Counsel will decide whether to charge Bertuzzi

Updated: April 16, 2004, 11:15 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver police completed their investigation of Todd Bertuzzi's on-ice attack that left Colorado's Steve Moore with a broken neck, and prosecutors will decide whether to press charges.

The information has been forwarded to Crown counsel, police said Friday.

 Todd Bertuzzi

"We would expect that Crown counsel will review the information and they will be responsible for making any decision as to whether anyone is charged," spokeswoman Const. Sarah Bloor said.

Bloor said police didn't make any recommendation on charges.

The director of legal services for Crown counsel in British Columbia wouldn't speculate on how long it might take to decide whether to press charges.

"There is no set time line with respect to our decision," Geoffrey Gaul said.

Bloor said both the Canucks and Avalanche cooperated with investigators.

The Canucks' Bertuzzi punched Moore in the back of the head and fell on top of him during a game in Vancouver on March 8.

Moore had a broken neck and cuts on his face, and Bertuzzi was suspended by the NHL for the rest of the season, including the playoffs. He also must meet with the league before being reinstated next season.

Doctors say it's not known when, or if, Moore can play hockey again.

There is precedent for a hockey player facing charges for his on-ice action.

Most recently Marty McSorley, then with the Boston Bruins, was charged with assault after hitting Vancouver's Donald Brashear with a stick to the head in February 2000.

McSorley was convicted of assault with a weapon and given an 18-month conditional discharge.

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