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Almost 10 years later, Steve Moore still experiencing concussion symptoms, now helping others

Sean Leahy
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This March 8 will be the 10th anniversary of the Steve Moore/Todd Bertuzzi incident that saw the former Colorado Avalanche forward suffer fractured vertebrae in his neck and a concussion that still affects him to this day.

It was Bertuzzi, then of the Vancouver Canucks, who punched Moore in the head from behind and drove him face first into the ice. After lying motionless for 10 minutes, Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher and he would never play in the NHL again.

After filing suit against Bertuzzi in 2006, Moore will finally see his case go to trial on this September.

Appearing on Friday's edition of the FAN590's Hockey Central at Noon to promote a street hockey tournament this weekend benefiting his foundation, Moore gave an update on his health all these years later.

"It's been a long road and I still have some post-concussion issues, but all in all I'm really appreciative of the recovery that I've made," Moore said.

Concussions affect everyone differently. In Moore's case, he said he still experiences headaches, low energy, irritability and has trouble sleeping.

Moore never played in the NHL after that night in Vancouver. His contract with the Avalanche expired at the end of the 2003-04 season. He attempted to come back from his injuries, even getting to the point where he was skating and training regularly, but doctors would not medically clear him, even five years later.

Since giving up his dreams of an NHL comeback, Moore has turned his attentions to helping others who also suffered similar injuries. Whether it's former opponents or teammates of his or his brother Dominic's, Moore has attempted to steer them in the right direction for help.

"I'm happy to be able to do whatever I can for for others," Moore said."I feel like I've been fortunate over the last few years from many of the leading doctors in this area things that others are starting to learn. We're trying to speed that up so that people don't have to learn the hard way.

"That's kind of the focus of the foundation. I'm glad to be able to do that in a more comprehensive way."

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