Bertuzzi: I'll do better

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

Vancouver Canuck Todd Bertuzzi called his criminal assault on Steve Moore "a mistake," but pledged to be a better person on and off the ice.

"I sincerely hope Steve Moore continues to progress and is back in competition soon," Bertuzzi said in a written statement at a news conference yesterday.

"I hope the NHL highlights from now on are of great plays and never of a night like on March 8 (2004)."

That was the night Bertuzzi dealt Colorado Avalanche forward Moore a blindside punch and drove his head into the GM Place ice.

Moore suffered facial cuts, broken neck bones and a serious concussion. He may never play pro hockey again.

A provincial court judge sentenced Bertuzzi to a year's probation and 80 hours community service work. National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman lifted Bertuzzi's indefinite suspension on Aug. 8 after 17 months.

Bertuzzi's agent Patrick Morris claimed more than 10 attempts have been made to indirectly contact Moore through his agent, lawyer and the Avalanche.

"I was hoping to confront him and speak to him and his family," Bertuzzi said.

Bertuzzi was chosen to join Canada's Olympic team's orientation camp, which began yesterday at GM Place.

"It's not the kind of conduct we wanted," said Olympic team head coach Pat Quinn.

"It happened and prices are being paid, by both players."


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