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Citing Precedent

[Re post below this] I found some prior incidents that are precedent for the Bertuzzi case. I didn't think I would find any. * Most recent is the Marty McSorely incident. In 2000, McSorley hit Vancouver Canuck Donald Brashear with his stick. McSorley was charged with assualt, convicted and received an 18 month probation sentence. * 1968/NHL (exhibition game): Chico Maki of the St. Louis Blues hit Ted Green of the Boston Bruins with his stick, fracturing Green's skull. Green retaliated and both players were charged with assault. They were both acquitted of the charges. * 1975/NHL: Dave Forbes of the Boston Bruins used "excessive force" on Henry Boucha of the Minnesota North Stars. Forbes borke Boucha's face and permanently damaged Boucha's eyesight. Forbes went to trial, which ended in a hung jury. * 1977/NBA: Laker Kermit Washington punched Houston Rocket Rudy Tomjanovich in the face. He broek his nose, jaw and skull> Tomjanovich was in the hospital for five months and never played again. He had to have his face rebuitl. Kermit wasn't charged with a crime, but Tomhanovich filed a civil suit and settled out of court for $2 million. Then there's also Mike Tyson, who tried to bite Evander Holyfield's ear off. He was never charged with a crime, though. I'm sure there are hundreds of minor league hockey incidents where criminal charges were filed against a player - I found fifteen after two minutes of looking around. So yes, there is precedent for charges being filed against Bertuzzi. He has an NHL hearing to face this afternoon. Hopefully, the NHL will do the right thing (though one can never count on Bettman to do the right thing) and suspend him for a good, long time. And then turn him over to the police. I know there is some kind of law about undue risk, or exceeding inherent risk at a job. I guess it will be in the DA's hands at that point. I say put Bertuzzi in the hands of Avs fans.

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If you watch SportsCenter this morning they have a couple more incidents for you; one of them resulting in a day in jail for the offender.

In this case, I don't think jail time is necessary. Yes, it was a cheap shot and he should be suspended a hefty amount of time, but hits similar to this happen on a daily basis. The build up to this game and the subsequent injury to Moore is what is causing the media circus. Also, in most of the other cases that garnered legal attention the claim focused on the player using his stick as a weapon.

No Bob Probert examples?

I guess he just got busted for smuggling cocaine in his shorts from Canada. shrug

MAYBE HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE OTHER MICHEAL MOORE, IF HE BELIVED THAT MAYBE IT WAS JUSTIFIED

There's a book about the Tomjanovich-Washington incident, The Punch, reviewed here.

I don't follow sports at all, but I found the story very interesting.

"DO you have any kind of funny taste in your mouth?" the doctor asks, his voice soft...

Yes, Tomjanovich says. It's very bitter. What is it?

"Spinal fluid...You're leaking spinal fluid from your brain."

I think that that was Wayne Maki. Ron "Chico" Maki was his considerably older brother, who played primarily (perhaps entirely) for the Black Hawks.

I think that that was Wayne Maki. Ron "Chico" Maki was his considerably older brother, who played primarily (perhaps entirely) for the Black Hawks.

Mr. ALL CAPS, try to imagine that Michael Moore on ice skates.

There aren't enough Zambonies in the world.

Just out of curiosity, what is everyone's opinion of the worst cheap shot ever? I would vote that McSorley was worse then this one as: a) If I recall correctly, McSorley wasn't even yapping at him before he hit him; and b) He used his stick which is more likely to cause serious harm.

P.S. No need to make it hockey only, though those are the ones that come to mind most readily (unfortunately).

This was worse that the McSorley hit. Moore was skating away, Bertuzzi pulled at him and punched him from behind, and then drive him down onto the ice face first. The 235-245 pound Bertuzzi driving the unconscious Moore onto the ice was at least as dangerous as the stick.

I watch hockey a lot, and hits like this don't happen all the time. That's BS. This was cheap, cowardly, and wrong. He deserves the same punishment as McSorley, and the scorn of fans. Shit like that will ruin the sport.

Hockey is nothing but ruined. It's a completely ridiculous thing, and always has been.

As someone who played organized hockey (grade school through college with a few junior and semi-pro league stints) I say Bertuzzi should get suspended, fined and locked up. He had no "cause" for going after Moore since one of his teammates had already squared off with Moore earlier in the game in retaliation for the Naslund hit. His team was out of the game. He came up from behind, pulled Moore to slow him down and whomped him upside the jaw while still wearing his glove. Then he rode the guy into the ice head first like Moore was some calf at the rodeo.

I hope the Vancouver PD charge him with everything they can throw at him and some of it sticks.

Well, I'm an Av's fan, and I hope he gets suspended for a year and gets charged criminally as well. I like a good tough hockey game as much as the next guy (probably more) but I like it clean. This was the cheapest shot I've ever seen.

And over what? Last month Moore hit the Canucks captain and gave him a concussion. It was a legal hit, and Moore wasn't penalized. The Canucks wanted revenge. Fair enough, that's hockey. It's a tough game. Hell, we had one player finish a game with a lacerated spleen. Nothing happened in the next Avs / Canucks game, a 5-5 tie in Denver that the NHL commish attended. No big surprise there. In the beginning of this game, Moore took some tough hits, and got in one fight. Fine so far. Good tough hockey.

Bertuzzi crossed the line. He went so far over the line that the line is a dot to him. One year should be the minimum suspension.

Rudy T. did indeed play again, starting the next season, but never regainned his old All-Star form and retired soon after.

This was a fictitious attack perpetrated by a fictitious hockey player.

One reason to pursure criminal charges in cases like this is to avoid the escalating revenge violence. This shot was supposedly in retaliation for a previous cheap shot. If players feel like there's no penalty for extracurricular violence, they'll feel like they have to punish it on their own. I doubt that letting players punish violence with violence will do the game any good...

Bolie IV

So far (10AM Eastern), according to WABC radio, the league suspended him for the remainder of the season, and fined the team $250G.

Question: If the team got fined, how come the coach wasn't given suspension time? I remember NY Rangers' coach Brian Trottier getting hit with a suspension when he sent goons onto the ice with something like 5 seconds left in a game for the sole purpose of wreaking havoc.