Worst hockey scandal: Marty McSorley or Todd Bertuzzi? | The Tylt
Worst hockey scandal: Marty McSorley or Todd Bertuzzi?
Body-to-body contact is part of the game in hockey. However, as soon as sticks get involved, you're talking about straight up assault. Marty McSorley was one of the most feared enforcers of all time. If you're tasked with protecting Wayne Gretzky, you have to be one of the baddest dudes in the league. McSorley may have been a little too bad.
After slashing Donald Brashear in the head, the former Boston Bruin was convicted of assault with a weapon. McSorley was sentenced to 18 months probation, missed the remainder of the 2000 NHL season and suspended for the 2001 season. He would never return to hockey.
Hockey is usually a sport about honor, with unwritten rules as important to the sport. You would figure there would be something in there saying, "Don't punch a guy from behind because it's a crappy thing to do." If there is, Todd Bertuzzi didn't get the memo.
After Steve Moore hit Markus Naslund while going after a puck, Todd Bertuzzi took it on himself to put Moore in his place. In Bertuzzi's head, it meant punching Moore in the back of the head and then driving his skull into the ice.
Moore would suffer three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a grade three concussion, vertebral ligament damage, stretching of the brachial plexus nerves, and facial lacerations. Bertuzzi would plea out of any jail time, but his actions ended a career on the rise.