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Former Canucks owner forced to testify in Bertuzzi-Moore civil trial

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Detroit Red Wings’ Todd Bertuzzi looks toward players on the Philadelphia Flyers bench after a play during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game in London, Ontario, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)


Former Vancouver Canucks owner John McCaw Jr. is being ordered to testify in the Steve Moore civil case against the Canucks and Todd Bertuzzi in September.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun reports a U.S. District Court in Seattle has ordered McCaw to take the stand at the September 8 trial, over 10 years after the incident that ended Moore’s career. The former Canucks owner (he sold his stake in 2006) has reportedly ignored requests to appear at the trial and the court in Seattle as well as one in Ontario have called for him to speak.

It’s unknown if McCaw will comply with the order, but Simmons says he would be allowed to testify via video. Moore’s attorneys feel McCaw was “well aware” of the threats of retaliation made by Canucks players ahead of the February 16, 2004 incident.

Bertuzzi is set to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Moore’s career was ended after he suffered a concussion and three broken vertebrae when he was attacked by Bertuzzi.

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