Todd Bertuzzi drops third-party lawsuit against former Canucks coach

Mark Crawford no longer liable for damages in Steve Moore lawsuit

NHL power forward Todd Bertuzzi has dropped his third party lawsuit against Mark Crawford, who was head coach of the Vancouver Canucks in 2004 when Bertuzzi attacked and injured St. Louis player Steve Moore, ending his NHL career. Bertuzzi’s lawyer, Geoffrey Adair, confirmed the development Thursday with The Globe and Mail. This means Crawford—now a TSN broadcaster—is no longer liable for any damages in Moore’s $38 million lawsuit against Bertuzzi and the Canucks. Moore is suing for lost income due to the premature end to his professional hockey career. Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to charges of assault in the incident, and has since been sentenced to probation and community service. Due to an exemption in the Canucks’ insurance policy, Bertuzzi is personally liable for any damages owed to Moore in the attack, which left him with a broken vertebrae and concussion, The Globe and Mail reports. Moore’s lawsuit is scheduled to be heard in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in September or October, depending on whether Bertuzzi remains an NHL player. The 36-year-old currently plays for the Detroit Red Wings.

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