not telling what will happen tonight when he takes the ice.

He now plays for one of his old team's biggest rivals.

In the same division ... another Canadian team ... the club that ousted the Canucks in the first round of the 2004 playoffs.

"They dislike Calgary a lot more than they did Anaheim," said Bertuzzi with a grin. "So I think that'll be a little bit different."

Anxious to get the season underway after a training camp that was a little inconsistent for him personally, Bertuzzi hopes one major factor changes when he meets his former team for the third time after two unsuccessful visits with the Ducks a year ago.

"I'd like to go in there and actually get a win one time," he said. "I'm 0-2 there right now."


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