Todd Bertuzzi is a Canadian winger on the Detroit Red Wings.
Bertuzzi was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1993. He split time between New York and the AHL after his NHL debut in 1995-96, and was traded to Vancouver in 1998. The trade to the Canucks was a jumpstart to Bertuzzi’s career, and he became one of the premier power forwards in the league while with the Canucks. He consistently finished among the top scorers in the league and seemed destined to play out a long and successful career. However, in 2004, Bertuzzi blindsided Avalanche winger Steve Moore with a punch and drove him to the ice, breaking his neck. Moore has not returned to hockey since, and Bertuzzi was suspended from the NHL. After the lockout, he was reinstated, and returned to the Canucks. His legacy from the hit created such distractions for the Canucks that he was traded for goalie Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers. His first season was plagued with injuries, and he was dealt to Detroit at the trade deadline. The Wings lost in the Western Conference Finals, and Bertuzzi signed with the team that won the Cup that year, the Anaheim Ducks. Bertuzzi continued to struggle in Anaheim scoring only 40 points and playing like a shadow of the powerful force he had been in Vancouver. He signed with Calgary in the 2008 offseason. Bertuzzi had a good season with the Flames, scoring 15 goals and 44 points, along with 74 penalty minutes. In 2009, he was signed by the Red Wings.
Bertuzzi has played for Canada three times, but has never won a medal. He played at the 1998 and 2000 World Championships, as well as the 2006 Winter Olympics.