VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore
will miss the rest of the season with a broken neck after a hit by Vancouver's
Todd Bertuzzi that prompted a police investigation.
Moore also sustained a concussion and deep facial cuts, the Avalanche said
Tuesday. He will remain hospitalized in Vancouver indefinitely, Colorado
trainer Pat Karns said.
Bertuzzi has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing at the NHL office
in Toronto on Wednesday.
Moore was slugged in the side of the head by Bertuzzi late in Monday night's
game, a 9-2 Colorado victory. Bertuzzi struck him from behind and drove his
head into the ice. Moore landed face-first _ with Bertuzzi on top of him _ and
lay in a pool of blood for several minutes before he was removed on a
B.C. Solicitor General Rich Coleman and Vancouver police said Tuesday a
preliminary investigation has begun.
This will be the second time in recent years Vancouver police have become
involved in an on-ice hit at an NHL game. Former NHL tough guy Marty McSorley
was charged for hitting then-Vancouver Canuck Donald Brashear with his stick in
Vancouver players had vowed to get even with Moore for a Feb. 16 hit that
knocked out star Markus Naslund for three games with a concussion. Nothing
happened in last week's rematch in Denver, a 5-5 tie attended by NHL
commissioner Gary Bettman.
The Avalanche said that when Moore's condition improves, he will be
transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver and evaluated by neurosurgeons.
``Steve knows he has the support of the entire Avalanche family and hockey
fans throughout the world, and we hope that he recovers as soon as possible,''
Avalanche president and general manager Pierre Lacroix said.
Vancouver general manager Brian Burke said Bertuzzi was ``too distraught''
to attend Tuesday's news conference, but the Canucks right wing tried to
contact Moore at the hospital.
``That to me shows the sincerity more than any statement that we could
issue,'' Burke said.
``He's remorseful, and relieved that Mr. Moore's injuries at this point
appear, that a full recovery should be possible,'' Burke added.
The general manager said he'll attend the NHL hearing with Bertuzzi.
Bertuzzi, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, was an All-Star last season when he was
fifth in the league in scoring. This year, he was an All-Star again and has 60
points, 23rd in the league.
Moore is a checking forward on a team stacked with stars. The rookie center
has four goals and seven assists this season.
McSorley, while with the Boston Bruins, drew a one-year suspension for using
his stick to hit Brashear on the side of the head. Brashear was knocked
unconscious and missed 20 games with a concussion.
McSorley was tried in court and received a conditional sentence for assault
with a weapon, but his one-year suspension from the NHL ended his 17-year