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Moore still 'not the same person'

TORONTO -- Steve Moore says he has been forever changed by
Todd Bertuzzi's blind-sided punch to his head in an NHL game last
season.

He is still feeling the effects from the March 8 attack when
Moore and the Colorado Avalanche played Bertuzzi and the Vancouver
Canucks. And to make matters worse, Moore is upset that Bertuzzi
was able to reach a plea bargain with prosecutors that made it
impossible for Moore to be present for the sentencing hearing on
Wednesday.

Bertuzzi won't serve any jail time, and if he performs 80 hours
of community service and meets his probation requirements, he won't
have a criminal record.

Moore's hockey future is much cloudier. He declined to go into
detail about his condition, but said doctors have told him the
resumption of his playing career is uncertain.

"I still suffer from significant post-concussion symptoms which
prevent me from living a fully normal life," Moore said Thursday.
"I'm just not the same person I was."

Bertuzzi pleaded guilty and received a year's probation in which
he is not allowed to play in a game against Moore.

The Avalanche forward was hospitalized with a broken neck,
facial cuts, post-concussion symptoms and amnesia after Bertuzzi
slugged and jumped him from behind, driving him headfirst into the
ice.

Tim Danson, Moore's lawyer, said he and his client weren't
passing judgment on Bertuzzi's sentence. But Danson has asked the
British Columbia attorney general to investigate why the plea
bargain was allowed to proceed without Moore in the courtroom.

Attorney General Geoff Plant said he was satisfied with the
actions of the prosecution.

"There will be no further investigation," Plant said.

Danson said he learned of the plea bargain on Monday, and was
given just one day's notice of the new court date, not enough for
Moore to get to Vancouver in time.

Moore wanted the chance to personally read his victim impact
statement, but instead it was delivered on his behalf.

"For many months I was expecting that I would get a chance to
tell my story, but they unexpectedly made a plea bargain, which I
unexpectedly first learned about through the media," Moore said.
"This was pulled out from under me at the last minute, it's
disappointing."

Danson suggested that if Bertuzzi felt remorse for assaulting
Moore, he would have ensured the victim would have been in court.

"I have never received a personal apology or a private
apology," Moore said. "Apparently there was an apology
(Wednesday) but I wasn't able to be there."

The attack was seen as retaliation for a hit Moore put on
Vancouver star Markus Naslund that left the Canucks captain with a
concussion and sidelined him for three games. Danson said Moore
received threats for three weeks before the assault took place.

"This attack had nothing to do with hockey," Danson said.
"The puck was nowhere near Mr. Bertuzzi or Mr. Moore. And so what
happened in this case is what they promised, to do serious injury
to Mr. Moore -- and they did. And the result is a $500 fine and
community service."

Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely by the NHL, missing 13
regular-season games and seven postseason games while losing nearly
$502,000 in salary.

Bill Daly, the NHL's chief legal officer, said Wednesday the
league expects Bertuzzi to ask for a quick hearing to reinstate his
playing status despite the ongoing lockout that threatens to wipe
out the season.

Moore, who does not have an NHL contract, suggested he won't
file a civil lawsuit until doctors tell him he can't return to
hockey.