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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Bertuzzi to plead guilty

Old news by now, but Todd Bertuzzi is likely to plead guilty to charges of some form of assault (lesser charges than he would have faced at trial) on Wednesday. It is widely speculated that he will not receive a criminal record, which is they key to the deal from Bertuzzi's end of things.

If he was slapped with a criminal record, travel to and from the United States would come into question. And now that the criminal proceedings are likely done, what will the NHL do about his suspension?

This entire court proceeding has me wondering what the average hockey fan's take is on the criminal justice system intervening for such on-ice actions. Should the courts be involved in such matters? It's not an easy answer, and perhaps I may get into it at a later date.

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