|Born||February 2, 1975 |
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
|Detroit Red Wings|
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||23rd overall, 1993|
New York Islanders
Todd Bertuzzi (born on February 2, 1975) is is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey winger of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Known as a power forward, he has additionally played in the NHL for the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames.
He was selected 23rd overall by the New York Islanders in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
Internationally, he has competed for Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, as well as the 1998 and 2000 World Championships.
In March of 2004, Todd became known for an incident in which Steve Moore was seriously injured which effectively ending his professional career.
- 1 Playing Career
- 2 The Steve Moore Incident
- 3 Career Statistics
- 4 Awards & Achievements
- 5 Career Transactions
- 6 International Play
- 7 Personal Life
Playing Career[edit | edit source]
Guelph Storm (1991-1995)[edit | edit source]
After playing for two minor hockey teams based out of Sudbury, Ontario in 1990–91, Todd was selected in the first round (fifth overall) by the Guelph Storm in the 1991 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection.
Todd's future coach with the Vancouver Canucks, Marc Crawford, passed on Todd during the draft while he was general manager of the Cornwall Royals; he has recalled not selecting him due to "maturity issues" and that he was "a big kid who hadn't grown into his body yet."
Todd started his OHL career for Guelph in 1991–92, recording 21 points over 42 games as a rookie. He missed the last 15 games of the regular season due to suspension as a result of kicking opposing defenceman Brad Barton during a contest between the Storm and Kitchener Rangers.
After improving to 58 points over 60 games in 1992–93, Todd was selected 23rd overall by the New York Islanders in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
The NHL Central Scouting Bureau described him as a "physical and strong player with good skating who checks hard and is offensively effective in close proximity to the net."
Following his NHL draft, Todd underwent surgery for chipped bones in his left elbow in August of 1993. As a result, he was unable to participate in the Islanders' training camp in September and was returned to the OHL.
Playing in his third season for Guelph, he improved to 28 goals and 82 points over 61 games. Todd competed for an Islanders' roster spot at their 1994 training camp, but was sent back to his junior team after going scoreless in three exhibition games.
During his last campaign with Guelph in 1994–95, Todd recorded 119 points (sixth overall in the league). His 54 goals established a single-season team record, beating Mike Prokopec's mark, set the previous year, by two goals.
The Storm's forward tandem of Todd and Jeff O'Neill, who finished fourth in league scoring, led the club to the best regular season record in the league. He went on to add a team-leading 33 points in 14 playoff games, en route to an OHL Finals loss to the Detroit Junior Red Wings.
After four seasons with Guelph, Todd left the club ranked third all-time in career points with 280, behind O'Neill and Martin St. Pierre.
New York Islanders (1995-1998)[edit | edit source]
Two years after his draft, Todd and the Islanders had not yet been agreed to a contract. With Bertuzzi eligible to re-enter the draft if the Islanders did not sign him by July 7, 1995, general manager Don Maloney made it apparent that he would use the team's second overall pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft to select him again if a contract could not be agreed upon by the required date.
Moments before the midnight deadline, the Islanders were able to sign Todd to a four-year, US$4.6 million contract.
His agent, Pat Morris had reportedly wanted a similar deal to that of fellow Islanders prospect Brett Lindros, a five-year, $6.7 million contract signed the previous summer.
During training camp in September of 1995, Islanders head coach Mike Milbury heralded Todd as the team's best performing forward. Making his NHL debut on October 7, 1995, he scored a wrap around goal against goaltender Blaine Lacher in a 4–4 tie with the Boston Bruins.
Beginning the season on the team's top line with Zigmund Palffy and Travis Green, Todd finished his rookie year with 18 goals and 39 points over 76 games. The following season, he recorded 23 points in 64 games.
The Islanders did not qualify for the playoffs in either of his two full seasons with the club, ranking second-last in the Eastern Conference in 1995–96 and 1996–97. His playing style as a power forward resulted in comparisons to former Islander Clark Gillies.
As a result, the club hired Gillies to personally mentor Todd. Failing to meet lofty expectations from the club, Gillies once said of Todd, "If you're built like a freight train, you can't drive around like a Volkswagen."
Feeling burdened with the pressure of playing up to the club's expectations while his offensive production diminished, Todd requested to be traded away at one point during the 1996–97 season.
In response, Milbury (who had also taken over general manager duties the previous season) demoted Todd to the Islanders' minor league affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies of the International Hockey League (IHL).
Playing 13 games in the minors, he registered 10 points before being called back up to the NHL. During the 1997–98 campaign, he continued to score below his pace as a rookie.
