Closure: Bertuzzi-Moore case officially settled

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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.