TORONTO -- Barring a last-minute appeal, the controversial discovery testimony of Todd Bertuzzi and Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis will become public information this afternoon.
Master Ronald Dash of the Ontario Court of Justice ruled yesterday to release the transcripts of the discovery in the $38-million lawsuit filed by former hockey player Steve Moore and members of his family against Bertuzzi and Orca Bay Ltd., the former owners of the hockey club.
It already has been reported that in discovery both Bertuzzi and Nonis made reference to then-coach Marc Crawford's assertion that Moore "must pay the price."
It isn't known what else was said under oath but to date Bertuzzi and Nonis are the only parties in the lawsuit to have been questioned in the discovery process.
At the time of the incident, Nonis was the assistant general manager of the Canucks and Bertuzzi, now with the Anaheim Ducks, played for Vancouver.
A third-period assault on Moore by Bertuzzi in a March, 2004 National Hockey League game between Vancouver and Colorado ended Moore's career.
The original lawsuit filed by Moore and family asked for $15 million.
After the beginning of discovery, the suit was altered, and the asking price went to $38 million.
Bertuzzi's lawyers had asked that depositions by the hockey player and the general manager be sealed by the courts. But the ruling yesterday went in the opposite direction.
Should there be no appeal by attorneys for Orca Bay or Bertuzzi, the documents will be available by 2 p.m. today.