On February 6, 1998, Todd was traded along with defenceman Bryan McCabe and a third-round selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (Jarkko Ruutu) to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for veteran forward Trevor Linden.
The deal was made prior to the NHL's roster freeze in preparation for the 1998 Winter Olympics. Todd and McCabe had both been widely regarded as the players of the future for New York after their respective drafts in 1993.
While Milbury expressed regret at having to trade McCabe, relations between Todd and the club were strained. Welcoming the trade, Todd commented that "things weren't working out [in New York]."
Vancouver Canucks (1998-2006)[edit | edit source]
Todd immediately began producing with Vancouver, tallying 15 points in 22 games after the trade. Combined with his totals from New York, he finished with 23 points over 74 games in 1997–98.
Contrasting his strained relationship with Milbury in New York, Canucks head coach Mike Keenan has recalled his experience with Todd upon his arrival as positive: "He came as a young player and he was very open-minded about learning about the game."
Similar to the Islanders, Todd joined a struggling club in Vancouver; the team finished last in the Western Conference in his first two seasons after the trade.
After beginning the 1998–99 season on the Canucks' top line, Todd was limited to 32 games due to injuries, the first of which was a fractured tibia that occured on November 1, 1998. He suffered the injury after a shot by teammate Mattias Ohlund hit him in the leg.
His season was later ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, suffered during a game on March 5, 1999. He recorded 8 goals and 16 points in 1998–99.
In the off-season, Todd became a restricted free agent and was re-signed by the Canucks to a two-year contract in September of 1999. The deal was reported by The Vancouver Sun to be worth a little over $2 million.
Returning from injury the following season, Todd emerged as one of the Canucks' best offensive contributors, finishing with 25 goals (second on the team to Markus Naslund) and 50 points in 1999–2000.
At the end of the season, he received the team's Most Exciting Player Award, as voted by the fans. He received the distinction three more times during his career with the Canucks from 2002 to 2004).
Meanwhile, the Canucks began improving as a team, finishing four points out of a playoff spot in the West in 2000.
The following season, Todd recorded his first career NHL hat trick, recording all three goals on the power play against San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov in a 6–3 win on December 30, 2000.
Todd recorded a second consecutive 25-goal season in 2000–01, adding 30 assists for 55 points, third in team scoring behind Näslund and Andrew Cassels. His -18 plus-minus rating, however, was a team-worst.
The Canucks continued to improve, qualifying for the post-season for the first time in five years. Entering the 2001 playoffs as the final and eighth seed in the West, they were eliminated in the first round by the Colorado Avalanche.
Todd scored two goals and two assists over four games in his first NHL post-season appearance. In the off-season, he filed for salary arbitration after initially failing to come to terms on a new contract with the Canucks. Both sides avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year deal on July 26, 2001.
In the first month of the 2001–02 season, Todd received an automatic 10-game suspension from the league (forfeiting $118,557 in salary) after leaving the bench to help teammate Ed Jovanovski in a fight.
The incident occurred during a game against the Colorado Avalanche in which opposing coach Bob Hartley sent enforcer Scott Parker onto the ice as the extra attacker during a delayed penalty. Parker proceeded to physically engage Jovanovski at which point Todd left the bench to help his teammate.
Vancouver struggled with him out of the lineup, winning 3 games during the 10-game span. Two months after returning from suspension, Todd went 15 consecutive games with at least a point, scoring 7 goals and 12 assists from January 3rd to February 4, 2002. The streak tied Petr Nedved for the longest in Canucks history.
During that span, in a game on January 9th, Canucks head coach Marc Crawford replaced Andrew Cassels with Brendan Morrison, marking the beginning of what was considered by many to be the most effective line combination in the league for several seasons.
Todd had emerged as an effective power forward, able to use his size and strength to position himself in front of the net, with good stickhandling ability.
According to Canucks assistant coach Jack McIlhargey, Todd's skill set favourably complemented Näslund's goal-scoring and Morrison's playmaking abilities. The trio were dubbed by Vancouver media as the "West Coast Express," named after the city's commuter rail service of the same name.
Late in the 2001–02 season, he recorded his second career hat trick on March 19, 2002, during a win against the New York Rangers. He scored his first two goals of the game against Dan Blackburn and his third into an empty net.
Despite missing 10 games from his suspension, Todd finished the 2001–02 season third in league-scoring with 85 points, behind Näslund and Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla. His 1.18 points-per-game average ranked second in the league behind Mario Lemieux, who played 48 fewer games than Todd.
