Bertuzzi asks for hearing to get suspension lifted |

Bertuzzi asks for hearing to get suspension lifted

TORONTO – Todd Bertuzzi has asked for a hearing with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to determine if his indefinite suspension for his attack on Colorado’s Steve Moore should be lifted. Pat Morris, Bertuzzi’s agent, said he is waiting to hear from Bettman. NHL chief legal counsel Bill Daly has said Bettman at some point soon wants to schedule a hearing, a move backed by the NHL Players Association. Bertuzzi was suspended for the balance of the regular season and playoffs for his hit on Moore during a March 8 game in Vancouver. On Dec. 22 in Vancouver, Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm. He received probation and was ordered to perform community service. Moore has not completely recovered from his broken neck and concussion. He was not re-signed by the Avalanche and is an unrestricted free agent, his hockey future uncertain. With NHL players locked out, Bertuzzi could consider playing in Europe. About one-quarter of the league’s players have joined European clubs during the labor dispute. The player transfer deadline is Jan. 31, and Bertuzzi would need permission from the International Ice Hockey Federation, whose council meets Jan. 14 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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