Hearing involves defense motions to dismiss

Former Colorado Avalanche winger Steve Moore is expected to testify at a hearing Monday in Denver District Court in connection with his lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi, Marc Crawford, Brian Burke, Brad May and the Vancouver Canucks' ownership.

The story was first reported by the Denver Post in its Sunday editions.

The hearing involves defense motions to dismiss the case, arguing that it isn't appropriate for a U.S. courtroom.

Moore filed suit in February, beating the one-year statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit. The reason for filing the case in Colorado, Moore's legal team asserts, is that a "conspiracy" to exact vengeance on Moore began after a February 2004 game in Denver, where his hit on Vancouver captain Markus Naslund knocked the Swedish winger out of the lineup for three games.

Bertuzzi's actual attack on Moore, which left Moore with broken neck vertebrae, a concussion and lacerations, took place in the third period of a March 8, 2004 game in Vancouver. Bertuzzi's NHL suspension, which sidelined him for 13 regular-season and seven playoff games, recently was lifted by commissioner Gary Bettman.

Moore's contract with the Avalanche has expired. He is working out again, but he has been hampered by post-concussion symptoms and hasn't been cleared to play hockey. Among the ironies in the case is that Burke and May, alleged to have contributed to the atmosphere of retribution with their remarks, have moved on -- Burke to become GM of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and May to play for Colorado.