Todd also improved his plus-minus rating by 39 points from the previous season, finishing a career-high +21. Although the Canucks were the league's highest scoring team, they finished with the final seed in the West for the 2002 playoffs, ranking eighth in their conference.
Facing the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round, they were eliminated in six games. Todd recorded four points during the series.
The following season, Todd appeared in his first NHL All-Star Game. He was joined by fellow Canucks Markus Näslund, defenceman Ed Jovanovski and head coach Marc Crawford, helping the Western Conference to a 6–5 shootout win against the East. He played on a line with Näslund and Peter Forsberg.
Later in the season, Todd notched his third career hat trick on March 17, 2003, scoring three goals against Ron Tugnutt in a game against the Dallas Stars. finished the season with career-highs of 46 goals (third in the league), 51 assists and 97 points (fifth in the league).
His 25 power play goals led the league and tied Pavel Bure for the Canucks single-season record.
Linemates Näslund and Morrison also recorded personal bests with 104 and 71 points, respectively. Meanwhile, the Canucks emerged as a top team in the West. Losing the Northwest Division title to the Avalanche by one point in the regular season, they finished as the fourth seed in their conference.
After going down three-games-to-one in the opening round against the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver won three straight games to advance to the second round.
Facing the Minnesota Wild, the Canucks gave up their own three-games-to-one series lead and were eliminated in seven games.
During the series, Todd had reportedly walked by the Xcel Energy Center box office and told Wild fans they would not need their Game 6 tickets because Minnesota would be eliminated by then. In another on-ice incident, he skated by the opposing bench during Game 7 when the Canucks were winning 2–0, telling Wild players to "get [their] golf clubs."
Despite his successful regular season, Todd struggled to score in the playoffs, recording 6 points in 14 games. In the off-season, he was named with Näslund to the NHL First All-Star Team.
With Todd entering the final year of his contract, the Canucks began negotiating a contract extension prior to the 2003–04 season. Despite his agent, Pat Morris, declaring that they would cease negotiations once the season began, Todd signed a four-year, $27.8 million deal with the Canucks on October 23, 2003.
The contract took effect immediately, erasing the last year on his previous contract, and included a $3 million signing bonus ($2.5 million paid in the first year and $500,000 in the second).
The deal paid him $4.3 million the first year, $6.633 million the second year and $6.933 for the third and fourth.
In January of 2004, Todd was voted by league fans to the starting lineup of the NHL All-Star Game. Representing the Western Conference alongside Näslund and Canucks head coach Marc Crawford, they were defeated by the East 6–4. He had two assists while playing on a line with Näslund and Joe Sakic.
Nearing the end of the 2003–04 season, Todd was indefinitely suspended by the NHL for punching Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore from behind during a game on March 8, 2004. His actions were a retaliation to a hit from Moore on Näslund during a previous game.
Sitting out the remainder of the regular season and playoffs due to his suspension, Steve finished 2003–04 with 60 points over 69 games.
Vancouver replaced Todd on the team's top line by Matt Cooke and went on to their first Northwest Division title before being eliminated in the first round of the 2004 playoffs by the Calgary Flames.
Inactive in 2004–05 due to the players lockout and his ongoing suspension, which had been extended internationally, Todd returned to the Canucks in 2005–06, as the league ended his playing ban. He recorded 25 goals and 71 points, including two hat tricks (November 13, 2005, against the Detroit Red Wings and January 14, 2006, against the New York Islanders).
Though he ranked third in team scoring, Crawford has recalled that by the end of the season, Näslund and Todd had been eclipsed by Daniel and Henrik Sedin as the team's offensive leaders.
There was speculation that the effects of the Steve Moore incident (which included assault charges and constant media coverage) were negatively affecting Todd's play. While on the road, he was consistently heckled and booed by fans throughout the NHL.
Näslund, a close friend of Todd's, later expressed sympathy for him, saying in a 2008 interview, "It still bothers me what Todd has had to go through...There's no question he was standing up for me...it all went too far."
Beyond the negative impact on Bertuzzi's individual play, the media speculated that the fallout from the Moore incident had become a distraction to the organization as a whole.
Compounding the situation in Vancouver, the Canucks had missed the playoffs for the first time in four years. As such, general manager Dave Nonis spent the off-season making significant changes to the Canucks lineup.
On June 23, 2006, he traded Todd to the Florida Panthers along with goaltender Alex Auld and defenceman Bryan Allen in exchange for goaltender Roberto Luongo, defenceman Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft (Sergei Shirokov).
