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Report: Canucks' Bertuzzi Will Accept Plea Bargain

Wednesday, December 22, 2004; Page D02

Vancouver Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi will accept a plea bargain from the British Columbia Crown this morning after being charged with assault causing bodily harm, CBC News reported.

Bertuzzi was charged following his attack on the Colorado Avalanche's Steve Moore last March. Bertuzzi pleaded not guilty to the assault charge Aug. 26. According to CBC News, Bertuzzi agreed to plead guilty for a conditional discharge. He will not have a criminal record but will be required to do community service.

BERTUZZI . . . will be required to perform community service.

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Moore was attacked from behind by Bertuzzi and suffered a neck fracture, facial lacerations and a concussion. The incident sent shockwaves through the sports world, and the NHL responded by suspending Bertuzzi for the remainder of the 2003-04 regular season and the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bertuzzi's future eligibility has yet to be determined by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

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