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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Moore has his say in court

Steve Moore spoke via a victim's impact statement in a Vancouver courtroom this morning, and what he had to say would probably come as little surprise to anyone.

"I have no desire to interact with (Bertuzzi) in any way," Moore said in his impact statement. "If I'm ever able to play again, I would ask that Todd Bertuzzi never be permitted to play in any sporting activity I'm involved in."

As an outside observer, I can certainly understand his sentiments. The cheap shot heard around the world was an enormous black eye for hockey and is unmatched in terms of media coverage for an NHL on-ice incident.

At the same time, I know only too well that it will be long debated about why this was even before a court, especially given the precedents - and there are many, one such incident outlined nicely by James Mirtle. There's also a fine line between what can occur on an ice surface in order to be called criminal and worthy of prosecution. There seems to be a large divide between those who think that Bertuzzi should be banned, perhaps for life, and those who share the opinion that enough is enough already.

No matter which side of the fence you are on, hopefully we can all simply move on now that the criminal portion of the case is over with. Perhaps for some, including Steve Moore, that may be too much to ask.

**UPDATE**: Steve Moore will voice his opinion about the sentence handed down to Todd Bertuzzi in a thursday news conference. For those who don't yet know, Bertuzzi was handed a conditional discharge that includes one year of probation. During that time frame, Bertuzzi will not be allowed to play in a hockey game with Moore. In addition, he must also perform 80 hours of ciommunity service.


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