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Bertuzzi keeping quiet after mediation hearing

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Calgary Flames forward Todd Bertuzzi was back with the team for yesterday's morning skate and played in last night's win over the St. Louis Blues.

Bertuzzi wouldn't talk about his mediation session Monday in Toronto regarding the lawsuit he's facing from Steve Moore stemming from the infamous on-ice incident in 2004.

Nor would anybody else on the team.

"I don't know anything about the hearing or who was there or what was involved," said coach Mike Keenan.

How Bertuzzi handles the situation, which included a face-to-face meeting with Moore, will certainly be interesting to monitor.

Keenan said it shouldn't be a distraction on the ice.

"You'll have to ask Todd about that because I'd have no idea if it's on his mind or not," he said. "I know that he's asked to go out on the ice and play hockey, and he's given the opportunity to do that.

"I'm sure he's professional enough to know that's his responsibility."

Bertuzzi, Moore and their lawyers met Monday in a court-ordered mediation hearing aimed at settling a $38-million lawsuit before it goes to court.

Moore is claiming lost income and damages following the incident in which Bertuzzi sucker-punched the former Colorado Avalanche forward, which sent his head into the ice in Vancouver.

Moore suffered three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a concussion and facial lacerations and has not played since.

Moore's lawyer, Tim Danson, told the Canadian Press "all the parties" involved in the case attended the mediation, but the discussions were confidential.

"The purpose behind mediation for all cases is to facilitate a resolution of the dispute," Danson said.

Named as defendants in Moore's claim are Bertuzzi, the Canucks and the company -- Orca Bay or, as it is now known, Canucks Sports & Entertainment -- that owns the NHL franchise.

Marc Crawford, Bertuzzi's head coach in Vancouver at the time, who the player said should be held responsible, was also present.

Crawford has claimed Bertuzzi disobeyed instructions to get off the ice before Moore was attacked.

Danson said no court date has been set for the lawsuit and the examination for discovery process is not over.

Bertuzzi was charged with assault in June 2004 after a four-month investigation.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation and community service.

He also was suspended from playing for 17 months.


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