After seven-and-a-half seasons with the Canucks, Todd left the club ranked seventh all-time among franchise scoring leaders with 449 points.
Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks (2006–08)[edit | edit source]
Instrumental in facilitating the trade to Florida was Todd's positive relationship with Panthers general manager Mike Keenan, who was his first coach in Vancouver.
Debuting with the Panthers on October 6, 2006, he scored a goal and three assists in an 8–3 win against the Boston Bruins. He appeared in six more games for Florida, notching seven points total, before being sidelined with back spasms.
After being diagnosed with a herniated disc in early-November, Todd opted for surgery which kept him out of the lineup for five months.
While recovering, the Panthers dealt Todd to the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline in exchange for forward prospect Shawn Matthias and conditional draft picks. He was in the last year of his contract with no guarantee he would re-sign with Florida in the off-season.
On March 22, 2007, Todd returned to action on March 22, 2007, debuting with his new team in a 2–1 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Eight days later, he scored his first goal as a Red Wing in a 4–3 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars.
On April 7, he suffered a neck injury that kept him out of the lineup for the last game of the regular season and the first two games of the 2007 playoffs. He finished the campaign with 11 points in 15 games split between Florida and Detroit.
During the playoffs, the Red Wings advanced to the Western Conference Finals where they lost in six games to the Anaheim Ducks, who went on to win the Stanley Cup. Todd recorded 7 points in 16 playoff games.
Becoming an unrestricted free agent in the off-season, Todd agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks on July 2, 2007.
Signing him was Ducks general manager Brian Burke, who had served as the Canucks general manager during his time in Vancouver. Todd had reportedly been in negotiations to re-sign with Detroit, but the club only wanted a one-year deal.
Playing the Red Wings in the Ducks' first game of the regular season on October 3, 2007, he registered a goal and an assist in a 3–2 shootout loss.
In the first month of the 2007–08 campaign, Todd suffered a concussion and was sidelined for 14 games in October and November 2007.
He returned to the lineup in time for the Ducks' away game against the Canucks on November 27, which marked his first NHL game in Vancouver since being traded away. Bertuzzi was received warmly by Canucks fans, as the Ducks lost the game 4–0.
Playing in 68 contests over the season, he registered 40 points with Anaheim.
Entering the 2008 playoffs as the defending champions, the Ducks were eliminated in the first round four games to two by the Dallas Stars. In six playoff contests, Todd recorded two assists.
Calgary Flames (2008–09)[edit | edit source]
During the subsequent summer, several Ducks players were set to become free agents, including high-profile forward Corey Perry.
Requiring additional salary cap space to make room for defenceman Scott Niedermayer, who announced he was returning for another season, Todd was placed on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out the remaining year on his contract.
Addressing Todd's buy out with the media, Burke asserted that he "believe[d] [Bertuzzi] can still play at the NHL level" and that the Ducks were merely "handcuffed by [their] salary cap situation."
He once again became an unrestricted free agent and signed a one-year, $1.95 million contract with the Calgary Flames on July 7, 2008. Joining Calgary, he was reunited with Flames coach Mike Keenan.
Before the start of the 2008–09 season, Todd switched jersey numbers from 4 to 7, in honour of his boyhood idol, Phil Esposito. The numbers 44 (which Bertuzzi wore in New York, Vancouver and Detroit) and 4 (which he wore in Anaheim) were already taken in Calgary.
On October 12, 2008, Todd scored his first goal with the Flames, deflecting a Dion Phaneuf shot in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
While initial fan reaction to Todd was negative due to his previous role with the division-rival Canucks (as well as his reputation following the Steve Moore incident), he was eventually accepted in Calgary. In January of 2009, he missed five games due to a back injury.
Several months later, he was sidelined again with a knee injury and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged cartilage on March 3, 2009.
Missing 11 games, Todd returned in time for the 2009 playoffs where the Flames were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round. He finished his only season in Calgary with 44 points in 66 regular season games, while adding a goal and an assist in six playoff contests.
Return to Detroit (2009–2014)[edit | edit source]
On August 18, 2009, Todd re-joined the Red Wings by accepting a one-year contract with the club worth $1.5 million. He recorded 44 points (18 goals and 26 assists) in 2009–10, ranking fifth in team scoring.
During the second round of the 2010 playoffs, he recorded a career-high five-point contest (a goal and four assists) in a Game 4 victory against the San Jose Sharks. Bertuzzi finished with a playoffs career-high 11 points in 12 games.
