Todd Bertuzzi probably won't face Steve Moore when the reinstatement hearing for the suspended NHL player takes place next week in New York.
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Todd Bertuzzi won't be in the same room with Steve Moore at his reinstatement hearing next week. (CP File Photo)
CBC News has learned the format of the meeting, which will be held April 26th, is being modified to accommodate the still lingering bitterness over Bertuzzi's attack on Moore in March of last year.
Though Moore says he won't stand in the way of the reinstatement process, he made it clear he does not want to be in Bertuzzi's presence at the hearing. Moore and his Toronto lawyer Tim Danson will likely meet NHL commissioner Gary Bettman privately.
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Moore, a former Colorado Avalanche player, has been unable to skate or exercise since suffering a severe concussion when he was attacked by Bertuzzi during a March 8 contest in Vancouver.
Medical records documenting Moore's health and prognosis will be provided to the commissioner. When he suspended the Canucks forward last year, Bettman said Moore's condition would be a factor in determining when Bertuzzi would be reinstated.
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Bertuzzi will be accompanied in New York by his agent Pat Morris, NHLPA legal counsel Ian Pulver and Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis.
Bertuzzi had hoped he could join Team Canada for the world hockey championship in Austria at the end of this month, but the hearing occurs only four days before Canada's first game in Innsbruck and its 23-man roster was set over the weekend with the final spot being filled by Scott Walker of the Nashville Predators.
Hockey Canada says that under international rules, as many as three players can be added after three tournament games but that has never been done.
Moore has filed a civil suit in Colorado against Bertuzzi, Vancouver team-mate Brad May, Canucks head coach Marc Crawford, former Canucks general manager Brian Burke and the Canucks organization.