Oh how times have changed. When Todd Bertuzzi hit Steve Moore on March 8th, 2004, he instantly became public enemy number one in the world of hockey. Fans around the league booed when he touched the puck. Not a few fans, the majority of them.
After missing a year of hockey, not only in the NHL, but abroad, Bertuzzi returned to the game a shadow of his former self. Bertuzzi was hated in Colorado, understandably, but he was hated just as bad, if not worse in Calgary and Edmonton where fans booed his every move, on every shift. He was a regular target for fans on Internet message boards. Opposing fans were adamant that Bertuzzi should be banned for life. Some even swore they would not even take him on their team.
Make no mistake, what Bertuzzi did was wrong, but don’t you find it just a bit hypocritical that the same people that made these comments are now cheering for him as a Calgary Flame?
It’s the nature of sports I guess. You cheer for the team…and the players on it. But in this case the hatred was so strong, the 180 just seems a little interesting.
It’s nice to see Todd off to a good start in Calgary. He’s paid for that night in many different ways, and it’s time for people to move on. Even those that said they would never do so in the past.