In the off-season, Todd signed a two-year, $3.875 million contract extension with the Red Wings on June 16, 2010. During the 2010–11 season, he appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on February 20, 2011, against the Minnesota Wild. He scored a shootout goal to help Detroit win the game 2–1.
Dressing for 81 games that season, Todd ranked seventh in team scoring with 45 points (16 goals and 29 assists). During the 2011 playoffs, he added 6 points (2 goals and 4 assists) over 11 games as the Red Wings were eliminated in the second round by the San Jose Sharks.
During his time with Detroit, Todd has earned praise from head coach Mike Babcock and his teammates for adapting his playing style to be more defensively responsible. He credited the influence of teammates Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, both successful two-way players in the league.
Binghamton Senators Tryout and Retirement (2015)[edit | edit source]
On January 9, 2015, Todd signed a professional tryout contract with the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators in hopes to get a contract with Ottawa.
He was released from his professional tryout offer with Binghamton on January 21, 2015, after posting no points and a minus-3 rating in his 2 games played with the Senators. He subsequently retired that year.
The Steve Moore Incident[edit | edit source]
On February 16, 2004, during a game between Vancouver and Colorado, Avalanche center Steve Moore injured Canucks team captain Markus Naslund by checking him in the head while Naslund was reaching for the puck ahead of him.
Naslund (the league's leading scorer at the time) suffered a minor concussion and a bone chip in his elbow as a result of the hit, knocking him out of the lineup for three games.
Referee Dan Marouelli did not call a penalty, ruling the hit legal, a judgement shared by the league upon further review after the game.
Canucks head coach Marc Crawford publicly criticized the no-infraction call, claiming that Marouelli and his partner, Rob Martell, needed to show "respect" for the league's leading scorer.
Vancouver president and general manager Brian Burke, the league's former chief disciplinarian, described the play as "a marginal player going after a superstar with a headhunting hit".
Several Canucks players were also vocal against Steve in the media. In particular, forward Brad May issued a "bounty" on Steve while Todd called him a "piece of s---."
Näslund missed three games as a result of the hit and returned in time for the next game between the Canucks and Avalanche on March 3. With NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in attendance, the contest was played to a 5–5 tie without incident.
In a rematch five days later, however, the Canucks were more active in physically pursuing Steve. In one of four fights in the first period, Canucks forward Matt Cooke fought Steve six minutes into the game.
At the first intermission, NHL executive vice-president Colin Campbell and director of officiating Andy van Hellemond placed a phone call to the two referees overseeing the game to discuss the potential for an escalation in physicality.
With Colorado leading 8–2 midway through the third period, Bertuzzi began following Moore around the ice, attempting to provoke him into another fight.
With Steve ignoring him, Todd grabbed his jersey from behind and punched him in the back of the head with Steve's face hitting the ice as they both fell down. Todd (as well as several other players from both teams) landed atop Steve as he fell to the ice.
Canucks fans initially cheered at Todd's actions, but as it became apparent Steve was seriously injured, the arena became silent. After lying on the ice for approximately 10 minutes, Steve was removed from the playing surface on a stretcher.
With eight minutes remaining in the third period, Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix reportedly asked referees to end the game. The contest was nonetheless played out with the Avalanche winning 9–2.
Steve was taken to Vancouver General Hospital and later transferred to a Denver hospital where he was treated for three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a grade three concussion, vertebral ligament damage, stretching of the brachial plexus nerves and facial lacerations. He also suffered from amnesia.
Two days after the incident, Todd scheduled a press conference in which he wept and apologized to Moore and his family as well as to Burke, Canucks owner John McCaw, Jr., the Canucks organization, his teammates, and the fans. He added, "For the kids that watch this game, I'm truly sorry. I don't play the game that way. And I'm not a mean-spirited person."
NHL & IIHF Disciplinary Actions[edit | edit source]
Todd was assessed a match penalty and ejected from the game. Per league rules, he was also suspended indefinitely pending a ruling from Bettman.
On the morning of his apology, Todd attended a disciplinary hearing with NHL officials in Toronto, along with his agent, Pat Morris and Brian Burke.
The following day, on March 11, 2004, the league ruled that Todd would remain suspended for at least the remainder of the Canucks' season which ultimately cost him the final 13 games of the regular season plus seven playoff games. The Canucks were additionally fined $250,000.
While the following NHL season was suspended due to the 2004–05 lockout, many players went overseas to play in Europe.
