Eight year anniversary of Todd Bertuzzi vs. Steve Moore incident
It’s been eight years since the darkest night in Vancouver hockey history. Eight years ago today (March 8, 2004), Todd Bertuzzi clocked Steve Moore with a suckerpunch at centre ice in a game between the Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche. It happened at 8:41 of the third period with the Avs in full command leading 8-2.
While Bertuzzi continues to play in the NHL—with the Detroit Red Wings, where the now 37-year-old recently signed a two-year contract extension—Moore never set foot on NHL ice again. His $38 million civil case against Bertuzzi and the Canucks is to be heard in September in an Ontario court.
Lost in the mayhem of that night was the fact that Trevor Linden picked up two assists in the game to move past Stan Smyl and become the Canucks all-time leading scorer. Now, eight years later to the day, Henrik Sedin can tie and/or pass Linden and move into second on the list. The current Canuck captain is sitting with 732 career points, one back of Linden’s total. Markus Naslund is the Canucks all-time points leader with 756.