Steve Moore and his parents are suing Todd Bertuzzi, the Vancouver Canucks and Canucks' parent company, Orca Bay.
Moore's lawyer George Macintosh filed a civil suit in British Columbia Supreme Court Monday, seeking unspecified damages for negligence, assault and battery. The lawsuit claims Bertuzzi "inflicted significant, permanent and debilitating injuries" to Moore two years ago tonight.
Bertuzzi punched the Colorado Avalanche's Moore and drove his head into the General Motors Place ice on March 8, 2004. Moore suffered broken neck bones, facial cuts and a serious concussion. The Thornhill, Ont., resident may never play pro hockey again.
Moore claims he has suffered physical and mental pain, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, impairment of qualify of life, physical impairment, economic loss including hospitalization, medical, therapy and rehabilitation expenses, and loss of earnings and earnings capacity.
Moore's parents Jack and Anna claim "nervous shock and mental distress" caused by watching Bertuzzi attack their son during the televised game. Moore claims Orca Bay failed to "supervise, instruct and prevent" Bertuzzi from "assaulting, battering and making violent physical contact." Bertuzzi had allegedly vowed revenge after Moore sideswiped Canucks' captain Markus Naslund in a Feb. 16, 2004 Denver game.
Bertuzzi publicly apologized to Moore, cut a deal with Crown prosecutors and pleaded guilty to assault. He received a conditional discharge instead of jail and missed 20 games during an indefinite National Hockey League suspension.
The Moores are seeking $19.5 million in an Ontario Superior Court lawsuit filed in mid-February. A Colorado judge refused to hear a lawsuit filed there last year because the crime didn't take place in that jurisdiction.