Upon learning that Todd was intending to do the same, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) extended his NHL suspension to cover their jurisdiction. Releasing a statement on December 17, 2004, the IIHF described Todd's actions as "an extremely serious violation of the rules" which put "the sport into disrepute."
The decision was based on an IIHF statute which allows it to bar any player from playing internationally if he has been deemed "detrimental to the best interest" of hockey.
Suspended by both the NHL and IIHF, Todd remained professionally inactive during the 2004–05 season. The IIHF's sanction also kept him from representing Canada in the 2004 and 2005 World Championships, as well as the 2004 World Cup. He did, however, participate with other NHL players in a December 2004 charity game, held in Vancouver.
The game was organized by Brad May in partnership with the Vancouver Giants, a junior club in the Western Hockey League (WHL), and raised funds for Canuck Place, a Vancouver children's hospice sponsored by the Canucks. Todd received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd.
Though the NHL lockout had not yet been resolved between the league and the players, Bettman scheduled a reinstatement hearing for Todd on April 26, 2005. The hearing was attended separately by Bertuzzi and Moore.
After the lockout officially ended and the NHL was set to resume play for the 2005–06 season, Bettman announced Todd's reinstatement on August 8th, citing that "Mr. Bertuzzi ha[d] paid a very significant price for his conduct" adding that he felt that Todd was "genuinely remorseful and apologetic."
Todd's 17-month suspension caused him to miss a total of 20 games—the fourth-longest suspension in NHL history at the time.
The suspension accounted for $501,926.39 in forfeited salary, as well as an approximate $350,000 in lost endorsements. Bettman also cited "uncertainty, anxiety, stress and emotional pain for the Bertuzzi family" resulting from the suspension as a reason for his reinstatement.
On the day of his reinstatement, Team Canada's executive director, Wayne Gretzky offered him a spot on the national team's summer orientation camp in preparation for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
A week later, Bertuzzi broke his 17-month-long public silence by again admitting to his mistake and expressing a desire to move on with his life. He stated, "I'm sure just like Steve Moore and his family, it's been difficult for both parties. I know I wish that day never happened. It's been some tough times, but I've got good family and good friends and good peers in the league that have helped me get over the hump and move forward and come through it."
Legal Actions[edit | edit source]
Beyond his NHL and IIHF suspensions, legal action was taken against Todd in the provincial courts of British Columbia and Ontario as well as in Colorado state court.
After a four-month investigation, the criminal justice branch of the Attorney General of British Columbia announced on June 24, 2004, Todd was being formally charged with assault causing bodily harm. With the charge, he faced up to one-and-a-half years in prison.
Several months later, on December 22, 2004, Todd pled guilty to the assault charge after arranging a plea bargain with prosecutors. He was given a conditional discharge requiring 80 hours of community service and a year's probation that additionally prohibited him from playing in any hockey game that Steve was competing in.
Under Canadian law, Todd's successful completion of his probationary period precluded him from a criminal record.
Steve expressed disappointment regarding Todd's discharge and was upset that he was unable to attend the court date, having to issue a written victim statement instead.
Steve's lawyer, Tim Danson, was given one day's notice of the court date following Todd's plea bargain, which he said was insufficient time for Moore to travel to Vancouver.
On February 17, 2005, Todd filed a lawsuit in a Colorado court against him. Also named in the lawsuit were numerous individuals within the Canucks organization, including Brad May (Todd's teammate at the time who was quoted as saying that there would "definitely be a price on Moore's head" after Moore's hit on Näslund), Brian Burke, Marc Crawford as well as the Canucks organization as a whole and the Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment company that owned the team.
The lawsuit was thrown out in October of 2005 as the Colorado judge ruled the case was better suited for Canadian courts as Steve and all the defendants were Canadian citizens.
Planning to appeal the decision, Danson stated publicly the following month that Steve had begun skating and doing regular workouts, but continued to suffer concussion-related symptoms.
On February 16, 2006 (on the day of Todd's first Olympic game with Team Canada), Steve filed another lawsuit in the Ontario Superior Court against Bertuzzi, the Canucks, and Orca Bay, seeking CAD$15 million in pecuniary damages for loss of income, CAD$1 million for aggravated damages, and CAD$2 million for punitive damages.
Moore's parents (who were watching their son on television when the attack happened) also sued, seeking CAD$1.5 million for "negligent infliction of nervous shock and mental distress."
Steve's lawyer filed the suit one day before its two-year limitation expired, denying there was any connection between the timing and Todd's participation in the 2006 Winter Olympics.
In December of 2006, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and top lieutenant Bill Daly facilitated a meeting between Steve's representatives and the defendants in hopes of agreeing on an out-of-court settlement.
