Guilty Plea in Hockey Attack

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hockey player Todd Bertuzzi has pleaded guilty to assault for slugging an opposing player and then driving the man's face into the ice.

Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalanche suffered some fractured vertebrae, cuts and amnesia in the incident earlier this year. He can do only minimal physical activity right now.

A judge in Vancouver, British Columbia, is still deciding when he'll deliver his sentence -- and it's not clear how much time Bertuzzi will have to serve for the assault. Prior to filing a guilty plea, the Vancouver Canucks player was facing a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.

He has been suspended by the National Hockey League, but league officials expect Bertuzzi to ask for a quick hearing to try and get back in the game -- whenever it resumes. The NHL season has been shut down by a labor dispute.

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