The civil case between former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore and Todd Bertuzzi has officially been settled.
After weeks of rumors saying the two sides agreed to an out-of-court settlement, Moore released a statement on Thursday afternoon declaring the case closed.
“The legal case for the loss of my NHL career is over. I have accepted a settlement agreement which has now been finalized and signed by all the parties.”
Moore said the settlement comes with “mixed emotions” because while his dream of continuing to play in the NHL is gone, he’s pleased the burden of an “unresolved legal case” won’t be weighing on his or his family’s mind.
Details of the settlement will likely never be known due to confidentiality agreements – something that was a sticking point in earlier reports of the case being settled.
It was March 8, 2004 when Bertuzzi, as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, attacked Moore from behind giving him three broken vertebrae and a concussion that ended his career. Bertuzzi was suspended for the incident but returned to play after the 2004-05 lockout. Moore never played again.
We still haven’t heard from Steve Moore’s camp on an agreement reached in the Moore-Todd Bertuzzi lawsuit, but further signs the two sides are close were reported by TSN’s Rick Westhead Thursday.
According to Westhead, the two sides are currently negotiating the terms of a confidentiality agreement. In his report, Westhead says even if there were issues with coming to terms on a confidentiality agreement, an arbitrator would step in.
The trial was scheduled to be heard in Ontario Superior Court beginning Sept. 8.
Related: Report: Moore, Bertuzzi still negotiating confidentiality pact
Former Vancouver Canucks owner John McCaw Jr. is being ordered to testify in the Steve Moore civil case against the Canucks and Todd Bertuzzi in September.
Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun reports a U.S. District Court in Seattle has ordered McCaw to take the stand at the September 8 trial, over 10 years after the incident that ended Moore’s career. The former Canucks owner (he sold his stake in 2006) has reportedly ignored requests to appear at the trial and the court in Seattle as well as one in Ontario have called for him to speak.
It’s unknown if McCaw will comply with the order, but Simmons says he would be allowed to testify via video. Moore’s attorneys feel McCaw was “well aware” of the threats of retaliation made by Canucks players ahead of the February 16, 2004 incident.
Bertuzzi is set to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Moore’s career was ended after he suffered a concussion and three broken vertebrae when he was attacked by Bertuzzi.