As court proceedings continued into the next year, Danson misfiled a confidential letter to Bertuzzi's lawyer, Geoffrey Adair as a public document. The letter revealed that in July of 2006, Adair asked Danson in a meeting whether Steve would accept a CAD$1 million settlement. Danson indicated that the figure was insufficient.
The letter also revealed that Bertuzzi and Orca Bay subsequently offered a joint settlement of CAD$350,000 in the December 2006 meeting with Bettman several months later, an amount Danson described as insulting.
During the lawsuit's discovery process, Danson asked the Ontario judge to void the formal transfer of Todd's CAD$1.2 million home in Kitchener, Ontario, to his wife which occurred five weeks after his actions against Steve. It was argued that the transfer was intended to "make Bertuzzi creditor-proof to the greatest extent possible."
Meanwhile, Adair expressed his concern regarding the leaked letter between him and Danson impairing the possibility of a fair trial.
In December of 2007, Todd further amended the suit, seeking an increased CAD$35 million for loss of income and CAD$3.5 million for the suffering of his parents.
That same month, the Ontario Superior Court released statements pertaining to the lawsuit in which Bertuzzi testified that Crawford was to blame for his actions against Moore, an allegation corroborated by new Canucks general manager Dave Nonis, who was then director of hockey operations for the club.
Todd claimed that the Crawford told players during the second intermission of the March 8th game that Moore needed to "pay the price" for his earlier hit against Naslund. Statements filed from Danson further claimed that Crawford had pointed to Moore's name and number on a board in the Canucks' dressing room during the intermission, calling for the players to take action.
The Canucks formally denied both parties' claims, saying "At no time did the Vancouver Canucks organization or any of its management and employees, including former coach Mr. Crawford, encourage or promote the incident that occurred between Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore."
In lieu of the allegations against Crawford, Todd filed a third-party complaint against his former coach on March 3, 2008.
Todd alleged that he was contractually obliged to obey Crawford and that the coach should be held personally liable for any legal damages that Steve might be awarded in court.
In response, Crawford formally stated that Bertuzzi acted in "direct disobedience" to orders from the bench to get off the ice before attacking Moore.
The suit was settled between the two in July of 2011, though details regarding the agreement were kept undisclosed to Danson and Steve. The following year, a court decision required the settlement details to be revealed as part of the Moore-Bertuzzi trial.
Five years after filing the Ontario suit, Danson told reporters in March 2011 that the case had not yet proceeded in order to fully gauge the extent of Steve's injury. At the time, he was not yet employed and still experiencing headaches.
The trial involving Todd and Moore was scheduled to begin in 2012 with the date being September 24th or October 22nd depending on whether Todd is still active in the NHL before the September date.
In October of 2013, it was announced that the court date for the trial between Steve Moore and the Vancouver Canucks/Bertuzzi would be September 8, 2014.
On July 2, 2014, during Steve Moore's first appearance at his civil trial, he further amended the lawsuit, seeking CAD$68 million in damages, up from CAD$38 million.
On August 19, 2014, it was announced that an out-of-court settlement had been reached in Steve Moore's lawsuit. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|1990–91||Sudbury Wolf Cubs||OMHA||42||7||14||21||145||28||19||26||45||77|
|1995–96||New York Islanders||NHL||76||18||21||39||83||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||New York Islanders||NHL||64||10||13||23||68||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||New York Islanders||NHL||52||7||11||18||58||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||8||2||2||4||6||16||3||4||7||15|
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||82||18||26||44||80||12||2||9||11||12|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||81||16||29||45||71||11||2||4||6||15|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||71||14||24||38||64||5||0||0||0||9|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||7||2||1||3||2||6||0||0||0||2|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||59||9||7||16||40||1||0||0||0||2|
International[edit | edit source]
Awards & Achievements[edit | edit source]
- OHL Second All-Star Team (1995)
- Most Exciting Player Award (Vancouver Canucks) (2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004)
- NHL First All-Star Team (2003)
- NHL All-Star Game (2003 and 2004)
Records[edit | edit source]
- Guelph Storm team record; most goals, single season—54 in 1994–95 (surpassed Mike Prokopec, 52 goals in 1992–93)
- Vancouver Canucks team record; longest point-scoring streak—15 games (7 goals, 12 assists; January 3rd–February 4, 2003) (tied with Petr Nedved; November 19th– December 27, 1992)
- Vancouver Canucks team record; most powerplay goals, single season—25 in 2002–03 (tied with Pavel Bure)
Career Transactions[edit | edit source]
