Even before the entire "Steve Moore Incident", Todd Bertuzzi wasn't exactly known as the friendliest man in the NHL.
The longtime NHLer was known as one of the least friendly guys in the league, so much so that media types usually went out of their way to avoid speaking with him. To those people, Bertuzzi has a message: "Sorry if I was a douche, man."
Check out this hilarious soliloquy from Bertuzzi on Sportsnet 650's Starting Lineup program from this morning:
"I was too hard, I told you guys, 'Sorry if I was a douche, man,'" Bertuzzi said. "It's true, I wasn't very co-operative at times because I wasn't ready for that stuff. I didn't want to speak every day. I was paid to go play hockey and entertain fans not to have stuff written in the paper. I could care less what was written in the paper, the stories that you guys needed. I just wanted to go play hockey and entertain fans, that's all I wanted to do."
Well said, Bert. Love him or hate him, it's clear that Bertuzzi has grown a lot in the years since he's been in the NHL.
"Getting older and understanding that a lot more comes with it, I'm sure things would have been less abrasive after 2004, but at the same time what's done is done and we all learn," Bertuzzi went on to say during the program. "If people want to hate me or have an opinion on me because of that then that's OK I'm fine with that."
In particular, it seems that Bertuzzi is still wistful for his time with the Vancouver Canucks and playing in the Vancouver market. He undoubtedly had the best years of his NHL career in Vancouver and now at age 45 he's beginning to appreciate the days he had with the team. Don't forget he had a nearly 100 point season with the Canucks back in 2002-03.
"Vancouver, you know what, looking at it now, they were great, they really were. I was just at that point annoyed with having to answer the same set of questions, I was not prepared for what I needed to do."
Again... well said, Bert.