Date of Birth:  February 2, 1975
 Place of Birth: Sudbury, ON
 Residence: Vancouver, BC
 Years on National Team:
 N/A
 Height:  6'3''
 Weight: 245 lbs

In a year when Team Canada has faced many controversial roster decisions, none was bigger than the selection of Vancouver forward Todd Bertuzzi. Ever since that fateful night in March of 2004, when the burly winger broke Colorado forward Steve Moore's neck when he jumped him from behind, the debate has been raging about whether Big Bert should be in Turin. In the end, Team Canada's braintrust felt he should be.

A strong skater with great hands, Bertuzzi was taken 23rd-overall by the New York Islanders in the 1993 draft -- 21 picks after fellow Team Canada player Chris Pronger, who went second-overall by Hartford. After being drafted, though, Bertuzzi would remain with his junior team in Guelph for two more seasons. In his final year in the OHL, he provided early evidence of his huge talent by scoring 54 goals and 65 assists in 62 games. The gaudy numbers were good enough to earn him a spot on the 1994-95 OHL Second All-Star Team.

Bertuzzi's rookie season on Long Island in 1995-96 produced a solid 18 goals and 21 helpers. Unfortunately, the next few years would be difficult for the power forward as he struggled to keep his spot with the big club. In 1998, he was sent to Vancouver with Bryan McCabe and a third-round pick in the 1998 draft (Jarkko Ruutu) for Trevor Linden.

His first few seasons with the Canucks proved more successful than his time with the Islanders, but it wasn't until the 2001-02 season, when he potted 36 goals and 49 assists, that Bertuzzi proved he belonged with the league's elite scorers. In 2002-03, he would enjoy his biggest year to date, playing on the West Coast Express line with Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison, and scoring career-highs in goals (46) and helpers (51), for a total of 97 points. Bertuzzi played in the All-Star game that year and was named a First-Team All-Star at the conclusion of the season.


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January 11: Better days ahead for Bertuzzi

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