- June 26, 1993: Drafted 23rd overall by the New York Islanders
- July 6, 1995: Signed to a four-year, $4.6 million contract with the New York Islanders
- February 6, 1998: Traded to the Vancouver Canucks from the New York Islanders with Bryan McCabe and a 3rd round choice in 1998 (Jarkko Ruutu) for Trevor Linden
- September 1999: Re-signed to a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks
- October 27, 2003: Signed a four-year, $27.9 million contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks
- March 11, 2004: Suspended indefinitely by the NHL for deliberate injury to Steve Moore in a game versus the Colorado Avalanche
- August 8, 2005: Officially reinstated by the NHL
- June 23, 2006: Traded to the Florida Panthers by the Vancouver Canucks with Bryan Allen and Alex Auld for Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft choice in 2006 (Sergei Shirokov)
- February 27, 2007: Traded to the Detroit Red Wings by the Florida Panthers for prospect Shawn Matthias and conditional draft picks
- July 2, 2007: Signed a two-year, $8 million contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Anaheim Ducks
- June 28, 2008: Placed on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks; subsequently bought out
- July 7, 2008: Signed a one-year $1.95 million contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Calgary Flames
- August 18, 2009: Signed a one-year $1.5 million contract as an unrestricted free agent with the Detroit Red Wings
- May 10, 2010: Signed a two-year, $3.85 million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings
International Play[edit | edit source]
Todd debuted internationally for Team Canada at the 1998 World Championships in Switzerland.
He was among the youngest players selected to the team (along with Canucks teammate Bryan McCabe and Chicago Blackhawks forward Eric Daze) who were all born in 1975 (third-string goaltender Christian Bronsard was two years younger, but did not play in any games).
In six games, Todd recorded three points, as Canada failed to qualify for the medal rounds.
Two years later, Todd competed at the 2000 World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of five Canucks players chosen to the national team, he was joined by Adrian Aucoin, Ed Jovanovski, Brendan Morrison and Peter Schaefer.
Todd's second tournament appearance was more productive, as he scored nine points in nine games (the first among Canadian players and fourth overall) while also leading the tournament in penalty minutes with 47. Canada did not medal, losing to Finland in the semifinal by a 2–1 score.
Todd's 63 total penalty minutes from both tournament appearances set an all-time Canadian record for World Championship competitors since 1977 (when Canada resumed competing in the tournament.
In December of 2005, Todd was controversially selected to play for Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. His inclusion (along with that of Dany Heatley and Shane Doan) was discussed at length by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC).
The committee had concerns stemming from the Steve Moore incident and Todd's probationary status, but they subsequently approved his representation of Canada at the Olympics.
According to a Canadian Press article: "[COC president] Chambers said the [unusual meeting] was prompted by some media concerns raised over the three athletes participating in the Games. The fact it took the committee so long to approve the list means there was some debate."
Todd went on to post three points (all assists) at the 2006 Olympics, tying for second in team scoring with nine other players.
Canada failed to advance past the quarterfinal, losing to Russia by a 2–0 score. They finished in seventh place overall after winning gold at the previous Winter Olympics in 2002.
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Todd's father Albert Bertuzzi, is an Italian-Canadian who worked as a miner and in the window-washing business. When Todd was a teenager, Albert survived a near-fatal car accident in which he was thrown from the vehicle through the windshield.
His father has stated that he was proud of his own local reputation as a "dirty player" and referred to it as a "Bertuzzi trait." He has said that Bertuzzi takes after him in regards to his toughness and aggression.
Todd's great-uncle, Larry Bertuzzi is a Toronto-based lawyer who has done arbitration work for the NHL.
Growing up, Bertuzzi played minor hockey with the Nickel Centre and Sudbury Minor Hockey programs. In 1990–91, Bertuzzi played as an underaged player in the major midget ranks with the Sudbury Capitals AAA team.
Physically built as a power forward throughout his youth, Todd stood 6 feet and 2 inches (1.88 metres) and weighed 195 pounds (88.5 kilograms) by the time he was 15 years old.
In July of 1996, Todd married his wife Julie. They have two children: a son named Tag and a daughter named Jaden.
Todd is a recreational golfer and has credited the sport with allowing him to relax more as a hockey player. During his 10-game suspension from the NHL in October and November of 2001, he played golf to focus his energy. Afterwards, he made it a custom to go to the driving range before every game.
Todd's nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, who played for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) was drafted 58th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.