Former NHL bad boy, Todd Bertuzzi admits he was a “douche”

Todd Bertuzzi was involved in one of the worst incidents in the sport of hockey. Back in the 2003-04 season, he was furious with Steve Moore for a hit to a prone Markus Naslund. His response was to assault the unsuspecting agitator.

Todd Bertuzzi cheap shot

It’s one of the most gut wrenching attacks in hockey history as Bertuzzi sucker punches Moore from behind and knocks him out. To make matters worse, he drives the unconscious Moore face first into the ice.

Bertuzzi was suspended for the rest of the 2003-2004 season and playoffs. It took over 10 years, but Steven Moore, whose career was basically never the same, was awarded a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Todd Bertuzzi “I’m sorry I was a douche”

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Todd Bertuzzi (Canucks IG)

Recently, Todd Bertuzzi went on Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup show and admitted he was a douche. “I was too hard, I told you guys, ‘Sorry if I was a douche, man,’” Bertuzzi apologized. “It’s true, I wasn’t very co-operative at times because I wasn’t ready for that stuff.” 

“I was paid to go play hockey and entertain fans not to have stuff written in the paper,” the 45 year-old former forward explained. “I could care less what was written in the paper, the stories that you guys needed.” According to Todd he just wanted to go play hockey and entertain fans, “that’s all I wanted to do.”

Bertuzzi wasn’t sorry to everyone

Of course, the apology wasn’t meant for every member of the media. “[Damien] Cox & [Steve] Simmons are two donkeys that don’t know anything.” Bertuzzi didn’t stop there. “I don’t consider them sportswriters. They’re complete cowards. They just write opinions without ever confronting me or looking me in the eye when I showed up”

Hey…when it comes to Simmons, Bertuzzi isn’t alone. Auston Matthews called him out as well this past season.