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Old 03-29-2004, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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DENVER (CP) - Colorado Avalanche rookie Steve Moore has no memory of being attacked by Todd Bertuzzi and says he could only stomach watching it a few times on tape.

"I have seen the video of it, not many times,'' he told a news conference Monday at the Pepsi Center. "The couple of times I saw was enough.''

Wearing a neck brace and with a welt still visible below his right eye, Moore made his first public comments since being injured during a March 8 game in Vancouver.

He said he does not remember being injured, with a blank spot of about 15 to 20 minutes on each side of the incident.

"I have no memory of that,'' he said.

"My first memory actually is well after I had been taken off the ice, in the medical room at GM Place,'' he added. "I can't explain how scary it is to kind of wake up to a nightmare."

"I'm playing a game, the next thing I know I'm lying in a room with medical personnel standing over me. I have a neck brace on and I'm having my equipment cut off of me and I'm strapped down, and I really had no idea what was going on. It's pretty scary.''

Moore, who said he has not spoken to Bertuzzi since, steered away from assigning blame. Instead he made a point of thanking people everywhere for their support, specifically singling out the people of Vancouver and Denver.

But he did say: "That kind of stuff doesn't have any place in the game. That's all I want to say about that.''

Moore was released from hospital on March 22, two weeks after he was punched from behind by Bertuzzi.

"As I sit here today, I don't know whether I'll be able to play again,'' he said. "But I remain optimistic. I'm more just fortunate to be alive and to take one day at a time.''

"I've come a long way,'' he added. "Hopefully one day I'll be able to play again.''

It's believed Bertuzzi went after Moore for a Feb. 16 hit that sidelined Vancouver captain Markus Naslund for three games. There was no penalty on the Naslund hit.

Bertuzzi sucker-punched Moore from behind, driving his head into the ice as both players fell forward.

Moore, 25, ended up in the hospital with three fractured vertebrae - two to cervical vertebrae and a fracture of the transverse process in a thoracic vertebra - facial cuts, significant post-concussion symptoms and "significant amnesia.''

Nerves in the neck area were also stretched by the blow.

At the time of his release from hospital, team doctors said it was not known when - or if - he could play hockey again.

Bertuzzi, 29, was suspended for the rest of the regular season - 13 games in all - and for the playoffs. He will have to meet with the league before being reinstated next season.

Going into Monday night's game against Phoenix, Vancouver was 3-4-2 since the Bertuzzi incident.

The Canucks power forward has since spent time at GM Place in Vancouver but hasn't spoken with reporters since a tearful apology the night before his punishment was announced in Toronto by the league.

"Steve, I just want to apologize for what happened out there,'' said Bertuzzi. "I had no intention of hurting you. I feel awful for what transpired.''

"I don't play the game that way,'' he added. "I'm not a mean-spirited person. I'm sorry for what happened.''

Bertuzzi will forfeit some $500,000 US in salary.
I saw the conference and a couple of things I'd like to say is how well orchestrated it was by LaCroix. They only gave a couple of hours warning thus the only press there were home towners. They could have announced this yesterday. Also the guy gave the lame excuse of he hasn't made any contact with Todd because he still has lots of family to get back to etc.

If he isn't ready to talk to Todd because the incident was too traumatic then say so otherwise it is obvious to me that he is keeping his legal options open and accepting any sort of apology would hamper it.

Also he says that there is no schedule for him to start rehab and to that I say BS. While the framework is likely rough because there can be set backs etc there must already be a rehab plan in place.

I have less respect for Moore now than I did yesterday.

BTW he is wearing a brace but was able to move his head from side to side. I realize that the brace restricts movement but obviously his neck is doing well. I had a pinch nerve in my neck once and could move my head like that for weeks without extreme pain.'

That's it for now, I'm out.
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Oh please. I tell ya, its one big huge conspiracy. I do agree on the neck brace thing though, i noticed that too.
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Hey Jim...I bet you wouldn't feel the same about him if it wasn't Bertuzzi that hit him.
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lol.. Its funny though. Every single thing that happens in this little fiasco is always turned around as a canuck fan to be a major conspiracy against the Vancouver Canucks. While everyother fan is laughing at them. The Todd Bertuzzi news conference was straight up and from the heart... BUT THAT MOORE NEWSCONFERNCE WAS A HOAX I TELL YA!!
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lol.. Its funny though. Every single thing that happens in this little fiasco is always turned around as a canuck fan to be a major conspiracy against the Vancouver Canucks. While everyother fan is laughing at them. The Todd Bertuzzi news conference was straight up and from the heart... BUT THAT MOORE NEWSCONFERNCE WAS A HOAX I TELL YA!!
I don't see where I lay out a conspiracy. Can you explain?

I don't think he wasn't sincere in his sentiments but rather well coached and very well prepared.

Todds was orchestrated to a certain degree too but I never said it wasn't.
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Hey Jim...I bet you wouldn't feel the same about him if it wasn't Bertuzzi that hit him.
That's irrelevent because Todd did. I can't say hypothetically.

I've already had a PM about my title but that is my opinion and I make no bones about it.
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Steve Moore, what a freakin JOKE!

you can so tell that what he said is reahearsed. He's just glad hes alive, my ass!
 
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lol.. Its funny though. Every single thing that happens in this little fiasco is always turned around as a canuck fan to be a major conspiracy against the Vancouver Canucks. While everyother fan is laughing at them. The Todd Bertuzzi news conference was straight up and from the heart... BUT THAT MOORE NEWSCONFERNCE WAS A HOAX I TELL YA!!
I don't see where I lay out a conspiracy. Can you explain?

I don't think he wasn't sincere in his sentiments but rather well coached and very well prepared.

Todds was orchestrated to a certain degree too but I never said it wasn't.
ah come on. Name one thing in this whole fiasco that nuck fans haven't turned around and manipulated to make Todd Bertuzzi seem innocent, and Steve Moore to be the devil. When it should be the exact opposite.

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He should be unapologetic shouldn't he :? . After all, what the hell does Moore have to apologize for, not working those neck muscles harder?? Don Cherry says strengthening the neck muscles is good, he forces his grandson to do it, he told me so on his hockey tapes. Moore is a beeyotch but he doesn't owe anybody any sorries.
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