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Saturday, September 4, 1999
Bertuzzi wants to turn it upVANCOUVER (CP) -- Todd Bertuzzi figures it's time to push his NHL career from the promising stage to centre-stage.
The strapping left winger has signed a two-year, $2.175 million US contract with the Vancouver Canucks and will be on the ice when training camp drills begin Monday in Kamloops.
"I've got a lot to prove to myself and everyone else," Bertuzzi, 24, told the Vancouver Sun. "I have to perform each and every night and I'm looking for that kind of season."
Bertuzzi uttered similar sentiments a year ago, starred during camp and the exhibition campaign and then broke his left leg in the 10th game of the regular season. He returned 2 1-2 months later, only to tear the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee 22 games into his comeback.
"Yes, the injuries cost me a ton," said Bertuzzi, referring both to statistics and earning power. "I felt good and I felt confident last year and I was playing on the top two lines every game. It's unfortunate, but I'm going to overcome it this year."
In other Canucks news, head coach Marc Crawford completed his staff by hiring his 26-year-old brother, Eric Crawford, as his video co-ordinator and "eye-in-the-sky" during games.
Eric Crawford is the youngest of the nine Crawford children and has coaching experience at both the Tier 2 junior level and at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B.