Former NHL player Steve Moore last summer was under surveillance by several private investigators who followed him and sometimes parked their cars for prolonged periods outside Moore’s parents’ home in Thornhill, the Star has learned.
In late July, Moore filed a complaint with the York Regional Police Department, said a person familiar with the matter.
It’s unclear who hired the investigators who shadowed Moore, a former Colorado Avalanche forward whose hockey career was cut short when he was attacked by Vancouver Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi.
The source said when Moore filed the complaint, police spoke to the investigators to say their actions came close to harassment, although no charges were filed. The source said the investigators denied they were watching Moore, telling police they were working on cases in areas nearby Moore’s home.
A York Region police spokesperson declined to comment.
The revelation that Moore was followed surely will increase the tensions between the onetime NHL player, Bertuzzi and the Canucks. Moore has filed a $38 million lawsuit against Bertuzzi and the NHL club.
Bertuzzi’s legal team has denied hiring private investigators to follow Moore, a source told the Star, while the Canucks have refused to answer questions about whether they hired someone to watch him.
Moore’s lawyer, Tim Danson, in a Nov..22 deposition with Canucks general manager David Nonis asked whether he knew if Moore had been followed. Canucks lawyer Alan D’Silva interrupted and ordered Nonis not to respond.
"So you’re refusing to tell me whether or not surveillance even exists on my client?" Danson asked.
"Correct," D’Silva answered.
"So I understand your position, if there is surveillance you’re only going to advise me if you intend to use it at trial?"
"Correct," D’Silva replied.
Yet it’s possible that a court official could order D’Silva to turn over any surveillance records — if they exist — at a hearing this Friday. Moore’s lawyer has asked Master Ronald Dash, a court official overseeing yesterday’s hearing, to order the Canucks to provide details of any surveillance of Moore, including "the dates, times, and precise locations of the surveillance; the particulars of the activities and observations made; and the names and addresses of the persons who conducted the surveillance."
A hearing yesterday was supposed to clarify the surveillance issue but instead focused on D’Silva’s complaints about media coverage of the case and Danson’s recent court filings.
D’Silva complained about how Danson had interpreted Nonis’s comments in an August deposition when Nonis revealed that several Canucks had told him that in the team locker room before Bertuzzi attacked Moore, former Canucks coach Marc Crawford pointed to the names of several Avalanche players — Moore’s included — and said they "must pay the price."
Moore’s claims have not been proven in civil court, although Bertuzzi already has pleaded guilty to criminal assault.
D’Silva said yesterday Crawford’s statement has widely been taken out of context and "was filed for the purpose of inflaming the public and media and quite frankly, it’s accomplished that purpose."
Moore followed by private investigators: Source
Former NHL player Steve Moore last summer was under surveillance byseveral private investigators who followed him and sometimes parkedtheir cars for prolonged periods outside Moore’s parents’ home inThornhill, the Star has learned.<br />