Still no date set for arraignment

Updated: July 9, 2004, 5:26 PM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Todd Bertuzzi's assault case was adjourned for two weeks after a minute-long hearing Friday.

Prosecutor Garth Loeppky said he hopes to get an arraignment date when the case resumes July 22.

Bertuzzi, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, was charged with assaulting Colorado's Steve Moore during a game.

Bertuzzi was not required to attend the hearing, and his lawyer, Len Doust, said he didn't know if Bertuzzi will be in court in two weeks.

Doust would not comment on what plea Bertuzzi might enter.

"I can't tell you that," Doust said. "That's privileged information. That's Mr. Bertuzzi's information, not mine."

Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely by the NHL, missing 13 regular-season games and seven postseason games, losing nearly $502,000 in salary, following his blind-side punch to Moore's head on March 8 in Vancouver.

Moore was hospitalized with three fractured vertebrae, facial cuts, post-concussion symptoms and amnesia. Nerves in the neck area were stretched.

It was not known then when, or if, the Colorado Avalanche center would play again.

Bertuzzi has not been seen in public since Vancouver's playoff game April 19, after which Canucks players presented game-worn sweaters to selected fans. Bertuzzi received a huge ovation when he walked onto the ice wearing his No. 44 sweater over a shirt and tie. He hugged a fan, waved to admirers and went back in the dressing room.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press